Suspected Russian proxy force nurse arrested while trying to get pension in Ukraine

21 December 2021, 02:40 PM

Ukrainian police in Luhansk have arrested a woman who allegedly worked as a medic for Russian proxy forces in the non-government-controlled part of Luhansk Oblast.

In a statement issued on Dec. 21, police said the 59-year-old suspect was arrested at a checkpoint in the government-controlled part of Luhansk Oblast. Police said she had entered government-controlled territory in order open a Ukrainian state pension account.

According to the suspect’s testimony, she joined Russian proxy forces in the autumn of 2014. For two years she served as a medical orderly in an air defense artillery battalion stationed in the city of Khrustalne, 65 kilometers southwest of the non-government-controlled city of Luhansk.

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The suspect said she had left the group in May 2016 due to ill health.

If found guilty of membership in an illegal armed group, the woman could face up to eight years in prison.

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