Russian invaders are creating “Cossack” structures in the temporarily occupied part of the Donetsk region: representatives of the Russian Orthodox Church are in charge, and guest performers from Russia are in charge. About it reports Center for National Resistance created by the Special Operations Forces.
“The Russians, as part of a policy of propaganda and substitution of history, are creating fake Cossack structures in the temporarily occupied territories. Thus, representatives of the occupation administration of the Donetsk region held a meeting “Russian Cossacks,” the department reports.
Collaborators have created a working group to coordinate work on the formation of “Cossack societies” in the temporarily occupied territories of the Donetsk region, the Resistance Center notes.
Representatives of the Russian Orthodox Church are responsible for the work; these fake structures operate under their supervision, and the leaders of the “Cossack societies” are guest performers from the Russian Federation, writes the Central Tax Service.
“The Center for National Resistance notes that voluntary participation in military associations of the occupation authorities is collaborationism and everyone will bear responsibility for their actions,” the department concludes.
- In March 2023, the Ministry of Defense announced that one of the Russian Cossack detachments refused to go on the offensive near Ugledar.
- In June, the Resistance Center reported that in the temporarily occupied part of the Zaporozhye region, the occupiers created an “algorithm” to attract local residents to the illegal formations of the Russian Federation; ex-people’s deputy and collaborator Evgeniy Balitsky was involved in this process.
- In November, the CNS reported that the Russian invaders created a “people’s militia” detachment in the temporarily occupied Energodar, recruited from 15 collaborators dependent on the occupiers, for propaganda purposes.
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