Heroes of no man’s land: fate of the Russian-backed militants

Author : Vitaliy Portnikov

Source : 112 Ukraine

Ukrainians think Donbas militants are thugs and mercenaries. Russians think they are just nobody
23:34, 14 July 2016

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Many Russians sigh over the fate of bandits, who first fought on the side of "militants" in the so-called "People's Republics" of occupied Donbas, and then went to get the awards.

The organization of Russians who participated in Donbas hostilities, "Volunteer Union of Donbas," states that there are at least 17 trials of former "militants," who are being prepared for deportation. The others “fighters” might face the same problems.

Related: Russia prepares for jump-off in Donbas region, - Turchynov

Russian law provides immigration benefits for the residents of the occupied regions. However, not only the local bandits were attracted by the ability to kill and loot.

Immigrants from other Ukraine’s regions and other former Soviet republics are among the "militants." It is like a criminal Internationale! These people are detained, and after showing the invalid IDs, the deportation process begins immediately.

These "heroes" are trying to convince the judges that they killed "in the name of their country and in the name of Putin." "Volunteer Union of Donbas" protects all these nithings.

Related: MP: Ukraine will only start fulfilling law on ‘special status of Donbas’ after Russia does

The situation is complicated by the fact that among the "militants" there are criminals with an uneven past.

Related: Stoltenberg: NATO urges Russia to stop supporting militants in Donbas

In the occupied territories, the Russian-backed militants are heroes. For Ukraine they are thugs and mercenaries. And for Russia they are just nobody. And this “nobody” most accurately reflects their real status.

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Related: Kerry: U.S. to continue sanctions against Russia if it fails to bring down tensions in Donbas

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