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Why Azov should not be designated a foreign terrorist organization | Atlantic Council - Feb. 24, 2020 |

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Guerrilla tactics offer Ukraine's best deterrent against Putin's invasion force | Atlantic Council - Dec. 6, 2021 |

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Tue Feb 22nd, 2022 at 09:51:00 PM EST
The Armies of the Right -- Inside Ukraine's extremist militias | Harpers Weekly - Dec. 2020 |

Outside the city-council offices in Kyiv's Obolon district, Andriy Biletsky was about to give a speech. It was a spring day in 2019, and volunteers from Biletsky's far-right group, the Azov movement, were idling in the sunshine next to the gloomy Soviet-era building, while others milled about in the shade of the birch and linden trees of a nearby park, almost outnumbering the audience members. The volunteers wore tight-fitting T-shirts and heavy military boots, and were ready to record the proceedings with cell phones and camcorders. The spectators, mostly pensioners, clutched plastic shopping bags and gossiped among themselves.

Azov was established in 2014 as a volunteer militia, and was lauded for its heroic intervention in Ukraine's grueling campaign against Russian-backed separatists in the east. Since those early victories, however, Azov has expanded its scope, managing to integrate itself into the military, the police, and other structures of the Ukrainian state. It established its own political party, the National Corps. Biletsky, who commanded Azov's military forces against Russia, is the party's leader.

One respectably dressed middle-aged man carrying groceries asked Biletsky why he hadn't deployed his regiment to deal with the crooks in parliament. Biletsky sidestepped the question, reminding the crowd instead of the importance of voting.

Ukraine is among the poorest countries in Europe and the closest thing the continent has to a failing state. It is mired in a smoldering conflict with Russian-backed separatists in its eastern provinces, and its state institutions have been almost entirely captured by competing oligarchs. Corruption pervades almost every level of government. Outside Kyiv's metro stations, elderly women in head scarves and bedraggled war veterans beg for change, while nearby the streets are lined with luxury shops and petty gangsters run red lights in black SUVs without fear of rebuke. Millions have emigrated to Poland or Russia for work. The capital has the uncanny feel, at times, of a postmodern Weimar, where Instagram influencers brunch in cafés tricked out in the international hipster style opposite billboards adorned with the faces of Ukraine's martyrs in the war against Russia.

The Al Jazeera news report from the trenches were hard-core neo-Nazis in the trenches on the front fighting Russian separatists.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Tue Feb 22nd, 2022 at 09:52:09 PM EST
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Examining the Threat of the Azov Movement in Ukraine | Geohistory |

The Azov movement has gained in reputation and power, not only in their home country of Ukraine, but across the world. The group, which began as a volunteer paramilitary organization, has evolved and expanded since its conception. Now an integrated part of Ukraine's formal military forces, its leaders are currently active in local and national politics. Although they have been only marginally successful at the polls, they have been very visible in the national discussion of how to form a new, post-Maidan Ukrainian identity through physical protests, online discussion, and active recruiting to their nationalist organizations. Comparing facets of Azov to 20th-century fascism reveals concerning similarities that should not be overlooked, as modern-day fascism and its violence could pose a threat to the current Ukrainian government's efforts to establish itself as a democratic, European state.

The Azov Battalion began after the separatist conflict broke out in eastern Ukraine in 2014 (OpenDemocracy, 2016). The group was created by members of two closely related ultra-nationalist and neo-Nazi organizations: the Social-National Assembly and the Patriot of Ukraine (Miller, 2018), and it quickly gained a reputation for helping the underequipped Ukrainian military forces. Azov eventually became an official regiment in Ukraine's National Guard.

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Tue Feb 22nd, 2022 at 09:53:28 PM EST
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Far-Right ideology has cemented itself in Ukraine under Zelensky

However, as recently as August 5, the Ukrainian president demonstrated that he has not deviated from the reactionary and extremist ideology of his predecessor. Zelensky said on the Dom TV channel that "for the sake of your children and grandchildren," those who identify as Russian in Donbass should "go find a place for yourself in the Russian Federation." Effectively, he called for the ethnic cleansing of Russians in Donbass, irrespective of the fact that Donbass has been an integral part of the Russian homeland since the 1600's. It cannot be overlooked that Zelensky's call for Russians to be ethnically cleansed from Donbass is in violation of the European Convention on Human Rights and the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. He received no condemnation from the EU or the UN.

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Зеленський порадив виїжджати в Росію українцям із Донбасу, які вважають себе росіянами | Radio Svoboda - Aug. 5, 2021 |

Headline: Zelensky advised Ukrainians from Donbass who consider themselves Russians to leave for Russia.

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Strategy and tactics of deoccupation: how can Ukraine regain its territories? | Radio Svoboda - March 2, 2021 |

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Tue Feb 22nd, 2022 at 09:55:11 PM EST
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If this is intended to illustrate that there is ethnic cleansing going on in the Ukraine... then that'll be a FAIL.

Google translate from the Radio Free Europe site in Ukranian :

"Those people who now live in the occupied territories of Donbass and Crimea need to understand that this is not about someone being evicted. I just want to be understood. Once again: is it the Motherland or are you a guest? I believe that if you live in the territory of Donbass today, temporarily occupied, and you believe that this is the right thing for us in Russia, that we are Russians, it is a big mistake to stay and live in Donbass. It will never be Russian territory. It's just never, "Zelensky said.

I think that it's optimistic on his part, but not unreasonable, otherwise.

I believe that I can make a formal claim of voluntary disinformation for your above post. Or did you just believe the crappy analysis from the BRICs site without checking yourself?

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Tue Feb 22nd, 2022 at 10:18:06 PM EST
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Oui, please, can you respond to my above post? I have noticed that when you engage with other participants, your responses are clear, cogent, well-reasoned. In other words, of much better quality than your high-volume, hit-and-run posting style. I wish you would exercise better quality control.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Wed Feb 23rd, 2022 at 07:14:53 AM EST
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Christchurch despairs over white supremacist attacks | WikiPedia - Fri Mar 15, 2019 |

Testament to Murder: The Violent Far-Right's Increasing Use of Terrorist Manifestos | ICCT - Mar 2020 |

Related my diaries @ET on White Supremacists

Ukraine military: Ultra-right Infiltrating Military Leadership Jobs | Dec. 24, 2021 |

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Tue Mar 8th, 2022 at 01:09:59 PM EST
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Oui, you're going over the same ground here.
Perhaps now that the Russians have control of a significant part of Ukrainian territory, they have found proof of ethnic cleansing? Genocide, as Putin said? I don't know, mass graves or something?

It's not that I don't take extreme right violence seriously. I do. But some sort of tangible evidence is required, because these are heavy accusations, considering that they are being used as an excuse to invade a sovereign country. That would require a certain number of verifiable deaths to justify the thousands of deaths resulting from the invasion, do you disagree?

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Tue Mar 8th, 2022 at 01:21:34 PM EST
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