According to investigators, they came from the US, UK, Canada, Norway, Georgia and other countries. The cases were initiated based on the testimony of Ukrainian prisoners of war who are now in Russia
The Investigative Committee opened criminal cases against 75 mercenaries who are participating in hostilities on the side of Ukraine, said the head of the committee, Alexander Bastrykin, in an interview with RT.
According to the Investigative Committee, the mercenaries arrived from the USA, Great Britain, Canada, Norway, Georgia and other countries.
“For example, a citizen of Georgia Mamulashvili created an armed formation “Georgian National Legion” on the territory of Ukraine, spoke its leader and involved in its activities as mercenaries at least 24 citizens of Georgia,— said the head of the UK.
Data on mercenaries who became defendants in criminal cases were obtained from Ukrainian prisoners of war who are now in Russia, Bastrykin explained. Investigators are working with them. “These testimonies concern, among other things, work with foreign instructors, as well as the participation of citizens of other countries as mercenaries,” — added the head of the Investigative Committee.
According to his data, there are more than 2,000 Ukrainian prisoners in Russia.
On February 27, President Volodymyr Zelensky announced that Ukraine intends to involve foreign volunteers in the hostilities. Then he announced the creation of an international legion of territorial defense of Ukraine.
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In early March, the Russian Ministry of Defense announced that foreign mercenaries and fighters from private military campaigns began to arrive in Ukraine.
A month and a half later, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova reported that about 7 thousand people from 63 countries went to Ukraine, including from the USA, Canada, Georgia, Great Britain, Poland and Romania.
On May 2, the Politico newspaper wrote that in the hostilities in Thousands of foreigners are participating in Ukraine, including Americans who have undergone combat training.
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