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International soldiers of the Donbass militia volunteered to fight Ukrainian neo-Nazism. They’re from Mexico, Columbia, the USA, Serbia, and all over the globe. Locals treat them as heroes. Europe and the USA consider them criminals and mercenaries. If they return home, decades of prison could await them. But they don’t regret it – Donbass has become their home. “If I return to Italy, they will immediately arrest me. I won’t even be allowed to come home. I will be arrested and tried as a mercenary who came here for money. But it’s not about the money; it’s about the ideas,” says codename Spartacus, an Italian volunteer for the Donbass militia. He arrived in Donbass in 2014, barely speaking Russian. Spartacus spent years on the frontline protecting Donbass people from Ukrainian nationalist forces. Today, he and his comrades have become part of Russia and the DPR and LPR’s ‘special miliary operation.’ Unlike international military instructors and mercenaries in the Ukrainian army, foreign volunteers of the Donbass militia have different motivation – to confront neo-Nazism as their ancestors did. Watch:
Run time: 50 min
Production: RT Documentary (2022)
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