Bcoz, Democracy: US troops begin training Ukraine’s “Nazi” Azov battalion on Hitler’s birthday
The proxy war in Ukraine is about to get a lot more hypocritical from the position of the United States government. While the frequency of Ukraine news has been supplanted by other volatile situations, there has been no shortage of new developments.
In a stunning coincidence, US military personnel will be actively training troops in Ukraine, including the “Nazi” filled Azov battalion. Can United States officials really talk as if they have the moral high ground when they directly and openly support these extremists who would otherwise be terrorists?
NY Daily News
The U.S. military confirmed Friday that it sent paratroopers to Ukraine to train government forces in the ongoing fight against pro-Russia rebels — a move that drew an immediate rebuke from Moscow.
Russia warned that the American training mission would “seriously destabilize the situation” in war-torn Ukraine.
The U.S. paratroopers began arriving in Ukraine last week, U.S. Army spokesman Donald Wrenn told AFP. The training mission, dubbed Operation Fearless Guardian, calls for some 300 paratroopers to remain in Ukraine for about six months and provide instruction to about 900 soldiers from Ukraine’s national guard. Britain contributed 75 troops to the training mission, and Canada added another 200.
This is the same “volunteer” battalion that mysteriously had multiple English-speaking members wearing the official battalion patch. The video below features two English speakers, one with a distinctly American pattern of speech.
It was reported quietly in March that training would take place near the Polish border in western Ukraine.
Ukraine’s Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said in a Facebook post on Sunday that the units to be trained include the Azov Battalion, a volunteer force that has attracted criticism for its far-right sentiments including brandishing an emblem widely used in Nazi Germany.
Avakov said the training will begin April 20 at a base in western Ukraine near the Polish border and would involve about 290 American paratroopers and some 900 Ukrainian guardsmen.
This comes following the announcement that Right Sector leader Dymtro Yarosh was given a top post in the Washington-backed Kiev government structure, basically a senior adivsor.
So while we await to see if Europe’s turn to ultra right wing movements accelerates in the coming months, we just learned of a very disturbing development in just as insolvent Ukraine, where moments ago the website of the local Ministry of Defense reported that Dmytro Yarosh, i.e., the person show below…
… and whose political ideology has been described as nationalist, ultranationalist, neofascist, right-wing, or far right, was just appointed as Advisor to Chief of General Staff.
Even the US-funded (State Department) propaganda house “Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty” noted this is very “controversial” in it’s own brief report. Russia Today reported on the same announcement but added some much needed color to the situation.
Ukraine’s Interpol-wanted leader of extremist group Right Sector, Dmitry Yarosh, has been appointed as an adviser to the country’s Chief of General Staff.He has agreed to legalize thousands of fighters as an assault team subordinate to the regular army.
“Colonel General Viktor Muzhenko, Chief of General Staff, and Dmytro Yarosh agreed the format of cooperation between ‘Pravy Sector’ [Right Sector] and the Ukrainian Armed Forces,” Ukraine’s defense ministry said in a statement.
The appointment apparently comes after successful negotiations took place between the so-called Ukrainian Volunteer Corps (DUK Right Sector) and Ukraine’s top military command regarding possible options of incorporating the armed gangs inside the defense ministry’s structure of command.
The Right Sector’s armed paramilitary battalions agreed to be “subordinated to military leaders,” the ministry said. According to the statement, Muzhenko and Yarosh stressed the need for “unity”, confirming fighters’ readiness to obey Kiev’s central command.
“DUK is ready to perform common tasks with the Army, ready to obey the army leadership in matters relating to national defense against an external enemy, which enables every patriot to protect Ukraine,” Yarosh said.
Yarosh, who was one of the main figureheads of the violence-seeped coup last year, is wanted by Interpol for incitement of terrorism, and extremist activities. He was placed on the international wanted list at the request of Russian authorities. Despite his notoriety, Yarosh is an elected member of the Ukrainian parliament heading the Right Sector political party, which is banned in Russia as an extremist organization
Over the weekend Yarosh announced that he plans to legalize private military companies in Ukraine, and will soon introduce new legislation into the Parliament.
“I think it could be a good option for people, who can’t get back from war inside their heads,” the extremist leader claimed. “This will provide jobs to many people, and stability in the country, after all.”
The legalization comes after Yarosh offered to reform his Volunteer Corps into a professional assault team, in response to Kiev’s demands for all paramilitary units to surrender their arms or join the country’s official armed forces. Right Sector initially refused to obey the ultimatum, calling them “traitorous” and claiming that “volunteers and patriots” will only lay down arms after Ukraine’s territorial sovereignty is restored.
The so-called volunteer, as well as territorial defense and other types of privately formed and sponsored battalions, have been fighting alongside Ukraine’s regular army since Kiev began its “anti-terrorist operation” in the east of the country last April. Many of them have been noted for their cruelty and murderous tactics against the local population, such as Aidar and Azov being accused by international human rights associations of war crimes.
Nazi Azov battalion
For more information, this is an excerpt from our February article US Senator used old photos of Russian troops to push Ukraine war propaganda .
There are countless photos and videos showing the neo-nazi tendencies of pro-Kiev troops and militia thugs who have helped turn the conflict into an ethnic cleansing, particularly well covered by Eric Zuesse. (More here, here, here and here)
This is not unknown to the media or Washington, or it shouldn’t be, if they would do their job properly.
In late January, videos of English speaking soldiers in eastern Ukraine during intense battles raised many questions about exactly who is on the ground in the country. One mercenary was positively identified as British, who was seen looking at fresh damage after heavy shelling. As we reported, clear American English is heard off camera during the same point in the video.
