Russia has involved at least two neo-Nazi groups in the war against Ukraine, the Russian Imperial Movement and Task Force Rusich, rendering the Kremlin's claims of Ukraine's "denazification" even more absurd.
This was reported by the German newspaper Spiegel with reference to a confidential report of the Federal Intelligence Service of Germany (BND), which was submitted to the ministries.
It states that many Russian right-wing extremists and neo-Nazis are taking part in the invasion of Ukraine. At the same time, the document does not contain data on the number of neo-Nazis in the Russian army.
"Cooperation with these groups brings the Russian cause of the war, the so-called denazification of Ukraine, to absurdity," wrote analysts at the German Foreign Intelligence Service.
It is noted that the Imperial Legion is a paramilitary unit of the right-wing extremist group Russian Imperial Movement, which had previously fought in the Donbas. It calls its goal "the elimination of the separatist formation of Ukraine."
The document also mentions that the leader of this group Denis Gariev was wounded in the battles in Ukraine.
According to German intelligence, Alexei Milchakov's neo-Nazi group Rusich, which is associated with the infamous private military company Wagner is also involved in the war against Ukraine.
Wagner is the name of a private military company, which first emerged in 2014 after the participation of its mercenaries in the war in Donbas on the side of the Russian proxy forces. Since then, traces of PMC have been observed in Syria, Libya, Mozambique, the Central African Republic, and so on. The Kremlin constantly uses this formation for its own purposes, although it denies its existence.
Task Force Rusich is known for its extreme brutality, and its members do not take prisoners. Its founder Milchakov is called a sadist, he published a photo of himself killing a puppy. He also repeatedly posted photos with the Nazi swastika.