The National Center for Combating Organized Crime of the Czech Republic suspects two citizens of the republic who voluntarily joined the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) of looting. This was announced on Saturday, June 25, by the information portal iROZHLAS.
Representatives of the Carpathian Sich battalion, which included Czech mercenaries, announced a possible violation. During the inspection of their bags, jewelry made of silver and gold with a total weight of about 0.5 kg was found.
If it is possible to prove the guilt of men, they face up to 20 years in prison, or life imprisonment as an exceptional measure. It is emphasized that war crimes have no statute of limitations and punishment can be imposed even years later.
Meanwhile, one of the mercenaries partially admitted his responsibility. He stated that he really appropriated some things for himself, but only those that did not represent material value: for example, an abandoned cap and various pins.
Earlier, on June 11, Czech Foreign Minister Jan Lipavsky said that the first citizen of the republic, who arrived with the permission of the Prague authorities to fight on the side of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, died in the conflict area. According to the correspondent of the Czech TV in Ukraine, the volunteer died during a mortar attack on the positions of his unit in the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR).
On May 11, Czech President Milos Zeman signed a decision agreeing to the entry into the ranks of the Armed Forces of Ukraine of 103 citizens of his state. As reported, almost 400 people filed an official request for service in the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The media noted that Czech volunteers had already taken part in the battles in Ukraine.
The Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation stated that mercenaries from more than 50 countries of the world are part of the Ukrainian armed formations. In total, at the moment there are 16 such groups.
Since mid-February, the situation in Donbass has worsened due to shelling by the Ukrainian military. The authorities of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics announced the evacuation of the civilian population in the Russian Federation and asked for recognition of independence. On February 21, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a corresponding decree; on February 24, he announced the start of a special operation to protect civilians in the region.
For more up-to-date videos and details about the situation in Donbass, watch the Izvestia TV channel.