Contents tagged with Azov battalion

  • Azov Brigade advances in Luhansk's Serebryansky Forest

    In the Serebryansky forestry area of Luhansk region, the 12th Special Purpose Brigade Azov and the 1st Operational Brigade Bureviy of Ukraine's National Guard have driven the Russians out of their positions by one kilometer inwards and advanced two kilometers along the front. According to Azov's press service, this occurred on April 21.

    The brigade's statement urged media outlets and the public not to create "information noise." Additionally, Azov emphasized that details concerning the …

  • Russia wants to impose a ban on exchanging Azov fighters for Russian POWs

    Speaker of the Russian State Duma of Russia Vyacheslav Volodin asked the parliament committee to prepare a bill to ban an exchange of "war criminals" for prisoners. According to Volodin the fighters of the Ukrainian regiment "Azov" are “such criminals”.

    The proposal not to exchange Azov fighters for prisoners of war was initially made by the Russian MP, Anatoly Wasserman. He pointed out that Ukraine considers the withdrawal of the Azov fighters the first step towards their liberation through …

  • Biletsky: Azov Battalion was removed from the front line in eastern Ukraine at Putin’s request

    The order to withdraw Azov regiment from Shyrokyne was given at the request of Russian President Vladimir Putin, as stated by the founder and former commander of the Azov regiment, People's Deputy Andriy Biletsky in an interview with Apostrophe. He believes that the decision to remove Azov from the front line was directed against him personally and against the soldiers and argued that "this is a classic meanness" by the Ukrainian authorities.

    "This was a decision directed both against me and …

  • Ukraine refuses to extradite former Azov fighter Georgy Tsertsvadze to Russia

    The Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine refused to fulfill Russia’s request to extradite former Georgian special forces agent and Azov Regiment fighter Georgy Tsertsvazde, who was earlier detained in Kyiv at Interpol’s request, as announced by his attorney Kseniya Prokonova, Interfax-Ukraine reported.

    “Literally this week we received the decision to refuse to extradite. That is, the Prosecutor’s General Office is not handing Georgy over to Russia… We have set a precedent and have not handed …

  • Ukrainian MP and Azov Commander Biletsky blames National Guard leadership for separatism

    On January 14, Ukrainian MP and former Azov Battalion Commander Andriy Biletsky said in his blog on the Ukrainska Pravda website that the management positions in the National Guard of Ukraine were taken by outright separatists. He declared that systematic corruption prevails there and that it is a threat to the defense capabilities of the country.

    The Military Prosecutor's Office and the SBU promised to look into the situation "carefully, impartially and according to the law.”

    In his …

  • Azov Battalion commander Biletsky has become head of the National Corps party

    Military commander of the Azov battalion and people’s deputy Andriy Biletsky has become the head of the National Corps political party. The relevant decision was made at the first party congress, 112 Ukraine news channel reports. It is reported that Biletsky has become the head of the party for a term of four years. Mykola Kravchenko, a representative of Azov, was elected as his deputy.

    In September it was reported that Azov had initiated the process of creation of a political party. “Current …

  • Azov Battalion establishes new political party

    On October 14th, the founding congress of the new political party “National Corps” will take place in Kyiv, according to the website of Civil Corps of Azov.

    “An initiative group of the new political party consists of members of the public organization Civil Corps of Azov, veterans of the Azov Regiment of the National Guard, volunteers and Ukrainian patriots,” the statement of the Civil Corps of Azov reads. Civil Corps of Azov is a non-military organization created by the Azov National Guard …

  • National Guard of Ukraine: Part of Azov Battalion was withdrawn from Mariupol to strengthen Azov coast

    The Azov unit’s withdrawal was explained as a redeployment of forces to gain better control over the coast of the Sea of Azov.

    Part of the regiment was withdrawn from Mariupol in connection with the planned redeployment of forces in order to gain better control over the Azov coast. This was reported by the press service of the National Guard of Ukraine (NGU).

    “A planned regrouping of forces and means of the National Guard was conducted in the ATO zone. In order to strengthen control over the …

  • Ukrainian PM: Only the Azov Battalion has the capability of organizing a coup in Ukraine

    The People’s Deputy of Ukraine, Volodymyr Parasyuk, stated on Ukraine TV Channel 112 that only the Azov Battalion, which is a part of National Guard of Ukraine, could possibly organize a coup in Ukraine. Parasyuk clarified that the assertion is only theoretical, and not an indication that Azov battalion has any intention of staging a coup.

    “We had power to organize a coup in Ukraine and this is a fact. I can say that there were many more organizations in 2014 that were able to do this. However, …

  • Ukrainian Azov and Donbas National Guard regiments will return to the front line

    The Adviser to the Ukrainian Interior Minister, Zorian Shkiriak, stated that the National Guard regiments Azov and Donbas will soon return to the frontline in eastern Ukraine.

    “First of all, it is about operative rapid brigades of the National Guard and the special-task regiments Azov and Donbas. They will return to the frontline and fulfill their functions of direct contact with the enemy,” the Ministry’s press service reported.

    According to Shkiriak, these regiments have repeatedly proved …