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Speaking Russian with a strong Italian accent, Andrea Palmeri attracts attention in Lugansk, the separatist-held province in eastern Ukraine.Palmeri claims he was the first Italian to join the Russian-backed rebels in 2014, but has now been followed by some 30 compatriots.Many of those have since been killed, he said, in a conflict that has dragged on for four years and cost more than 10,000 lives.Palmeri, who was married to a Russian woman at the time, said he "couldn't stay at home" when he saw what was happening in Ukraine.He described the war as a battle "between liberalism and Russian values" fought by parts of Europe, America and the Russian state.In his native Italy, Palmeri faced 5 1/2 years in jail over accusations of violent crimes and was put under house arrest.
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