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Ghost Brigade
    © Stanislav Krasilnikov/TASS/ZUMA (bios)
Since April, when pro-Russia separatists took control across the industrialized eastern Ukrainian regions of Luhansk and Donetsk, a cast of characters have come and gone in the rebel leadership. Operating just north of Kozitsyn’s territory, in the Luhansk region, Alexei Mozgovoi the commander of a unit called the ‘Ghost Brigade’ has declared himself the commander of Alchevsk, a city of about 120,000 people known for its massive iron and steelworks plant. In October, he ordered the execution of a man convicted of rape by a people’s court of fewer than 300 people. Mozgovoi later said women would be arrested for stepping foot in the city’s bars to protect their virtue. It remains to be seen how the situation with Luhansk’s various leaders will play out. Many talk of being part of a larger independent territory called Novorossiya, or ‘New Russia’, which includes all of eastern and southern Ukraine. Despite a September 5 cease-fire, fighting has continued. U.S. Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove, the supreme allied commander in Europe for NATO, said that the region was on the way to becoming a frozen conflict.
Ghost Brigade
    © Stanislav Krasilnikov/TASS/ZUMA (bios)
Since April, when pro-Russia separatists took control across the industrialized eastern Ukrainian regions of Luhansk and Donetsk, a cast of characters have come and gone in the rebel leadership. Operating just north of Kozitsyn’s territory, in the Luhansk region, Alexei Mozgovoi the commander of a unit called the ‘Ghost Brigade’ has declared himself the commander of Alchevsk, a city of about 120,000 people known for its massive iron and steelworks plant. In October, he ordered the execution of a man convicted of rape by a people’s court of fewer than 300 people. Mozgovoi later said women would be arrested for stepping foot in the city’s bars to protect their virtue. It remains to be seen how the situation with Luhansk’s various leaders will play out. Many talk of being part of a larger independent territory called Novorossiya, or ‘New Russia’, which includes all of eastern and southern Ukraine. Despite a September 5 cease-fire, fighting has continued. U.S. Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove, the supreme allied commander in Europe for NATO, said that the region was on the way to becoming a frozen conflict.