'Two former US soldiers, once hailed as “heroes” for fighting alongside Ukrainian neo-Nazi paramilitaries, have been charged with double murder and robbery in the US, allegedly committed to fund a “freedom-fighting” Venezuela tour.
Craig Lang and Alex Zwiefelhofer, both former enlisted soldiers, have been charged with a double homicide, according to documents released by the US Justice Department this week. They stand accused of murdering a middle-aged couple in Florida during a firearms purchase in April 2018.
The Florida couple intended to buy several weapons from Lang and Zwiefelhofer, but instead got gunned down and robbed of their cash.
While the crime may not sound that unusual for the US, it is the suspects' background that makes the whole affair jarring. It tells a disturbing story of insatiable hunger for killing people all over the world, all that based on a backward ideology.
Lang, 29, was with the US military for five-and-a-half years, serving several tours in Iraq and Afghanistan between 2008 and 2014. Zwiefelhofer, 22, joined the army in 2015, but went AWOL a year-and-a-half later, ultimately getting discharged in 2018.
The pair first appeared on the radar of special services back in 2017, when they were detained in Kenya as they tried to enter South Sudan for the purpose of participating in the armed conflict there. They were ultimately extradited to the US, and Lang then admitted he had been a “military adviser” in Ukraine since 2015.
Zwiefelhofer revealed that the pair actually met in Ukraine while fighting for the infamous Right Sector group – a paramilitary neo-Nazi unit that backs the Kiev government in the civil war in the eastern Donbass region.
While Zwiefelhofer seemingly did not leave a notable mark in Ukraine, Lang is a well-known and celebrated “US volunteer”there. The Ukrainian press has openly hailed him as a “hero,” highlighting his service with the Right Sector, as well as his inclusion in the so-called “Georgian Legion” – another pro-government paramilitary unit, composed of foreign nationals. Lang told reporters that the common enemy for him was “obviously Russia.”
Read more: ‘Heroes’ to MURDERERS: How US soldiers fought for Ukrainian neo-Nazis, then killed Florida couple to fund VENEZUELAN killing spree
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