Russia is investigating one or more Dutch mercenaries in Ukraine, according to an interview with the head of the investigation committee of the Russian Federation.
Details have not been disclosed, so it is not clear, among other things, how many Dutch people are involved. The head of the committee, Aleksandr Bastrykin, told the Russian newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazeta only that Dutch, British, American, Canadian and Georgian citizens are being investigated for so-called mercenary activities.
Bastrykin made his statements in an interview where he also said that Russia wants to try more than 200 Ukrainians for crimes against humanity before a yet-to-be-established international tribunal. Bolivia, Iran, and Syria, among others, have shown interest in participating in the tribunal.
Two Britons and a Moroccan were sentenced to death by pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine earlier this year. The men have been convicted in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic for allegedly working as mercenaries and seeking to take control of the area. They have filed an appeal.
It is not clear how many Dutch people are fighting with the Ukrainian army in Ukraine. When the start of the war broke out on February 24, Kyiv called on foreign volunteers to report to Ukrainian embassies in their country. According to Ukrainian information, thousands of people have responded.