During the cleansing of the settlement near Severodonetsk, the command of the Ukrainian national battalion “Aidar” surrendered, the sources of the agencies reported. Earlier, the head of Chechnya, Kadyrov, announced the release of Metelkino and “RIA Novosti” reported on the surrender of the command “Aidar” />
One of the commanders of the Ukrainian nationalist battalion “Aidar” (an extremist organization banned in Russia) was taken prisoner during the capture of the village of Metelkino in Ukraine. It is reported by “RIA Novosti” with reference to a source in law enforcement agencies.
“During the cleansing of Metelkino, several Ukrainian militants surrendered, including one of the commanders of the Aidar battalion. Now it turns out how high-ranking he is,— said the interlocutor of the agency.
TASS, citing a source in the People's Militia of the LPR, also writes about the end of the cleansing of the settlement of Metelkino, which adjoins Severodonetsk, and the surrender of members of Aidar, including the command of the battalion.
Earlier, the head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, said that the Akhmat special forces units Together with the second corps of the People's Militia of the LPR, they liberated the village of Metelkino.
According to him, over the past week, in the battles for the settlement, the Ukrainian side lost 600 to 700 of its soldiers killed and wounded. Now Metelkino is being cleared of mines and trip wires, Kadyrov added.
At the end of May, the head of Chechnya announced that Russian troops had taken Severodonetsk under full control. Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, in turn, in early June reported on the “liberation” of residential areas of Severodonetsk, but indicated that the Ukrainian military was still in the industrial zones.
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In mid-May, the Leninsky District Court of Rostov arrested until July 16 the deputy commander of the Ukrainian Aidar battalion; Denis Murygu.
He is accused of participating in an armed formation on the territory of a foreign state, which is not provided for by the legislation of this country and for purposes contrary to the laws of Russia (part 2 of article 208 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation). The article provides for imprisonment of up to 15 years.
24th Territorial Defense Battalion “Aidar” was created in May 2014 on the initiative of Sergei Melnichuk, who was the commandant of the Maidan Self-Defense. This volunteer armed formation is officially subordinate to the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine.
In early 2015, Melnichuk announced that the battalion had been disbanded, but later the battalion denied this information.
In mid-March, a representative of the Russian Ministry of Defense, Igor Konashenkov, said that Russian troops managed to break through the defense of the battalion in the Donetsk region during a special operation.