Contents tagged with Cossacks

  • Russian armed opposition forces fighting on side of Ukraine claim Don Cossacks joined their ranks

    Russian Cossacks join the ranks of the Russian Volunteer Corps (RVC). A group of free Cossacks arrived from the Kuban and Don regions, according to a statement released by the RVC's press service on Telegram.

    "In keeping with tradition, whenever Russia falls under the rule of an anti-national regime, the Cossacks are historically among the first to take up arms. That is why today, Cossacks are fighting in the Russian Volunteer Corps," the statement reads.

    The Russian Cossacks have traveled …

  • Media: Cossacks who broke up rally against Putin’s inauguration had fought in Donbas

    The Cossacks who dispersed the recent protest in Moscow previously fought on behalf of the separatists in Ukraine, Novaya Gazeta reports.

    According to reporters, the “Crimean Cossack Regiment” is part of the Union of Cossack Forces in Russia and Abroad, which is headed by Nikolai Dyakonov.

    Dyakonov and his subordinates are known to have extensive combat experience even from before the Ukraine-Russian conflict.

    “After the ‘Crimean Spring’, Dyakonov’s Cossacks went to fight in the Donbas. …

  • Top Cossack commander from DPR detained in Ukraine

    At the checkpoint near Volnovakha, Ukrainian policemen of the Donetsk region detained the so-called Major General of the separatists, who led the Cossack regiment of the self-proclaimed DPR (Donetsk People’s Republic), reported the press service of the main directorate of the National Police of Ukraine in the Donetsk region.

    The detainee was a 66-year-old man carrying a certificate of the chieftain of the DPR and a permit for carrying Cossack weapons, namely sabers, daggers and whips.

    "It was …

  • Putin forces heads of Cossacks to report on their income

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law according to which Cossack atamans and members of their families are obligated to report on their income. The document with corresponding amendments to the legislation was published on the official legal information portal.

    The president introduced amendments to the law “on the state service of Russian Cossacks”. According to the document, the income and property of the ataman, his spouse and underage children must be in the income declaration. …

  • Kuban Cossacks receive awards for ‘protecting the Crimean referendum’

    Nine Cossacks of the Kuban Cossack Army received awards personally from Sergey Aksyonov, the de facto head of Crimea, on the 25th anniversary of the rehabilitation of the Cossacks. During a parade in Krasnodar, honorary watches were presented to them for the protection of the "referendum" in the annexed Crimea, TASS reports.

    Aksyonov presented the honors "for the conscientious execution of the official duties and active participation in ensuring of law and order during the preparation and …

  • Cossacks from Luhansk Pro-Kremlin republic are ready to resist Russian military

    Cossack armed units of the Luhansk Pro-Kremlin republic intend to start armed resistance to Russian military after November 7.

    The statement was made by the Press department of the Ukrainian Ministry of defense.

    The situation around Russian forces trying to exert control over the Cossack units in the separatist’s republic is spiraling out of control.

    On November 7th the representatives of the Cossacks are going to hold a meeting to express their "no confidence" of the authorities of the …