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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Mar 5th, 2022 at 10:39:01 PM EST
'I'm not a loser': Zelensky clashes with veterans over Donbas disengagement (VIDEO) | Kyiv Post - Nov. 28, 2019 |

However, the biggest argument erupted when someone informed Zelensky that the veterans had illegal arms, which they allegedly stored under their beds. The president then demanded they remove the weapons from Zolote.

When one veteran, Denys Yantar, said they had no arms and wanted instead to discuss protests against the planned disengagement that had taken place across Ukraine, Zelensky became furious.

    "Listen, Denys, I'm the president of this country. I'm 41 years old. I'm not a loser. I came to you and told you: remove the weapons. Don't shift the conversation to some protests,"Zelensky said.

Videos of the exchange spread quickly. As he said this, Zelensky aggressively approached Yantar, who heads the National Corps, a political offshoot of the far-right Azov volunteer battalion, in Mykolaiv city.

"But we've discussed that," Yantar said.

"I wanted to see understanding in your eyes. But, instead, I saw a guy who's decided that this is some loser standing in front of him," Zelensky said.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Mar 5th, 2022 at 10:40:08 PM EST
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In Ukraine, Stepan Bandera's legacy becomes a political football... again | EuroNews - March 19, 2021 |

Now the authorities in Lviv, in western Ukraine, have reignited the debate over the wartime militia leader by requesting the government to rename Arena Lviv in honour of Bandera and forcing Ukrainian President Volodimir Zelenskyy to pick a side during a bitter election battle.

"They are pressuring Zelenskyy and [Denys] Shmygal, the prime minister, to decide if they are nationalist or not," said Alexei Jakubin, a senior politics lecturer at Kyiv Polytechnic Institute.

Zelenskyy, who won the 2019 election in Ukraine by a landslide with over 70% of the vote, is currently polling at just 19%.

Lviv's authorities, dominated by right-wing parties including Svoboda and European Solidarity, the party of former president Petro Poroshenko, smell blood.

"Zelenskyy and Poroshenko have a fight going on about who is the most patriotic [and] Zelenskyy is in a difficult position because his support is much lower he is moving [towards] the right wing, which is the territory of Poroshenko," said Jakubin.
"This is a test to see whether or not he is a real patriot," he added.

It is not the first time by any means that a war over Bandera's legacy has been waged in the highest echelons of Ukrainian politics.

In 2010, Bandera was named a "Hero of Ukraine" by the outgoing President Viktor Yushchenko, sparking anger in Europe, Poland and Israel.

He was stripped of the title in 2011 under Yushchenko's replacement, President Viktor Yanukovych, but when Yanukovych was ousted in 2014, Kyiv's City Council renamed the city's Moscow Avenue Stepan Bandera Avenue after the Russian invasion of eastern Ukraine.

The Crisis in Ukraine and the Split of Identity in the Russian Speaking World | Univ. of Haifa - 2015 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Mar 5th, 2022 at 10:41:09 PM EST
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Ukraine's far-right warriors set for war with Russia | The Times UK - Jan. 15, 2022 |

Ukraine's newly decorated war hero remains troubled by an ill-chosen remark concerning the bones in the cage of his unit's pet wolf.

By rights Dmytro Kotsyubaylo, nom de guerre Da Vinci, should be basking in glory. Last month the 26-year-old captain became the first living recipient serving in the ultra-nationalist Right Sector volunteer battalion to be awarded the title Hero of Ukraine by the country's president.

Photographs of him shaking hands with President Zelensky at the ceremony in the Ukrainian parliament, where he was also decorated with the Order of the Golden Star for courage on the battlefield, marked not just a moment of personal glory for him but a political rehabilitation for a unit mired in controversy since its formation.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Mar 5th, 2022 at 11:06:46 PM EST
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Unsolved Maidan massacre casts shadow over Ukraine | Atlantic Council - Feb. 18, 2020 |

Imagine a European capital city where dozens of unarmed protesters are shot down in broad daylight. Now imagine that six years later, those responsible for the slaughter have still not been brought to justice. Inconceivable? Incredibly, this is precisely the situation in today's Ukraine, where scores of protesters participating in the country's Revolution of Dignity Maidan Revolt were killed in the vicinity of Kyiv's Independence Square in late February 2014.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, who has inherited this thorny case from the previous administration of Petro Poroshenko, says that everything is being done to uncover the truth about these crimes. Emphasizing that he and his team have the political will and determination to see this through, he nevertheless cautions that enduring flaws in the legal system still stand in the way.

Zelenskyy acknowledged last week that the killings on Maidan remain "the most complicated case in our country." He told the media that evidence and documents have been lost, while the scene of the crime has been tampered with and "cleaned up." He could not say when those who gave the orders would be found, but gave assurances that the matter is being "dealt with faster than several years ago." It is receiving proper attention, he stressed, "and we are doing everything possible."

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Mar 6th, 2022 at 12:12:45 AM EST
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h/t Cat Ukraine is not a State Party to the Rome Statute of the ICC ...

... ICC jurisdiction with respect to alleged crimes committed on Ukrainian territory from 21 November 2013 to 22 February 2014.

Where is the ICC report?

Ukraine: Extremists Reject EU Deal, Demand Violent Overthrow | Fri Feb 21st, 2014 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Mar 6th, 2022 at 12:25:35 AM EST
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Politico.eu.com | Zelenskyy is arming Kyiv residents -- a former rival is helping supply the rest, 11 Mar
Just days ago, Serhiy Prytula was planning to launch a political party to challenge the Ukrainian president. `That was another life,' he says now. ...
In 2019, he left a succesіful career as a radio and TV presenter, actor and comedian to go into politics. He ran for parliament with the Holos, or Voice, party as part of the self-described "patriotic opposition" to Zelenskyy, who Prytula knew well from their parallel careers in media.... Yet Holos only won 20 seats and the party's leader, singer Svyatoslav Vakarchuk, soon quit. Prytula followed, planning to found his own liberal-right party.

But these days, when every week feels like a year, two years is a lifetime. And for now, Prytula -- like millions of other Ukrainians -- has paused life in favor of simply managing the war, setting aside his political differences with Zelenskyy, his career in both politics and show business, as well as his friendships with the many Russians he has worked with over the years.
[Prytula's press secretary Maria] Pysarenko asks journalists not to identify the building in central Kyiv where the supply center is being run. But while most of the city center has been eerily quiet for days, a constant stream of vehicles arrives here to both unload goods and to pick up items they will ferry to territorial defense brigades around the city.
With the supply center, Prytula is expanding the fund he set up eight years ago, when Russia fomented war in eastern Ukraine. The money raised then went to support the Ukrainian armed forces fighting Russian-backed separatists, purchasing drones, sniper rifles, radio stations and night vision goggles.
The lack of experience and background checks on people being given arms has caused some concern. One Territorial Defense member described a tense standoff between two units in Kyiv that did not recognize each other and suspected the other of being Russian saboteurs. There have also been cases of journalists being assaulted by Territorial Defense members.

Such is the fog of war, Prytula shrugged.

by Cat on Sat Mar 12th, 2022 at 11:08:19 PM EST
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