More and more mercenaries from private military companies are being sent to Ukraine from Western countries, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov said at a press briefing on March 3.
“Against the background of the encirclement and destruction of the main groups of Ukrainian nationalists by Russian Armed Forces, Western countries have increased the sending of contract servicemen from private military companies to the areas of military operations,” Konashenkov pointed out.
Employees of the US PMCs Academi [former Blackwater, which changed its name after gaining notoriety for war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan – Rossa Primavera News Agency’s comment], Cubic and DynCorp are in particular demand.
A representative of the Russian Defence Ministry stressed that the mercenaries who had arrived to serve the Kiev regime would not be able to claim the legal status of prisoners of war under international humanitarian law. If detained, they will face criminal liability.
“The best thing that awaits foreign mercenaries upon detention is criminal prosecution. We urge citizens of foreign countries planning to go to fight for the Kiev nationalist regime to think seven times before traveling,” Konashenkov warned.
Ф special operation of the Russian Armed Forces to demilitarize and denazify Ukraine began on February 24. The operation is aimed at depriving the Kiev regime of the ability to carry out further aggression against the residents of the DPR and LPR. Although the US and NATO countries do not officially send their troops to the special operation zones, foreign PMCs are operating on the territory of Ukraine. A number of Western politicians, including British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, expressed support to their citizens for serving the Kiev regime.
Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency