14:09 GMT16 January 2021
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    Czech police have detained a criminal group of over a dozen people, including former members of Ukrainian armed formations, as well as German and Czech nationals, local media report.

    PRAGUE (Sputnik) – The 15 members of the group who are suspected of theft and tax evasion could face up to 23 years in prison in Germany, Czech Radio said on Thursday.

    The group has been active in Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Austria.

    About 250 Czech police officers were involved in the operation to capture members of the criminal group. The Czech police were assisted by over 100 law enforcement members from other countries.

    An internal conflict has been ongoing in southeastern Ukraine since 2014. Residents of the southeastern Donetsk and Lugansk regions have refused to recognize the new coup-installed Kiev authorities, which in turn launched a military operation against them. A number of volunteer battalions, notorious for their human rights violations, have been involved in military action against Donetsk and Lugansk residents.


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