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A number of NATO countries tacitly support Kyiv's actions to recruit foreign citizens to participate in hostilities in the Donbass, said in an interview with RIA Novosti Director of the Department of New Challenges and Threats of the Russian Foreign Ministry Vladimir Tarabrin.
“The Russian Federation is closely monitoring the recruitment of foreign citizens carried out by the Ukrainian authorities with the tacit support of certain NATO countries to conduct military operations in eastern Ukraine on the side of the Kyiv regime”,&mdash ; said the diplomat.
He also stressed that not only non-governmental organizations are involved in the recruitment process, but also Ukrainian diplomatic missions abroad, which contradicts a number of international agreements, in particular, the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations of 1961.
Russia conducts a special operation on “demilitarization and denazification” Ukraine since February 24. Shortly after the outbreak of hostilities, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announced the creation of an international territorial defense legion from foreign volunteers. The Russian Ministry of Defense calls them mercenaries and does not consider them combatants.
In mid-July, the Russian Ministry of Defense announced that since the start of the military operation, 7,107 mercenaries had arrived in Ukraine, most of them from Poland. 4366 fighters were destroyed or left the combat zone, 2741 continue to participate in the conflict, the department claimed.
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