Russia designates Azov a ‘terrorist organization’

2 August, 05:13 PM
Azov Regiment chevrons (Photo:Azov via Telegram)

Azov Regiment chevrons (Photo:Azov via Telegram)

Responding to a request from the Russian Prosecutor-General, Russia’s Supreme Court has officially designated Ukraine’s Azov Regiment as a “terrorist organization,” Russian news agency RIA Novosti reported on Aug. 2.

The court decision incorrectly refers to the regiment as a “battalion.”

Ukrainian soldiers, who served in the regiment, could now face harsh prison sentences, as the ruling effectively strips them of POW status.

In response Azov Regiment, a part of Ukraine's National Guard, called for the United States to label Russia "a terrorist state."

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Days earlier, Russia carried out a false flag attack on a facility in Donetsk Oblast where it housed Ukrainian POWs, including those from the Azov Regiment, killing at least 53 captive Ukrainians there.

Moscow made attempts to blame Ukraine for the attack, claiming the facility in Olenivka was struck with U.S.-supplied HIMARS rocket artillery systems.

However, satellite, video and photographic evidence from the scene of the atrocity appears to contradict this and instead indicates that the attack was carried out with a thermobaric weapon.

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