A file picture taken on March 8, 2014 shows Dmytro Yarosh, leader of Ukrainian far-right nationalist organization Pravy Sektor (Right Sector), speaking to journalists during a press conference in Kiev. AFP PHOTO / YURY KIRNICHNY
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The controversial leader of Ukraine's ultra-nationalist Pravy Sektor paramilitary group, which is fighting pro-Russian rebels alongside government troops, was made an army advisor Monday as Kiev seeks to tighten its control over volunteer fighters.While some such militias answer to the interior ministry and receive funding, the powerful Pravy Sektor or "Right Sector" militia, which currently claims 10,000 members including reservists -- but will not say how many are deployed at the front -- had until now refused to register with the authorities.Its posture is expected to change following Monday's announcement by the defense ministry of the appointment of its leader, Dmytro Yarosh, a hate figure in Moscow who was elected to Ukraine's parliament last year, as advisor to the army chief of staff Viktor Muzhenko.President Petro Poroshenko has been working hard to bring up to strength the regular army, which now numbers 184,000 and is to swell to 250,000 .
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