Russia claimed, on Thursday, the arrest of the deputy commander of a unit of the Ukrainian nationalist battalion Aidar, before it was reorganized and absorbed by the Ukrainian army, Russian newspapers reported.
A court in Rostov-on-Don, a border region of Ukraine, ruled on Thursday that Private Denis Moriga, He will be held for investigation for two monthsAccording to the Interfax news agency.
According to the source, Moriga, who holds dual Russian and Ukrainian citizenship, was arrested when he tried to cross the border into Russia disguised as a refugee in the Rostov region in April.
According to the official RIA Novosti news agency, the man is Suspected of involvement in an illegal armed group.
Russia also accuses him of destroying a bridge in the so-called Lugansk People’s Republic in 2015, in the context of the armed conflict between the Ukrainian army and pro-Russian rebels backed by Moscow, and of killing guards of separatist militias.
Aidar belongs to a nationalist territorial defense battalion that operated in 2014 in the northern Lugansk region and was accused by Amnesty International that year of involvement in widespread abuses, including kidnappings, unlawful detention, ill-treatment, robbery, extortion and possible executions.
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