The Supreme Court of Russia declared the Azov regiment a "terrorist organization"

14:38 02 August Kyiv, Ukraine

The Supreme Court of Russia recognized the Ukrainian special forces regiment Azov, whose fighters defended the Azovstal plant in Mariupol, as a terrorist organization and banned it on the territory of the Russian Federation.

This is reported by Russian media.

The Prosecutor General's Office filed a lawsuit back in May. Subsequently, the court session was postponed twice more at the request of the department. The court session was held behind closed doors.

"Azov" was formed as a volunteer battalion in 2014. Subsequently, it was reformatted into a regiment, which became part of the regular Ukrainian army.

In addition, the Azov regiment is often used in Russian propaganda as a symbol of the neo-Nazism allegedly ruling in Ukraine.

Recall that on May 16, the Russian Ministry of Defense announced an agreement on the removal of wounded Ukrainian soldiers from the blocked Azovstal plant to the occupied territory of Donbass. The first buses with 264 servicemen, including 53 wounded, went to Novoazovsk and Olenevka.

However, the very next day, Russia announced plans to interrogate the Ukrainian military in the Rostov pre-trial detention center, as well as the idea of adopting a ban on the exchange of so-called Nazi criminals.. The State Duma does not hide that they want to do this in order to make it impossible for Ukrainian defenders to return to their homeland.