The head of Russian diplomacy Sergei Lavrov

Russia on Friday called for an end to “interference” in the judicial system of the self-proclaimed republic of Donetsk, in eastern Ukraine, after the death sentence of two British citizens and a Moroccan for participating in the Ukrainian war in Ukraine.

Cited by the Interfax news agency, Russian diplomacy chief Sergei Lavrov stressed that “crimes committed by foreign mercenaries in the territory were considered by the Donetsk authorities in accordance with local legislation”.

“At the moment, all the competent processes are being carried out in accordance with the legislation of the republic, given that these crimes were committed in that territory”, he said.

According to Lavrov, “everything else is subject to speculation.”

Shortly after the Russian invasion, on February 24, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announced the creation of the Ukrainian Territorial Defense Legion, a detachment through which Kiev sought to augment its armed forces with international volunteers.

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