National activists of the Russian Republic of Bashkortostan, who fight as part of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, announced the creation of a liberation army. The Committee of the Bashkir National Movement Abroad reported this.
The military formation is necessary for “the protection of the Republic of Bashkortostan and its entire multinational people.” Such measures are necessary due to “the long-term deterioration of the political and economic situation in Russia, the emergence of numerous private military companies, as well as the return to the republic of combatants who pose a threat to the civilian population,” the report says.
The Bashkir Liberation Army will be subordinated to the Armed Forces of Ukraine until the end of hostilities in Ukraine. Political emigrant Ruslan Gabbasov heads the Committee of the Bashkir National Movement Abroad.
“If Ukraine begins to interact more closely with the representative bodies of these movements, the process of disintegration [of Russia] will start in the minds of the residents of these republics. After all, the most important thing is to prepare societies for inevitable changes, to give them a picture of the future. I am sure that after Ukraine, this initiative will be supported by Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia, Poland, Great Britain, etc.,” Gabbasov said earlier.
The representative of the Bashkirs is also convinced that the republics of Bashkortostan and Tatarstan today are “the keys to the castle that opens the way to the collapse of Russia.” Gabbasov himself was forced to leave Bashkortostan and Russia due to political persecution. The Russian authorities have charged the man with articles about the justification of terrorism and the organization of the alleged extremist community “Bashkort”.
In November last year, representatives of the Bashkir National Political Center asked the authorities of Ukraine to recognize Bashkortostan as a territory occupied by Russia and to introduce the position of commissioner for contacts with peoples enslaved by Moscow.