Ukraine's Intel: Ex-Criminals Recruited To Russian Occupation Forces In Donbass

KIEV, Ukraine -- The Russian occupation command promises criminals to expunge their previous conviction if they are engaged in "combat tasks."


Press secretary of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry Dmytro Hutsuliak said the Russian occupation command in Donbass is building up the fighting efficiency of formations and units of the so-called "army corps" by recruiting persons with a criminal record. "The Russian occupation command is building up the fighting efficiency of the formations and units of the so-called 'army corps,' increasing their number by recruiting persons with a criminal record," he said at a briefing in Kiev, citing information from Ukraine's Main Intelligence Department. From now on, contracts in Russian-occupied Donbas could be signed with persons released on probation irrespective of the severity of their crimes, Hutsuliak said. In addition, he noted, the Russian occupation command promises such persons to expunge the previous conviction if they are engaged in "combat tasks." Source: UNIAN

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