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The National Police on Friday detained eight Spaniards suspected of fighting alongside pro-Russian forces in the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. The arrests took place in Asturias, Catalonia, Extremadura, Murcia, Navarre and Madrid. Three of the suspects are former members of the Spanish armed forces, and one is confirmed to have been on the frontline, according to anti-terrorist sources. The men are all aged between 20 and 30 years old.
The eight Spaniards belong to several different communist organizations, and had received support from an "unofficial pro-Russian European network". The operation was completed after three of the men returned to Spain during February – the last of the men arrived last week.
Police sources have not yet stated whether Rafael Muñoz Pérez, 27, and Ángel Davilla-Rivas, 22, were among the detainees. The pair were last year confirmed to have joined the Vostok Batallion, under the orders of Igor Strelkov, the head of the Armed Forces of the People’s Republic of Donetsk.
Francisco de Borja Lasheras, associate director of the Madrid office of the European Council on Foreign Relations, a think tank, said there was “a long narrative among certain segments of the Spanish left that anything that happens in Eastern Europe is a C.I.A. conspiracy and part of a Western imperialist agenda.”
A group of Spaniards who define themselves as “anti-capitalists” told news agency Europa Press last September that they had traveled to eastern Ukraine to fight alongside pro-Russian separatists to combat the “resurgence of the Fourth Reich in Europe.”
originally posted by: BornAgainAlien
No money left and want to protest peacefully about it, you may not...
Let that be a warning about what happens when an economy collapses.
originally posted by: VigiliaProcuratio
a reply to: Echtelion
If Spain feels that it needs to detain domestic supporters of armed conflict then I guess that's their prerogative. Maybe we'll see them arresting those to the right as well. Or maybe not...
originally posted by: Dimithae
a reply to: paraphi
People have always gone and fought in others countries wars. I do believe Americans did it for China just before WW2.If you live in a supposedly 'free' country,then your government should not have an issue with you fighting in another countries war,unless it is a war that your country is in. i didn't know that Spain was fighting anyone in Ukraine,so why should those fighters be arrested? Kiev is pulling up fighters from all over and no one says a thing about it.