Spain arrests eight accused of joining pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine

February 27, 2015 4:19 PM

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MADRID (Reuters) - Spain on Friday arrested eight citizens who recently returned from fighting alongside pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine, the first such arrest in the European Union of foreign citizens involved in the conflict, the Interior Ministry said.

A ministry statement said the eight, rounded up in a nationwide operation, were suspected of crimes that compromised Spain's peace and independence and violated the neutrality it maintains in relation to the international community.

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