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Right Sector, a far-right paramilitary group that was instrumental in the Euromaidan protests that saw Kremlin-backed President Viktor Yanukovych overthrown, has called the Defense Ministry’s proposal to join the armed forces “traitorous” and said they have no intention of obeying the order.

The move could throw a wrench into the plans of the Defense Ministry to bring order to all the volunteer forces fighting pro-Russian separatists in the east, where spokesman Vladyslav Seleznyov said it was vital for the various regiments to be “structured and systematized and clearly regulated and managed.”

Throughout the Ukraine conflict, private battalions have fought alongside Ukraine’s regular forces to prevent pro-Russian separatists from gaining more territory, but many have expressed concerns that such groups have no one to answer to, no official supervision and unclear sources of financing. Human rights groups have repeatedly sounded the alarm over major abuses by such groups, including arbitrary detentions, enforced disappearances and torture.

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