At the slightest deviation from the current rhetoric of the Russian authorities, pro-Russian terrorists fighting in Donbas against Ukraine could become illegal in Russia, because, in the context of Russian aggression, the difference between a "mercenary" and a "volunteer" hardly exists. In this case, each of the militants in Certain Districts of the Donetsk and Lugansk Regions may be under investigation by the Russian law enforcement agencies and, subsequently, go to jail, the Minister for Temporarily Occupied Territories and IDPs George Tuka said in an interview with the channel 112.
“All those clipped pigeon and the other so-called "tourists", what to do with them? It will be very difficult path. No one is waiting them there at home. These are people who know the taste of the war, robberies, murders, uncontrolled power, impunity, so no civilized country needs such people. No wonder some of them are now seek to move to Syria. Because the war is their life now. I do not even exclude the possibility that over time, the Russian law enforcement authorities may put pursue on them. Now they are called "volunteers" in Russia, and after a certain period of time they can be called mercenaries. By the way, this is prohibited by Russian law,” Tuka said.
January 3, the Main Directorate of Intelligence of Ukraine confirmed the information that the Russian military are now forbidden to wear uniforms in the occupied areas of Donbas due to the fears of lynching by the locals. The residents of the occupied territories may resort to such measures because the Russian occupants show groundless aggression against the population, indiscriminately use weapons and thus injure civilians.