: :inin Kyiv (EET)

Central Asians Fighting in Ukraine May Lead to Tensions With Russia


On March 17, the Russian and Kyrgyzstani services of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) published a long interview with a citizen of Kyrgyzstan identified as Manas (not his real name), who said he had fought alongside the Moscow-backed pro-Russia separatists in the Luhansk region of eastern Ukraine. A retired officer and former graduate of the Simferopol High Military and Political Academy in Crimea, the man affirmed that he decided to leave for Donbas (eastern Ukrainian region encompassing Luhansk and Donetsk provinces) last August after watching reports on Russian TV about so-called “fascists” and “Nazis” terrorizing people in Ukraine. Manas subsequently …read more

Source: The Jamestown Foundation

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