KIEV, March 1. /TASS/. Some military of Ukraine’s Aidar territorial battalion, which participates actively in the punitive mission in Donbass, are involeved in criminal activities, including extortion and arms trafficking, head of the Lugansk regional administration Gennady Moskal said on Sunday.
"A part of that battalion has deserted from Aidar, begun illegal activities of looting, robbery, racketeering, theft of vehicles and other crimes in the towns and villages controlled by the Ukrainian military," the official’s website reads.
He also said about an attempt of taking from the zone of the force mission in Donbass to Kiev of an arsenal, which, he said, was supposed to be used in Kiev "to destabilise the situation" there.
"Several days earlier, the Lugansk regional police stopped a criminal group, led by Aidar military called Filat. The criminals were fighting for an hour against the police and used automated guns."
As the police detained the military and searched the places where they lived, they confiscated over 6,000 bullets, five boxes with grenades, 15 mines, two boxes with with TNT blocks, twelve grenade launchers and several Kalashnikovs.
"We have opened criminal proceedings, the suspects are behind the bars," he said.