Saturday, February 14, 2015

Right Sector to Continue Military Operation Regardless of Minsk Deal

Sputnik | Feb 13, 2015

Dmytro Yarosh, Ukraine's ultra-nationalist Right Sector movement leader claimed his group would not recognize the Minsk agreements and reserved the right to continue military operation in eastern Ukraine.

© Sputnik/ Pavel Palamarchuk
Ekaterina Blinova — Leader of Ukraine's Right Sector movement Dmytro Yarosh announced that ultra-nationalists involved in Donbas military operation will not recognize the Minsk agreements and reserve the right to continue military actions against independence supporters in eastern Ukraine.

"If the Armed Forces of Ukraine receives an order to withdraw heavy weaponry and artillery [from the front lines] and set the ceasefire regime, the Right Sector Volunteer corps reserves the right to continue military actions in accordance with its own operative plans until complete liberation of Ukrainian territories," Yarosh wrote on his Facebook page on February 13.

According to Dmytro Yarosh, Right Sector is currently deploying its combatants and military reserves, and providing training to the recruits, while coordinating its activities with the Armed Forces of Ukraine and volunteer battalions of Defense Ministry and the Ministry of Internal Affairs, which take part in the special operation in eastern Ukraine.

The Right Sector is an ultra-nationalist movement, incorporating several Ukrainian far-right groups and organizations. The movement appeared the most active force of Ukraine's Maidan protests of January 2013 and February 2014. The ultra-nationalists participated in armed clashes with police and organized seizure of administrative buildings in the country. Since April 2014 the Right Sector has been taking part in suppressing protests in eastern Ukraine.

Since November 2014, the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation has recognized the right-wing organization as an extremist and banned its activity on the territory of Russia. Earlier Russia's prosecutors initiated a criminal case against Dmytro Yarosh for public calls for terrorist activity.

It is worth mentioning that on Thursday, during the second round of peace talks, the leaders of Ukraine, Germany, Russia, and France and the representatives of Donetsk and Luhansk, discussed a 13-point reconciliation deal aimed at ending of military confrontation, the withdrawal of heavy weaponry from the front line by both sides of the conflict, as well as constitutional reforms in Ukraine.

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