November 17th, 2016

Chechen Muslim 'Death Battalion' joins Russia's war in Ukraine

Hundreds of fighters from the Russian republic of Chechnya have formed their own 'Death Battalion' to join the insurgency in east Ukraine.

The 300 or so volunteers say they are mostly former state security troops in the mainly Muslim region, where Moscow has fought two bloody wars since the fall of the Soviet Union.

Reuters reported seeing dozens of the armed men in camouflage uniforms chanting 'Allahu Akbar' as they trained in the snow in their camp outside Donetsk, east Ukraine.

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