Right Sector Battalions are Pulling Out of the Donbass, But Why?


The Right Sector declared that it was withdrawing the so-called 5th and 8th battalions from the Donbass. Earlier, the commander of the 8th battalion, Andrei Gergert, was accused in social media for work with ISIS militants and their plans to carry out terrorist attacks in Russia.

Also, although not officially reported, the decision of the “Right Sector”  should affect the Islamist militants from the “Battalion of Sheikh Mansur” deployed west of Mariupol and officially subordinate to the “volunteer corps” of the “Right Sector”.

The plans to withdraw their forces from the Donbass were announced by the leader of the group, Dmitry Yarosh, while mentioning the fear that his battalions could be turned into an “instrument in the hands of politicians and criminals”.

Recall that an investigation showed that the Sheikh Mansur Battalion was used as a base for the deployment and retraining of militants who had previously fought in ISIS , and their further use against Russia. Thus, with the participation of the commander of the 8th battalion of Gergert and the “Battalion of Mansur” Muslim Cheberloevsky, Medzhid Magomedov was recruited, sent to the Smolensk region to carry out terrorist acts, and the SBU was also involved in this operation.

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It was from the location of the Cheberloevsky battalion that the activities of Aligadzhi Khamutaev’s gang in Chechnya were previously coordinated. The battalion at various times included such well-known ISIS militants as Timur Tumgoev, Murad Khadizov, Adam Shikhurov, Timur Makhauri.

Now Yarosh announced the withdrawal of these groups from the front-line zone in order to use them for the preparation of “territorial battalions” in the rear. Probably, this will lead to the fact that in the depths of Ukraine new camps will be created, where former and current ISIS fighters who have left Syria will play the role of instructors and students.

The decision to transfer to the rear may be explained by considerations of secrecy, as well as the fear that documents and material evidence of terrorist activities may fall into the hands of the enemy during the fighting.


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