Members of the pro-Kiev “volunteer battalions” were leaving the Donbass, to go and fight in Syria, on the side of ISIS, the press officer of forces the Lugansk People’s Republic, Ivan Filiponenko, said at a briefing.
According to him, one of the reasons was that the long delays in payments in the zone of the so-called “Joint Forces Operation,” in the Donbass.
“Long delays in cash payments in the JFO zone, as well as the unstable situation in the country caused Ukrainian militants from the volunteer battalions to leave for the Syrian Arab Republic to participate in the military conflict on the side of the Islamic State (ISIS),” Filiponenko said.
At the same time, he stressed that these people, that have combat experience in the Donbass and considers war to be a way of earning money, “has the full support of the special services of Ukraine.”
“According to our data, representatives of a specially created structure attached to the security service of Ukraine are involved in preparing the necessary documents for Ukrainian nationalists and organizing their unhindered entry into the Syrian Arab Republic,” Filiponenko added.
According to intelligence from the LPR, links between the pro-Kiev nationalist battalions and ISIS were established a while ago.
Earlier it became known that the commanders of units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine who take part in sabotage activities were trained by the same instructors who trained terrorists in Syria.
On June 26th, the LPR announced that the Ukrainian troops had left their positions near the village of Sokolnik, Slovianoserbsk area. The reason was the lack of security and living conditions.
Approximately two weeks ago, a member of the “Volunteer Battalion” was killed in Syria. He wasn’t fighting on the side of ISIS, but he was fighting on the side of Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda), which was also designated as a terrorist organization. The militant was a field commander with the call sign Abdul-Ilgiz Al Kerim.
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.
Since 2014, pro-Kiev forces have become a gather point for all sorts of radical groups, be it Nazis or Islamists, as long as they fought on “the right side,” they were deemed “moderate,” and everything was forgiven.
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