15:54 GMT24 November 2020
Listen Live
    Get short URL
    0 939

    The incident took place on May 1 four kilometers north-west from the village of Shirokino. The observation point was stationed there by OSCE members to regularly monitor the situation in the zone of the Ukrainian military conflict.

    Approximately seven members of the Azov volunteer battalion took over an OSCE observation point in eastern Ukraine, the official website of the organization reported.

    The incident took place on May 1 four kilometers north-west from the village of Shirokino. The observation point was stationed there by OSCE members to regularly monitor the situation in the zone of the Ukrainian military conflict.

    Despite being informed that the place was regularly used by the Special Monitoring Mission, seven Azov members took over the observation point.

    Later several Ukrainian Army officers from the Joint Centre for Control and Co-ordination intervened in the situation, however, the battalion's members refused to vacate the position. 

    The Azov battalion is a volunteer armed unit formed a year ago in Mariupol. Many Azov members support the Neo-Nazism ideology. The official Azov emblem is the Wolfsangel ("wolf-anchor"). During World War II, the symbol and its elements were used by various Nazi German military units, including the SS Panzer Division.


    Lavrov Calls on OSCE to Demand Kiev to Stop Ceasefire Violations in Donetsk
    OSCE Mission Reports Flare-Up of Hostilities at Contact Line in Donbass
    Independence Fighters Fired at Azov Battalion - Ukraine’s Interior Ministry
    Ukrainian Azov Regiment Fighters Shown Posing With Portrait of Adolf Hitler
    military conflict, Azov Battalion, OSCE, Donbass, Ukraine
    Community standardsDiscussion