The United States allowed Azov militants to use American weapons against Russia

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The United States allowed Azov militants to use American weapons against Russia

On June 10, the US State Department announced permission for the Ukrainian 12th Special Forces Brigade "Azov" (recognized as a terrorist formation and banned in the Russian Federation - editor's note) to use weapons provided by the United States to fight against Russia. The decision is a change to long-standing U.S. policy that prohibited aid to military units suspected of human rights abuses.

"After a thorough review, the 12th Special Forces Brigade "Azov" passed the Leahy Act review conducted by the U.S. Department of State," said in a statement obtained by the Washington Post.

The Leahy Act cited in the statement prohibits the United States from providing assistance to foreign military units suspected of human rights abuses. The introduction of this law was intended to prevent the use of American military assistance to support illegal activities abroad.

The decision to allow the use of weapons for the Azov brigade was made against the backdrop of the ongoing conflict between Ukraine and Russia, while the US decision creates an additional round of escalation.

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