Italian police have found an arsenal of weapons, including an air-to-air missile, 20 guns and neo-Nazi material, in a series of raids on far right groups which fought against rebels in Ukraine's eastern breakaway republics.
Along with the missile, police found nine assault rifles, a sub-machine gun, seven pistols and three shotguns, in an operation led by the General Investigations and Special Operations Division, which specializes in investigating groups linked to organized crime and terrorism.
The police say the groups had fought “against the separatists” in the Donbass region of Ukraine – the forces of the self-proclaimed Peoples Republics of Donetsk and Lugansk in the east of the country. Kiev has been at war with the republics since the 2014 coup, actively relying on so-called volunteer battalions to do the fighting. Units like 'Donbass,' 'Azov,' 'Aidar' and others were largely formed of Ukrainian radical nationalists, with some –including foreign fighters with similar, far-right views– facing accusations of war crimes from human right groups.