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 National Police Spetsnaz, ex-Berkut officers take part in tournament "Glory to Berkut!"

Officers of the Zaporizhia National Police special forces took part in a boxing tournament in memory of a deceased Berkut fighter.

As reported by Censor.NET citing zp.today, Zaporizhia hosted a boxing tournament in memory of Serhii Tsvyhun, a Berkut officer killed during the 2014 Maidan protests in Kyiv.

The tournament became a glorification of the infamous police unit, disbanded over its atrocities against Maidan activists, rather than tribute to a fallen comrade.

One of the prizes in the contest was the book "Nepokorenny (unconquered) Berkut" written by Dmytro Sobyn, major of Kharkiv Berkut who escaped to Russia. The book was published in already occupied Simferopol, Crimea.

The event was attended by Andrii Dolynnyi, Zaporizhia National Police deputy chief. As reported by 061.ua, Dolynnyi previously served as Berkut officer and spent only a month in the anti-terrorist operation (ATO) zone to be granted combatant status.

"This is a Ukrainian special forces unit that was established in 1992. It has its own traditions and it's been five years that we have had a boxing tournament in memory of the deceased police officer. We pay tribute to our comrade. It helps educate the younger generation, including young police officers. Therefore, the tournament is necessary and useful. If someone has a different opinion, it is their right. One thing is important - the police is and always will be a force that serves its people and the Ukrainian land," Dolynnyi explained his presence in the tournament to Forpost.

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