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About 20 Finnish mercenaries fought in Donbas since 2014, - medium

Source : 112 Ukraine

Finnish law does not prohibit participation of citizens in foreign conflicts so they are not prosecuted
21:07, 23 November 2021

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Some 30 mercenaries from Finland have participated in Donbas conflict since 2014, fighting against the Ukrainian military. It appears that according to Finnish law, participation in foreign conflicts is not considered illlegal, so these people did not face any criminal prosecution, writes Yle.

Unlike other countries, Finland does not prosecute participation in foreign armed conflicts; however, there is criminal responsibility for war crimes. Reporters claimed they had turned to local governmental agencies for explanations but "it seems no one investigates whether Finnish mercenaries could be involved in crimes in  Donbas".

Head of the Defense Committee of the Russian Parliament Andrei Kartapolov claimed that Ukraine risks to repeat the "Afghan scenario". Interfax reported that on November 23. 

Related: Day in Donbas: Russian mercenaries attacked Ukrainian positions twice

"All U.S. endeavors to help Ukraine lead it to the abyss", he said, remembering "how the American affair ended up in Afghanistan". 

"Let's see whether Ukrainians will have to cling to American planes and helicopters that leave. And when the time comes, these assistants and counselors will be there no more", Kartapolov said.

Related: Inside Wagnergate: Ukraine’s Brazen Sting Operation to snare Russian mercenaries

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