UKRAINIAN FREEDOM FIGHTING VOLUNTEERS AID THE ARMED FORCES AND POLICE

The National Militia in Ukraine is an independent group of the National Corpus. It is led by a lawmaker and former Azov Battalion commander.

Azov founded the National Corpus in October 2016, incorporating two other volunteer groups, including Patriot Of Ukraine.

National Corpus’s political aims at the time of its creation included among other things the legalization of firearms for personal protection.

Its foreign policy sought to cut cultural, diplomatic, and trade ties with Russia, and urged a public discussion about restoring the death penalty in Ukraine for crimes such as treason and embezzlement of government funds.

However, Interior Minister Arsen Avakov, who has enjoyed a close relationship with the Azov Battalion, said in a statement posted to the ministry’s website that “in Ukraine, there is only one monopoly on the use of force — the state: the National Guard, the National Police, and the Armed Forces.”

Ivan Varchenko, an Avakov adviser, told Hromadske Radio that Ukrainian law provides for registration of civic organizations that assist law enforcement agencies.

A number of foreign volunteers aid the Ukrainian Armed Forces (UAF) in the Anti-Terrorist Operation Zone (ATO) in eastern Ukraine:

Ukrainian Volunteer Corps (DUK)

Ukrainian Volunteer Army (UDA)

Special Brigade for OUN Volunteers

Azov Battalion

Azov Civil Corps

Some of the volunteer units are integrated into the UAF in units such as:

National Guard 18th Operative Purpose Regiment

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