Status: 02/08/2022 1:31 p.m.
Russian justice has qualified the Ukrainian Azov regiment as “terrorist”. For the fighters at the Azov Steelworks in Mariupol in Russian captivity, the decision could mean very severe punishment.
The Supreme Court of Russia has labeled the Ukrainian Azov regiment a “terrorist organization”. A court judge told Russia’s Tass news agency that paramilitary forces in Azov were classified as a “terrorist organization” and that their activities were banned in Russia.
The decision could mean a very severe punishment for members of the Azov regiment captured by Russia, best known for its fierce battles over the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol. After weeks of siege, the fighters surrendered to Russian superiority and were taken prisoner.
Ultranationalist and far-right roots
The volunteer unit has ultra-nationalist and far-right roots, but split from its far-right founder some time ago. Integration into the Ukrainian army followed.
Russian leaders keep pointing the finger at the Azov regiment to back up their claims that they are fighting neo-Nazis in Ukraine. There, the Azov regiment is one of the most important military formations fighting Russian troops in eastern Ukraine.
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