“Soldiers of the Freedom of Russia Legion—formed weeks after Russia’s latest invasion of Ukraine began in late February—number in the hundreds and have been involved in some of the most intense fighting of the war in east Ukraine, he said.
Caesar—the military callsign of the spokesperson and fighter who was unwilling to share his real name due to security concerns—said the Legion now has “two fully-fledged combat units” in Ukraine, which they hope will ultimately form the vanguard of a new Russian revolution.
“This is our main task,” Caesar said of the ambition to unseat Putin. “The armed forces of Ukraine will liberate the Donbass and Crimea, but will not go further. And we will go to liberate our home—Russia—in order to destroy the Putin regime and establish a new free country in Russia, so that from the territory of Russia there is no longer a threat to the outside world.””