Observers have linked the conflict to cigarette smuggling in Zakarpattya Oblast, while the Right Sector describes the standoff as part of the government’s crackdown on volunteer units.
Chorny, commander of the fifth battalion of the Right Sector’s Ukrainian Volunteer Corps, and Dmytro Savchenko, a spokesman for the right-wing group, said fighters of the fifth battalion were withdrawing from the war zone. Savchenko said they would take part in a Right Sector protest in Kyiv, though he added they were not going there “with assault rifles and machine guns.”
The statements were contradicted by Alla Megel, head of the corps’ information department, and Andrei Sharaskin, the corps’ spokesman. They told the censor.net.ua news site that the unit’s fighters were staying on the front line.