Swedes join far-right militias in Ukraine’s fight against rebels


Mikola,   “Lemko” and Severin,   three foreign volunteers fighting with the Azov Battalion. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlinIRISH TIMES. Sitting in the shade of a broad pine tree and a pink-and-orange umbrella, two Swedes and a Canadian explain why they are ready to kill, and be killed, for the future of a free Ukraine.

They are members of the Azov Battalion, one of several units of volunteers fighting alongside Ukraine’s military and national guard against separatist rebels – allegedly backed by Moscow – who want the country’s eastern regions to join Russia.

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Jim Brash
Jim Brash
7 september 2015 kl 11:05

There is really more and more evidence that significant numbers of Western volunteers support Ukrainian army in Donbas
Although engagement of private armed forces in fighting on Ukrainian territory is contrary to Ukraine’s Constitution. Moreover, as these soldiers are mercenaries, it is contrary to principles of international law, too. Nevertheless Kiev constantly repeats that “the law is being broken in the interests of “Free Ukraine”. It means that soon it allows everyone to break any law, eh?

30 juli 2014 kl 15:14

SvD: Fyra svenskar slåss i Ukraina [30 juli 2014]

“Fyra svenskar strider i den ukrainska insatsstyrkan Azov, vars flagga pryds av en nazistsymbol, rapporterar Sveriges Radio. En av dem är Mikael Skillt, som SvD tidigare intervjuat. Enligt ukrainska statsvetare hotar gruppen landets demokratibygge.”