Croatian Minister of Foreign and European Affairs Vesna Pusic has confirmed that Croatian mercenaries fight in Ukraine, but, as she says, ‘only within the regular army of Ukraine.’ “I am informed that there are Croatian soldiers in the Ukraine, who joined the Ukrainian army,” Pusic said in answer to questions from journalists before the meeting of the government, Tanjug reported yesterday. “It goes through the Security and Intelligence Agency, and doesn’t have any connection to paramilitary units, and all the time we are in permanent contact with the agency”. This Ukrainian-Russian conflict seems to bring out old ghosts from the closet where various volunteers that aren’t even interested in the proxy war are joining just to rival their old enemies on battlefields. We hope for the sake of Europe this will just be a temporary conflict.
One of the largest international forces fighting against Kiev’s troops is a unit of volunteers from Serbia, according to the interview. The ‘Jovan Shevich’ squadron allegedly consists of 250 fighters and is actively operating in the Lugansk Region. Earlier this week, the Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the Donetsk People’s Republic, Aleksandr Zakharchenko, revealed in an interview to Russian media that up to 4,000 Russian citizens.
Many of them ex-servicemen, have joined anti-government fighters during Kiev’s crackdown in Ukraine’s east.