A member of the Ukrainian “volunteer” battalion who fought in the region of Donbass in eastern Ukraine was killed in northern Syria.
According to reports, a column of Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham militants, under the command of field commander Abu Hashid, was shelled by unknown fighters near the city of Icarda, Aleppo Province. The militants were en route to assist those already fighting against government forces in the Hama province.
One truck vehicle was destroyed, and in it was a field commander with the call sign Abdul-Ilgiz Al Kerim, who died. His comrades-in-arms claimed that he came from the Republic of Crimea and joined the Ibadu ar-rahman detachment. Prior to that, he participated in a conflict in eastern Ukraine, where he was injured.
His injury happened in 2014, most likely, this happened in the battle of Ilovaisk, where the pro-Kiev Crimean Tatar militant group branded as the “Battalion Crimea” was completely defeated. After the dismantling of the “Battalion Crimea” in 2015, the former militants took up the usual criminal business.
They, using weapons obtained in the conflict zone, they terrorized the region of Kiev and Kherson paying tribute to small and medium-sized entrepreneurs.
A part of these militants joined another enthnic-based armed group – Noman Celebicihan Battalion. This organization participated in the Kiev-endorsed economic blockade of Crimea and, alongside with the so-called Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People [another radical group] participated in terrorist attacks that led to the mass blackout in Crimea in 2015.
After Kiev was forced to take an action against the bandits who had fled, some of them, fearing persecution, went to Syria. These “democrats” joined the ranks of the militant group “Crimean Jamaat”, which was created in Syria in the summer of 2015. Just months later, in the fall of 2015, the group swore allegiance to the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda – Jabhat al-Nusra.
In 2016, it was reported that a group consisting of Crimean Tatars was formed within Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (the new brand of Jabhat al-Nusra). Abdul-Ilgiz al-Kerim started his international terrorist career in this unit.
The participation of Crimean Tatars on the side of the militant groups fighting against the Syrian government forces was initially announced by the former leader of the Mejlis Mustafa Dzhemilev. In particular, a few years ago, he said that the Crimean Tatar militant, who was part of Hizb ut-Tahrir, had been blown up in Syria by a mine.
This story, among others is a clear example of the real face of patriotism brewing acros Ukraine. The interesting fact is that this patriotism involved even some non-Ukrainian citizens and ISIS-trained ‘activists’. These facts were even reported by some mainstream media outlets.
On December 26, 2018, The Times posted an article titled “Putin is our enemy too, says Chechen fighter in Ukraine”. It provides a look at “activists” that voluntarily assist efforts of the Ukrainian Armed Forces in their conflcit with local resistance in the region of Donbass.
These activists, some trained in ISIS camps, formed the Sheikh Mansur battalion and actively operated along with Ukrainian Army units in the combat zone.
After the 2014 Maidan Coup, Ukraine has become a hotbed of various radical groups (from Islamist to Nazis), organized crime networks, sects and sectarian-style believes.
Radicals are obtaining combat expirience in the combat zone in the eastern part of the country. A high level of corruption and a flow of weapons from the region of Donbass has led to a rapid growth of organized crime groups (at least some of them is formed by members of pro-Kiev “volunteer” battalions). The society is divided by political and religious views and even ethnically.
The Kiev government and their Western sponsors are actively working to shape the Ukrainian society in order to supress the last pockets of resistance. Media outlets, non-governmental organizations and even churches that do not act in the framework of the pro-Western mainstream agenda. In the coming years, it’s expected that various Islamic sects, non-canonical churches and new age-styled liberal beliefs will continue their rapid growth in Ukraine. These entities will be used as a tool to dismantle traditional religions, including Islam and Christianity. This will lead to a further atomisation and division of the society making it a soft target for the ongoing radicalisation and propaganda campaign.
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