REUTERS

“A new battalion of militants has been formed in Krasny Luch,” Tymchuk wrote on his page on Facebook on Monday.

“Only a few people from the local population are members of this unit – most of them are Russian mercenaries who arrived with the ninth humanitarian convoy from Russia,” Tymchuk said.

“Most of the mercenaries are drawn from [the dregs of] the Russian population,” he said.