Volunteer battalion Sich made up of Svoboda members, uncontrolled by Kiev, launches a new round of hostilities in Donetsk


January 12, 2015
Translated from Russian by Kristina Rus

Donetsk Republic representative of the contact group in resolving the situation in Donbass, Denis Pushilin, said that Donetsk is shelled by uncontrolled by Kiev junta punitive battalion “Sich”, writes Donetsk News Agency.

“From the village of Peski Donetsk is fired upon by the Ukrainian battalion “Sich”, whose leadership has openly stated that the battalion is not subject to the orders of Kiev officials. And they actually provoked our militia to answer back”, – Pushilin was quoted by the Agency.

Punitive battalion “Sich” was created from radical activists of “Svoboda” (Freedom) party in the summer of 2014. Currently it is based in the village of Peski. The battalion has its own history. During the First World war unit with the same name fought on the side of Austria-Hungary against Russia.

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