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Russia to investigate crimes of foreign mercenaries in Ukraine

Russian Investigative Committee to document crimes to establish identities

The Russian Investigative Committee will examine information released by the media about Americans and other foreigners who came to Ukraine as mercenaries to participate in the battles against the special operation carried out by Russia in that country.

“In the framework of the criminal case related to mercenaries, the information published in the media about the arrival of foreigners in Ukraine to commit crimes against Russian-speaking citizens and residents of Donbas will be analyzed,” the Committee said in a statement, the Sana agency reported.

For the investigation, the Committee will assess the participation of American and foreign mercenaries who came to Ukraine to participate in the battles, and measures will be taken to document the crimes of the mercenaries and determine their identities.

It should be remembered that Russian President Vladimir Putin announced on February 24 the launch of a special military operation in Ukraine, alleging that the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics need help in the face of genocide by Kyiv.

Last Sunday, the Russian Investigative Committee announced that it will document new information about the crimes of the Ukrainian security forces, such as the bombing of Mykivka and Donetsk, as well as threats against the inhabitants of the Zaporozhye region.

More than six thousand 800 foreign mercenaries

According to the spokesman for Russian Ministry of DefenseMajor General Igor Konashenkov, the Ukrainian government has recruited 824 mercenaries from 63 countries since the beginning of the Russian military operation in Ukraine.

In statements provided in April, he specified that 717 come from Poland; 500 are from the United States, Canada and Romania; from the United Kingdom and Georgia, 300 each; while 193 arrived in Ukraine from the areas of the Syrian Arab Republic controlled by Türkiye.

Konashenkov stressed that foreign mercenaries do not have the status of combatants under international humanitarian law.

“They came to Ukraine to earn money by killing Slavs. Therefore, the best that awaits them is criminal responsibility and long prison sentences,” he warned.

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