July 5, 2016, DONi Donbass International News Agency https://dninews.com (Donbass)
One would think that the example of 25 million Russians, and 6 million of that Ukrainians killed in WWII would be enough of a historical lesson for future generations of Ukrainians to be afraid of a repetition of the horrors of Nazi crimes upon it's residents. But in today's US controlled political environment, what was in the past is now the reality of the present.
The post war history of Nazis in the Ukraine did not end in 1945. The United States, UK and Canada imported the entire 14th Waffen SS Division "Galicia" to live in North America and were a key source of anti-Soviet manpower during the cold war.Ukrainian Nazi veterans startednumerous nationalist organizations in English speaking countries. Funded by the CIA, they kept the flame of Nazism alive for decades in the hopes of being turned loose to re-fight WWII with an outcome more to their liking. Their children and grandchildren went on to be key players in re-energizing Nazism in post Soviet Ukraine starting in 1992.
According to the spin of a New York Times article, “The United States and the European Union have embraced the maidan revolution here as another flowering of democracy, a blow to authoritarianism and kleptocracy in the former Soviet space.” “Flowering Democracy, Revolution”? The grim realities are otherwise.The truth blacked out in the West is America has created a proxy regime of Neo-Nazis. In some ways the incessant, noxious and once seemingly absurd Russian propaganda has become a self-fulfilling prophecy: The U.S. government is knowingly training and arming neo-Nazi Ukrainian ultra nationalist paramilitary members in broad daylight in an unstable country with an unclear future. Nineteen million dollars of U.S. taxpayers’ money is going into this. We are all paying for it. There is no denying this one. Confirmed by Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland, key organizations in the Ukraine including the Neo-Nazi party Svoboda were generously supported by Washington: “We have invested more than 5 billion dollars to help Ukraine to achieve these and other goals. … We will continue to promote Ukraine to the future it deserves.”
The All-Ukrainian Union Svoboda, translated as Freedom, is a Ukrainian neo Nazi political party. The party was founded in 1991 as the Social-National Party of Ukraine and acts as a proponent of National Socialism and anti-communism. It is widely considered a fascist and anti-semitic party. The current party leader is Oleh Tyahnybok, who has held the role since February 2004. In 2004, Tyahnybok was expelled from the Our Ukraine parliamentary faction for a speech calling for Ukrainians to fight against a "Muscovite-Jewish mafia",and celebrated the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists for having fought "Moscovites, Germans, Jews and other scum who wanted to take away our Ukrainian state during WWII." The speech was delivered at the grave-site of a commander of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army where Tyahnybok praised its struggle against "Moskaly", a derogatory term for Russians and "Zhydy", an archaic but controversial term for Jews in Ukraine due to it being a slur when used in the Russian language.
The Azov Regiment is a neo Nazi military unit of the Ukrainian armed forces. The unit is based in Mariupol in the Azov Sea coastal region. Azov's regiment's commander is Andriy Biletsky, leader of the neo Nazi organization known as the Social-National Assembly and Patriot of Ukraine party. In its early days, Azov was the Ministry of Internal Affairs' special police company, led by Volodymyr Shpara, the leader of the Vasylkiv, Kiev, branch of Patriot of Ukraine storm troopers. Patrons of the battalion included Oleh Lyashko, a member of the Verkhovna Rada, and oligarch Igor Kolomoiski.The unit is notorious for having committed war crimes in Donbass, having engaged in shelling of civilian areas, kidnappings, rapes and murders while engaging in the trafficking of human organs. Members of the unit openly wear Nazi SS insignia on their helmets, carry swastika flags and many openly display Nazi tattoos.
Ukraine's Aidar Battalion is a volunteer military detachment of Ukraine's Ministry of Defense. The battalion took part in numerous war crimes upon the territory of the DNR and LNR in Donbass. The battalion Aidar was formally brought into the Ukrainian Army on 2 March 2015 and reorganized as the 24th Separate Assault Battalion of the Ukrainian Army. In July 2014, Russia began a criminal investigation of Aidar's commander, Serhiy Melnychuk, for "organizing the killing of civilians". Its volunteer pilot, Nadiya Savchenko, was captured by Donbass freedom fighters near Lugansk, transported to Russia and convicted of killing two Russian journalists. On 8 September 2014 Amnesty International claimed that the Aidar Battalion had committed war crimes, including abductions, unlawful detention, ill-treatment, theft, extortion, and executions of civilians. On 24 December 2014, Amnesty International reported that the unit was blocking humanitarian aid from Ukraine reaching the population of Donbass. Over half the population in these areas depend on food aid. According to Amnesty International, the Aidar, Donbass and Dnipro-1 battalions were blocking humanitarian supply delivery openly.Denis Krivosheev, acting Director of Europe and Central Asia for Amnesty International, stated that "Using starvation of civilians as a method of warfare is a war crime". In April 2015, the Ukrainian government appointed Governor of Lugansk Hennadiy Moskal stated that Aidar battalion was "terrorizing the region" and asked Ukrainian Defense Ministry to rein in its members after a series of thefts, including ambulances and the takeover of a bread factory.
Right Sector is a neo Nazi Ukrainian nationalist political party that originated in November 2013 as a paramilitary confederation at the Euromaidan revolt in Kiev, where its street fighters fought against riot police. The coalition became a political party on 22 March 2014, at which time it claimed to have 10,000 members. Founding groups included Trident (Tryzub), led by Dmytro Yarosh and Andriy Tarasenko; and the Ukrainian National Assembly–Ukrainian National Self-Defense (UNA–UNSO), a political/paramilitary organization. Other founding groups included the Social-National Assembly and its Patriot of Ukraine paramilitary wing.The party's ideology is based on the Ukrainian national idea and bears all the trademarks of a Nazi ideology. The party believes that idea of a nation is more broad than the concept of people as a race, yet nothing even close to the cosmopolitan concept of "political nation". Nation is a conscious and effective unity of people united around the idea of freedom that is based on racial-social and spiritually cultural factors.
Despite the unanimous support of US lawmakers for amendments banning aid to the openly neo-Nazi Army units operating in Ukraine, the provisions were removed from the final versions of the Pentagon funding bill and the 2016 omnibus budget. After the $1.8 trillion budget deal was struck between President Barack Obama and the Republican majority in Congress, the White House praised the removal of numerous “ideological riders,” while Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) trumpeted the $64 million aid for European countries “facing Russian aggression.” It now appears that one of those riders was the amendment passed unanimously by the House of Representatives last June that would have banned US aid to the notorious neo-Nazi ‘Azov’ battalion. The controversial unit is just one of many employed by the Kiev government against the residents of two eastern regions that have refused to accept the legitimacy of the government installed in the US-backed, February 2014 color revolution.
One of the provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which Obama signed, includes $300 million in military aid for the pro Nazi regime in Kiev. The law authorized the Pentagon to provide Kiev with “anti-armor weapon systems, mortars, crew-served weapons and ammunition, grenade launchers and ammunition, and small arms and ammunition.” Counter-artillery radars, drones, and cyber capabilities were also included in the program. Training for the Kiev regime forces is managed by the American 173rd Airborne Brigade at a camp in Yavoriv near Lvov in western Ukraine.
Nazism in the Ukraine is not a new phenomenon, but what is positively shocking is that the United States, a nation that fought with Russia to prevent the spread of Nazism worldwide, would today be it's greatest source of support. Perhaps not all that shocking, when you consider America has been funding Ukrainian Nazis since the day World War II ended. Proving it is imperative in today's Ukraine to know your Nazis.