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Ukraine frees, arms felons to fight Russia, prosecutor confirms

RT | February 27, 2022

Ukraine is releasing inmates and criminal suspects with a military background so they can join the fight against Russia’s “special operation” in the country, an official in Ukraine’s prosecutor general’s office confirmed on Sunday.

Moscow attacked its neighbor on Thursday, arguing it was defending the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics, which broke off from eastern Ukraine shortly after the 2014 coup in Kiev. Ukraine condemned the move, claiming it was an act of unprovoked aggression.

Service record, combat experience, and repentance are among the factors considered in each individual case, Andriy Sinyuk, a prosecutor at the prosecutor general’s office told Hromadske TV on Sunday. “It’s a complicated issue decided at the highest level,” he said.

Sinyuk was quoted by Hromadske as saying that Sergey Torbin, a former combat veteran, was one of the inmates released. Torbin previously fought in the conflict with the DPR and LPR. He was jailed for six years and six months in 2018 for his role in the murder of a civil rights activist and anti-corruption campaigner Kateryna Handziuk. The woman was doused with acid in July 2018 on a street outside her home and died in the hospital with severe burns later that year.

Sinyuk said Torbin handpicked former inmates for his squad after his early release. He added that another ex-serviceman, Dmitry Balabukha, sentenced to nine years in jail for stabbing a man to death at a bus stop after an argument in 2018, had also been released.

The Ukrainian government is actively arming civilians as Russian forces are approaching its capital. The media reported renewed fighting in Kiev’s outskirts on Sunday.

February 27, 2022 - Posted by | Militarism |


  1. Feb 27
    Video shock: Ukrainian paramilitary groups kill civilians fleeing Mariupol!

    With Russian forces outside Mariupol, where much of the Greek community lives, Ukrainian paramilitaries stop cars and kill civilians trying to flee the city.

    Watch in the following video the action of the neo-Nazi organization (yes, those defended by K. Mitsotakis and N. Dendias) to kill the father of a family and to abuse a woman and children who were trying to escape from the city.

    It should be noted that the “Azov Brigade”, one of the most notorious and criminal neo-Nazi organizations in Ukraine, is active in the region.


    Comment by Leland Roth | February 27, 2022 | Reply

  2. “Ukraine frees, arms felons to fight Russia”

    Sounds like that old Movie, “The Dirty Dozen”….Made in Hollywood, years ago….


    Comment by brianharryaustralia | February 27, 2022 | Reply

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