14:45 GMT07 May 2021
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    The armed wing of the Ukrainian nationalist Right Sector group decided to suspend "mobilization" to its battalions, the group said in a statement.

    "Enrollment to the training center of the Right Sector volunteer corps with the following deployment to the front line has been postponed for a short period of time," the group said.

    The organization did not provide the reason for the decision.

    Earlier, Kiev authorities decided to incorporate all volunteer battalions taking part in the military operation in Donbass into the Ukrainian Armed Forces and the National Guard. Ukrainian Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak later said that there were no volunteer forces in Donbass anymore.

    The special military operation in Donbass involved Ukrainian regular troops as well as several privately-funded battalions, including Azov, Aidar, Donbass, Dnepr-1 and Dnepr-2 battalions, and forces of the radical Right Sector movement and the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN).

    Some of the fighters, including the Right Sector, refused to join the Ukrainian Armed Forces. In late April, the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense and the leadership of the ultranationalists held talks to reach a consensus on this matter. Right Sector wanted to join the Defense Ministry's forces only as a separate combat unit.

    The Right Sector was established as a coalition of ultra-nationalist and neo-Nazi organizations of Ukraine during the Euromaidan protests of 2013-2014 in Kiev. The organization is banned in Russia: it was recognized as extremist in November 2014 by the Supreme Court of Russia. The group's leader Dmytro Yarosh was put on Interpol's wanted list in accordance with Russia's request.


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