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    Ukrainian media reported on Sunday that Right Sector militants had left their positions in Donbass, a zone of the armed conflict between Kiev forces and local independence supporters, following a row with Kiev over a shootout with police officers. However, the organization's leader Dmytro Yarosh denied the reports.

    DONETSK (Sputnik) — Ukraine’s Right Sector ultranationalist group fighters have begun to leave their deployments in Donbass and move toward Kiev, the deputy commander of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic’s forces, Eduard Basurin, said Monday.

    "Indeed, some Right Sector militants are really leaving their locations in Donbass, and are deploying their military forces to Kiev," Basurin told RIA Novosti.

    Meanwhile, Ukrainian security forces increase their numbers in Donbass, Basurin added.

    On Saturday, Right Sector militants exchanged fire with police in the Ukrainian southwestern town of Mukachevo, leaving at least three people dead. Following the shootout, the Right Sector said it would send its troops to Kiev.

    The Right Sector is a loose assembly of radical nationalist organizations that played a major role in violent clashes leading to the February 2014 coup in Ukraine.

    In November 2014, the Russian Supreme Court recognized the Right Sector as an extremist organization, and its activity was subsequently banned in Russia. In Russia, a criminal case has been launched against the group for its terrorist activities.

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    Right Sector, Eduard Basurin, Mukachevo, Donbass, Ukraine
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