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Ukraine Detains Uzbek Accused Of Fighting With Separatists

Authorities in Ukraine say they have detained an Uzbek citizen believed to have been fighting alongside Russia-backed separatists in Ukraine's eastern region of Donetsk.

A spokeswoman for the Donetsk regional prosecutor's office told RFE/RL on August 16 that Aleksandr Brykin, 20, an ethnic-Russian native of Tashkent, had confessed to joining pro-Russian separatists in Donetsk in December 2014 and serving in a separatist military unit there until May 2015.

Fighting between Ukrainian government forces and Russia-backed separatists in the eastern regions of Luhansk and Donetsk has killed more than 9,500 people since April 2014.

There have been numerous reports that many volunteers and mercenaries from former Soviet republics are fighting on both sides of the conflict.

RFE/RL has been declared an "undesirable organization" by the Russian government.

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