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Russian roubles found on Drahobrat brawlers - governor

The head of the Transcarpathian regional state administration has released the details of the brawl at a ski resort in western Ukraine.

Russian roubles found on Drahobrat brawlers - governor
Hennadiy Moskal
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The head of the Transcarpathian regional state administration, Hennadiy Moskal, has said that Russian roubles were confiscated from the Right Sector fighters who were detained after they got into a fight with the security of the Magnate's Hut hotel at the Drahobrat ski resort in western Ukraine.

"The attackers were found to possess 160,000 Russian roubles [2,000 dollars] of unknown origin. It brings a question how the money of the aggressor country ended up with the right-wing organization, as if the Right Sector gets paid in Russian roubles?" the official website of the Transcarpathian regional state administration quoted Moskal as saying.

"Attempts by Right Sector representatives to justify the drunken brawl at the ski resort by saying that the owners and staff of the tourist camp are residents of Krasnoarmiysk, Donetsk Region are all lies. There is Magnate's Hut in Krasnoarmiysk indeed but it has no connection to Drahobrat. These are absolutely different outlets under the same name," he said.

He also said that the two detained fighters of the Right Sector were diagnosed with wounds caused by non-lethal weapons, whereas they themselves used lethal weapons.

"One of the participants in the brawl said that he indeed shot his non-lethal pistol which he gave to police for investigation purposes. However on the scene police found shells from Makarov and Stechkin pistols confiscated from the troublemakers. Thus the man had to protect himself with the help of his registered non-lethal pistol from the drunk hooligans who opened fire with lethal weapons," Moskal insists.

He concluded by saying that if the detained fighters had merits, a court should take them into account during a trial.

Five members of the Right Sector's Voluntary Ukrainian Corps, who caused a fight with the security of the tourist camp in the Magnate's Hut hotel in the Transcarpatian village of Yasinya on 10 January 2016, were detained. According to Transcarpathian regional governor Hennadiy Moskal, the drunk fighters caused a brawl with the staff, beating a cook and a barman, after which all five were detained by the staff and tourists.

On 11 January, three detained fighters were rushed to hospital right from the court chamber in Uzhhorod. A court arrested the other two for two months.