Right Sector units are obstructing efforts to restore order in eastern Ukraine, said Semyon Semenchenko, commander of the "Donbass" territorial voluntary battalion.
"In fact, the Right Sector has not been involved in the fighting. But it has spent two months looting, attacking citizens and engaging in extortion. They can only deal with civilians, or with the scared police. They won't cope with a real enemy," Semenchenko told reporters on Independence Square in Kyiv on Sunday when asked to speak about the situation in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
He said the Right Sector, active in the eastern regions, is operating in collusion with the local crime chiefs who finance them. "They are re-shaping the local market of illegal drugs in cooperation with local bandits, they collect metal at dump sites and raid slot halls in the interests of competitors. What they are doing has nothing to do with fighting," Semenchenko said.
A spokesman for the Donbass battalion said that Semenchenko had arrived at Independence Square to recruit fighters to his battalion.
All rights reserved by Rossiyskaya Gazeta.