The Azov battalion has returned to the front in Ukraine and is already engaged in fighting: the head of the planning department of the National Guard, Mykola Urshalovych, said today, as reported by the state broadcaster Suspilne. Azov soldiers, he specified, have begun to carry out combat missions in the Serebryanske forest area, Lugansk region. The battalion commanders had returned to Ukraine from Istanbul on July 8 after being imprisoned in Russia and spending 300 days in Turkey under prisoner exchange agreements with Moscow (WAR IN UKRAINE, LIVE UPDATES).
Russia had condemned the return of the Azov commanders to their homeland
News intended to throw more fuel on the fire of war. In fact, the return of the Azov battalion fighters from Turkey to Ukraine had already caused discussion “it goes against the terms of the existing agreements, the return conditions have been violated both by the Turkish side and by Kiev”, said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, in RIA Novosti, speaking of the agreement for an exchange of prisoners with Kiev brokered by Turkey last year.