Right Sector refuses to obey Ukraine’s Defense Ministry

Right Sector refuses to obey Ukraine’s Defense Ministry | Русская весна

Paramilitary units of the ultranationalist Right Sector movement have refused to come under the command of Ukraine’s Defense Ministry, President Petro Poroshenko’s aid told national TV. This might complicate the legal status of the group.

“I personally proposed a full legal clearance scheme to Right Sector,” presidential aid Yury Biryukov told the Ukrainian Channel 5.

A number of options have been on the table, Biryukov said, all of them implying contract service under the command of Ukraine’s Defense Ministry.

“They turned down this service,” Biryukov said, adding that armed forces are primarily “about discipline, order, subordination and central command.” However, when a paramilitary unit wants to become legal, yet remain autonomous and report to nobody, “that is a sort of science fiction.”

Back in November, Biryukov declared Right Sector’s Ukrainian Volunteer Corps was going to get legal status as an armed forces unit, yet no confirmation of the announcement followed.

As we know Right Sector has been established with financial and organisation aid of Dnepropetrovsk tycoon Igor Kolomoysky, shortly after Euromaydan events the number of Right Sector paramilitary armed units have been formed which are not subordinated to any Ukrainian authorities.

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