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.