So what is he doing with a patch from the Azov battalion in Ukraine, an openly neo-nazi unit that is often involved in heavy fighting.
Even the UK’s Telegraph reported on how they basically authenticate what so-called conspiracy theorists might say is evidence of America supporting extremist groups.
Such characters under Kiev’s control play straight into the hands of Russian and separatist propaganda that portrays Ukraine’s government as a “fascist junta” manipulated by the West.
“These battalions are made up of mercenaries, not volunteers,” said Sergei Kavtaradze, a representative of the rebel authorities in Donetsk. “They are real fascists who kill and rape civilians.” Mr Kavtaradze could not cite evidence of his claim and the battalion says it has not harmed a single civilian.
Ukraine’s government is unrepentant about using the neo-Nazis. “The most important thing is their spirit and their desire to make Ukraine free and independent,” said Anton Gerashchenko, an adviser to Arsen Avakov, the interior minister. “A person who takes a weapon in his hands and goes to defend his motherland is a hero. And his political views are his own affair.”
Mark Galeotti, an expert on Russian and Ukrainian security affairs at New York University, fears battalions like Azov are becoming “magnets to attract violent fringe elements from across Ukraine and beyond”. “The danger is that this is part of the building up of a toxic legacy for when the war ends,” he said.
Extremist paramilitary groups who have built up “their own little Freikorps” and who are fundamentally opposed to finding consensus may demand a part in public life as victors in the conflict, Mr Galeotti added. “And what do you do when the war is over and you get veterans from Azov swaggering down your high street, and in your own lives?”
The Azov battalion uses the neo-Nazi Wolfsangel (Wolf’s Hook) symbol on its banner.
BBC NEWSNIGHT reported on the obvious links to neo-nazis one year ago at the height of Maidan protests.
Senator John McCain, notorious warmonger, can point Senator Inhofe in the direction of the real neo-nazis in charge.
McCain is BFF’s with Ukraine’s US-puppet Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk and Svoboda party’s Oleh Tyahnybok.
The Right Sector is the most radical wing of Ukraine’s Maidan protest movement that toppled President Viktor Yanukovych in February.
Originally set up as an alliance of ultra-nationalist groups in November 2013, the Right Sector is now a party and its leader, Dmytro Yarosh, is running for president in the 25 May election – although his poll rating is negligible.
Critics at home say the party’s inflammatory rhetoric and violence is helping Russian media to depict Ukraine as overrun with “neo-Nazis” who threaten the Russian-speaking population.
The Right Sector is trying to portray itself as a responsible party, but enough doubts remain about its attitude and intentions to cause unease in both pro-Kiev and pro-Moscow camps.
Activists claiming to be Right Sector members were involved in Kiev’s Maidan protests from late November, but the group did not attract much attention until violent clashes with police in central Kiev on 19 January, in which it played a leading role.
By early February Mr Yarosh was saying the Right Sector had 500 fighters on Independence Square and could mobilise up to 5,000 nationwide, although close observers of the protests doubt this.
The StormCloudsGathering video on Ukraine notes that Svoboda and Tyanyhbok are openly extremist, this is common knowledge and easily confirmed.
The most prominent among these groups is an organization called Svoboda. The Svoboda party which traces its roots to the Ukrainian partisan army of World War II, was loosely allied with Nazi Germany. Until 2004, Svoboda had been called the Social-Nationalist Party, a deliberate reference to the National Socialism of the Nazis.
We’re not throwing the term Neo-Nazi around as an empty slur here. The leader of Svoboda, Oleh Tyahnybok, has openly targeted Jews and ethnic Russians in Ukraine for many years. In 2004 he was kicked out of Viktor Yushenko’s government for a speech calling for Ukrainians to fight against a “Muscovite-Jewish mafia”, and in 2005 he signed his name to an open letter to the leadership of Ukraine entitled “Stop the Criminal Activities of Organised Jewry”.
And none of this was a secret. The BBC was already reporting on the danger that Svoboda’s rise posed back in 2012, and the EU passed a resolution that same year condemning Svoboda, as “racist, anti-Semitic and xenophobic”. Yet somehow the U.S. government thought it was appropriate to back these extremists.
Why would the U.S. government work with Neo-Nazis?
Because they thought they could control the situation. They thought they could install their puppets behind the scenes and manipulate the situation in their favor. This isn’t a theory. That same Victoria Nuland who met with Svoboda in February was caught in another leaked phone call discussing who would they would put in power.
The mainstream media tried to draw your attention away from the important part of this conversation by focusing on the fact that she used a cuss word when referring to the E.U.
The U.S. government thought they could control this beast. But they were wrong. Svoboda and the Right Sektor are not toys to be played with. These groups are armed, they’re forceful, and they view this crisis as an opportunity to reshape Ukraine in their own image.
Apparently the U.S. government has been a little slow to catch on to the fact that their hand has been exposed. In March a senior U.S. official told Reuters that “Since entering the Ukrainian Parliament in October 2012, the Svoboda leadership has been working to take their party in a more moderate direction and to become a modern, European mainstream political party, The leadership has been much more vigilant about expelling or otherwise punishing individual members who engage in xenophobic behavior or rhetoric.”
So it’s ok to use known Neo-Nazi groups to topple a government as long as their leaders keep their people from saying anything stupid in front of cameras for a few months? The reality of the matter is that as ridiculous as this assertion makes Washington look, they are trapped. They can’t deny that Svoboda and the Right Sektor are running the coalition government when Svoboda holds five senior posts including the deputy prime minister position and the Right Sektor’s Dmytro Yarosh is now the country’s Deputy Secretary of National Security.