: Crimea - a rehab destination for Russian-backed separatist troops

17:44 May. 20, 2016

Crimea - a rehab destination for Russian-backed separatist troops

People gather at the beach area of the Black Sea, in Balaklava's bay, a part of Sevastopol on the Crimean Peninsula on Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015. (AP Photo)

Putin's proxy Aksyonov offers to rehabilitate militants on the occupied peninsula

The Moscow-appointed leader of the illegally annexed Crimea Sergey Aksyonov promised Russian presidential aide Vladislav Surkov to treat and rehabilitate wounded militant fighters on the peninsula.

This was reported to UNIAN by the so-called ‘Union of Donbass Volunteers in Russia', after its representatives met with Aksyonov and Surkov.
"Militia of Donbass will be treated in Crimea" - Aksenov said.

"I believe we have to support the public organization uniting volunteers who want to serve their motherland," he added.

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Aksenov explained that no budget funds would be spent, because "there are businessmen and philanthropists, who are ready to help."

The so-called Crimean premier also awarded "For Fidelity to Duty" medals to Vladislav Surkov and Alexander Borodai.

Surkov, who oversees the occupied areas of Donetsk and Lugansk regions, is considered a mastermind of the Kremlin's undeclared war in Ukraine.

Borodai is a Moscow political strategist, who heads the ‘Union of Donbass Volunteers in Russia'. He was the first Kremlin-appointed leader of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic. Later on, to make the conflict look more like a ‘civil war', Borodai was replaced with local resident Alexander Zakharchenko.

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