The Russian Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday that Israeli mercenaries are fighting with the ultranationalist Azov Battalion in Ukraine.
In an interview with Russian Sputnik radio, Maria Zarakhova, a spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, said that “Israeli mercenaries are practically shoulder to shoulder with Azov militants in Ukraine”.
— The Palestine Chronicle (@PalestineChron) May 3, 2022
The Azov Battalion is an ultranationalist, far-right militia that was formed in May 2014 out of the ultra-nationalist Patriot of Ukraine gang and the neo-Nazi Social National Assembly (SNA) group, to fight pro-Russian separatists in the Donbas region.
According to the Lebanese-based Al Mayadeen news network, “leaked documents published by the Russian Rebar newspaper revealed a list of mercenaries fighting in Ukraine as part of the so-called ’International Legion,’ which included 45 nationalities, most notably from the United States, the United Kingdom, France, and Israel, as well as other European countries.”
— The Palestine Chronicle (@PalestineChron) May 2, 2022
The tension between Moscow and Tel Aviv has been rising in recent weeks. After an initial attempt to maintain a certain degree of neutrality, Israel openly condemned Russia’s military operation in Ukraine.
(The Palestine Chronicle)