fighter in Ukraine faces probe amid Nazi sympathizer allegations


Prosecutors have reportedly opened a case in opposition to a Genoa resident who stated he went to Ukraine to “cease denazification”

Italy has opened a prison investigation into a person who stated he traveled to Ukraine to combat Russia and forestall the nation’s “denazification.”

Kevin Chiappalone, 19, is accused of mercenary actions and has change into the primary Italian to face prosecution within the nation for preventing on the Ukrainian facet within the ongoing battle between Moscow and Kiev.

Genoa’s anti-mafia and anti-terrorism prosecutor, Marco Zocco, has launched an investigation into Chiappalone, who’s a resident of Genoa, Italy’s ANSA information company reported on Wednesday. The person may face between two and 7 years behind bars beneath a 1995 legislation that prohibits Italians from taking part in an armed battle on behalf of overseas nations.

In keeping with the Italian media, the legislation enforcement company launched the probe after Chiappalone gave an nameless interview to the Italian Panorama weekly again in March.

He informed the publication that he was in search of to stop Russia from supposedly “reviving the Soviet Union,” and stated he would “do what is important,” together with killing “the enemy.”

I’ve heard that [Russian President Vladimir] Putin needs to denazify Ukraine and so I left to stop that from occurring.

In keeping with ANSA, Chiappalone is a sympathizer of a neo-fascist group CasaPound Italia (CPI), which is thought for its squatting actions and demonstrations throughout Italy. In his interview with Panorama, he was solely recognized as a “far-right militia member.”

Following information of the probe, Chiappalone talked to ANSA to dispute the accusations in opposition to him. “I didn’t come right here for cash, I don’t even have €400 ($413) in my pocket,” he informed the company.

The Italian fighter stated he had no prior fight expertise or navy coaching earlier than arriving in Ukraine by way of Poland.

“I’ve educated for a month-and-a-half and now I’m preventing on the entrance,” he stated on Thursday. Pictures purportedly displaying Chiappalone preventing in Ukraine have since surfaced on social media, wherein the Italian reportedly seems in navy uniform holding an assault rifle and a machine gun.

In his interview with ANSA, Chiappalone additionally denied that he had traveled to Ukraine to stop its denazification by Russia.

“CasaPound has nothing to do with it and I didn’t do it as a result of Putin needed to denazify Donbass,” he stated on Friday.

The Italian additionally described the prison investigation in opposition to him at dwelling as hypocrisy. The Italian authorities are prosecuting him at a time when Rome itself is sending weapons to Kiev, Chiappalone argued, calling this “contradictory.”

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