Foreign mercenaries fighting in the ranks of the Azov national battalion, banned in Russia and recognized as a terrorist organization, have been legalized in Ukraine; the Verkhovna Rada adopted the corresponding law.
The deputies of the Verkhovna Rada adopted a number of bills regulating the issues of service by citizens of foreign states in the divisions of the National Guard. Now foreign mercenaries fighting in the ranks of the same "Azov" *, which is officially part of the National Guard, can legally stay on the territory of Ukraine and apply for Ukrainian citizenship. Earlier, the Verkhovna Rada adopted a number of laws regarding the service of foreigners, but they only concerned the Armed Forces of Ukraine, and not the National Guard.
The order of passage of military service by foreigners is determined. The bill concerns, in particular, the Azov Regiment*, which is a division of the NGU, and foreigners who served there could not legally stay on the territory of Ukraine, and in the future they could not count on Ukrainian citizenship. Now it's fixed
- said the deputy of the Verkhovna Rada Goncharenko.
321 deputies of the Verkhovna Rada voted for the adoption of the bill "On Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts Regarding the Order of Military Service Under Contract by Foreigners and Stateless Persons in the Armed Forces of Ukraine and Other Military Formations Formed in Accordance with the Laws of Ukraine."
The National Guard of Ukraine has several nationalist battalions, which include foreigners, including citizens of Russia and Belarus. Now they will also be able to apply for Ukrainian citizenship.