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Danish Chechen dies fighting in Ukraine

A Danish citizen of Chechen origin has died while fighting against pro-Russian forces in Ukraine, according to media reports.

A former Chechen military commander, Isa Munajev worked as a boxing trainer in the Zealand town of Birkerød before heading to eastern Ukraine in August to once again fight pro-Russian separatists. 
 
According to the reports, Munajev was killed on Sunday while fighting in Debaltseve, an eastern Ukraine town that the Kyiv Post reports holds a “strategic rail and road junction”.  
 
Munajev was in charge of a battalion of 15 masked fighters in eastern Ukraine. Six of those come from Denmark, and five of the six hold Danish citizenship. 
 
 
In an October interview with Berlingske, Munajev said that his team of Danish fighters will continue to fight the pro-Russian separatists. 
 
“They have been in war. They have participated in battles and they will continue to do so,” he said about his small team of Danes.
 
In another previous interview, Munajev made his feelings clear about Russian President Vladimir Putin. 
 
“I am Putin’s worst enemy and I am proud of it,” he told TV2 News. 
 
Munajev fought for the independence of his native Chechnya against Russian forces in the 1990s. He came to Denmark in 2007 with his wife and their four children. 

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Denmark is first Nordic country to reopen Kyiv embassy

Denmark on Monday reopened its embassy in Kyiv, Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod announced during a surprise visit to the Ukrainian capital.

Denmark is first Nordic country to reopen Kyiv embassy

“It is a very strong symbol of Danish support for Ukraine and the Ukrainian people that today we are reopening the doors of the Danish embassy,” Kofod said in a statement.

The move, which follows similar ones by other Western nations, had not been made public in advance.

Denmark closed the embassy following the Russian invasion of its pro-Western neighbour.

Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen visited Kyiv on April 21st, together with her Spanish counterpart, Pedro Sanchez.

During her visit, Frederiksen announced an additional 600 million Danish 
kroner
(81 million euros) in military aid to Ukraine, bringing  Denmark’s total military aid to one billion kroner.

Denmark is the first of the Nordic countries to reopen its embassy in Ukraine.

It will initially operate with limited staffing before gradually returning to normal levels, the foreign ministry said.

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