Russia’s Supreme Court on Tuesday designated the Azov regiment — a former volunteer battalion that was incorporated into Ukraine’s army — a “terrorist” group, allowing for lengthy jail terms for its members, Russian news agencies reported.

The court ruled to “recognise the Ukrainian paramilitary unit Azov as a terrorist organisation and to ban its activities on the territory of the Russian Federation,” the judge said, as reported by the TASS state news agency, adding that the decision takes immediate effect.

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