LUHANSK (Sputnik) — About 300 foreign mercenaries fight on the side of Kiev in eastern Ukraine's Lugansk Region, Chief of Staff of the People’s Militia of the Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR) Oleg Anashchenko said Friday.
"According to our records, there are over 300 foreign mercenaries in the Lugansk Region who serve in different units," Anashchenko said.
He noted that the Kiev authorities resorted to such measures due to the Ukrainian military's unwillingness to carry out certain "criminal" orders.
Low morale of the Ukrainian army also prompts Kiev to search for help from abroad, according to Anashchenko.
In June 2016, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko ordered the General Staff of the Ukrainian army to publish data on the number of foreigners who are fighting on Kiev's side in Ukraine's east.