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Ukraine: On patrol with the far-right National Militia - BBC Newsnight

Women in the Azov battalion in Ukraine | DW documentary - Mar. 2017 |

The far-right Azov battalion has a reputation for being a fierce fighting force and openly uses fascist symbols. More and more young people are joining up, women too. There's mounting concern about democracy in Ukraine.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Mar 26th, 2022 at 07:09:15 AM EST
The Forgotten Front: Dutch Fighters in Ukraine | ICCT - July 2021 |

Despite the importance of studying this conflict, systematic research into the backgrounds and motives of these foreign fighters is relatively scarce, especially compared to the rich literature on the backgrounds, motivations and activities of their jihadist counterparts.

The recent study by MacKenzie and Kaunert on the alleged status of Ukraine as the "playground for the far-right" equally highlighted this lack of attention. This is problematic, since the claims made about the battlefield being a hub for right-wing extremism have important implications. It would mean that there might be a long-term impact of the presence of such fighters in Ukraine, beyond the direct effect they have on the conflict itself.

The example of (potentially) adding groups to lists of designated terrorist organisations such as is happening in the US is an example of a response to worries about such scenarios.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Mar 26th, 2022 at 07:10:40 AM EST
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Clapper Calls for Arming Ukrainian Forces: Who Would That Actually Empower? | Feb 27, 2015 |

It's easy to forget that just two years ago, President Obama was determined to bomb Syria and remove the Assad regime, and U.S. establishment institutions were working to lay the groundwork for that campaign. NPR began dutifully publishing reports from anonymous U.S. officials that Syria had stockpiled large amounts of chemical weapons; the NYT was reporting that Obama was "increasing aid to the rebels and redoubling efforts to rally a coalition of like-minded countries to forcibly bring down" Assad; Secretary of State John Kerry pronounced that forced removal of Assad was "a matter of national security" and "a matter of the credibility of the United States of America."

It Stinks A Mile In the Wind | Sep 8th, 2013 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Mar 26th, 2022 at 07:11:31 AM EST
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Mapping Militant Organizations. "Azov Battalion." Stanford University. Last modified March 2022.
... The group has an active social media presence that it uses for recruitment, fundraising, and messaging. It previously used Facebook and Instagram before it was deplatformed in 2016 for being a "dangerous organization."94 There is suggestive evidence that the group may receive support from online goods advertisedon Instagram and Facebook through the Misanthropic Division and Wolknvt shopfronts.95 In 2022, it was using Telegram to broadcast messages about the fight in Mariupol.96 Azov runs an international outreach program, headed by Olena Semenyaka, which networks with other far-right organizations across the U.S. and Europe.97 This has included running events and recruitment efforts out of European and American white supremacist and neo-nazi groups such as the Nordic Resistance Movement, Rise Above Movement, Casa Pound, and Atomwaffen Division.98 International recruitment efforts run through Azov's international events, in particular mixed martial arts competitions.99 Individual recruits from abroad are brought through the "Cossack House", a social center run by the Azov Battalion in Kyiv. The Cossack House operates as a hub for arriving recruits.100 ...
Adrien Nonjon,"Olena Semenyaka, The 'First Lady' of Ukrainian Nationalism". Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies (GWU: Washington D.C. ) Sep 2020
by Cat on Tue Mar 29th, 2022 at 09:46:06 PM EST
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Greek MPs leave Zelensky session for including message from neo-Nazi Azov

"The speech by members of the neo-Nazi Azov Battalion in the Greek Parliament is a challenge. They spoke of a history day, but it's a historic shame. Solidarity with the Ukrainian people is a given. But the Nazi cannot have a say in parliament," said SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras.

In the video, an Azov fighter who claimed to be Greek, but could not speak Greek, said in Ukrainian: "I am addressing you as a Greek." He then introduced himself, saying he was born in Mariupol and is fighting there.

The Azov Battalion is based in Mariupol, and had led a terror campaign against civilians there, including the city's 120,000 Greeks. Greek City Times also reported that the Ukrainian nationalist forces have "killed people for trying to leave the city."

Greece's SKAI news asked Mr. Kiouranas, a Greek who lives in Mariupol, if he was planning on leaving the city, to which he responded: 
"How can I leave? When you try to leave you run the risk of running into a patrol of the Ukrainian fascists, the Azov Battalion," adding "They would kill me and are responsible for everything."

Mariupouli Greek girl: "Ukrainian soldiers threatened us - The Russians calmed us down"

h/t Cat

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Apr 8th, 2022 at 10:03:37 AM EST
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Selenskyj schleust Rechtsextremisten ins griechische Parlament

Chronologically, the first foul of the day was committed by the Greek Parliamentary Service. Although there was a period of around thirteen days between Mitsotakis' invitation and Zelensky's speech, the parliamentary administration was unable to ensure professional interpretation. So the speech was first translated from Ukrainian into English, and then into Greek.

Even before the special session, two political groups, the Communist Party (KKE) and the Greek Solution Party, had written to Parliament President Konstantinos Tasoulas.

The KKE is also concerned about the ban on the communist party in Ukraine and the fact that two faction members were declared undesirables for traveling to Ukraine and staging rallies there in solidarity with the Ukrainian communists .

On Thursday morning, the Secretary General of the KKE reiterated his criticism of Russian President Vladimir Putin, whom he described as a "reactionary imperialist". He emphasized that he and his party stand in solidarity with the resisting people of Ukraine.

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Apr 8th, 2022 at 10:46:06 AM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Apr 10th, 2022 at 02:10:23 PM EST
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Burnt alive in Odessa (documentary)

Trade union building set alight after day of street battles in Black Sea resort city | The Guardian | and BBC News

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Russian Oil Wealth, Kremlin and Oligarchs | Dec 28, 2018 |

A Dispatch: Irish Traveler from Lviv via Kiev to Odessa | Mar 26, 2014 |

A few years ago, I was in Odessa, having just arrived from Lviv by train, and a taxi driver was quizzing me endlessly about the Western Ukraine city. "Why don't you just go there?", I asked in all seriousness. He replied: "I couldn't go there, I'm a Russian speaker, they'd kill me.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Apr 10th, 2022 at 12:22:31 PM EST
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From the diaries ...

Kiev, Ukraine in 2016: OUN Heroes, 'The Jews Had It Coming' | Aug 6, 2016 |

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Cold War Allies: CIA's Relations with Ukrainian Nationalists | CIA Archives |

As relations between the United States and the Soviet Union dete-riorated, the Central Intelligence Agency expanded its ties with these emigres. Using the Ukrainians as an example, this bonding illustrates the pitfalls and problems of enlisting disaffected ethnic minorities in an ideological struggle.

Three problems prevented immediate and close collaboration between SSU and the Ukrainian emigres. Most importantly, American intelligence was woefully ignorant of the different Ukrainian groups and their aims.

A second problem was the war record of some anti-Communist Ukrainians. The struggle between the Wehrmacht and Red Army awakened and inflamed ancient rivalries and hatreds in Ukraine.

CM War Allies

Ukrainians despised Poles and Jews as well as Soviet Communists. Ukrainians served in the German army and had been linked to Nazi atrocities on the Eastern Front. (S)

Motivation and reliability were final SSU concerns. Quinn considered the Ukrainians "adroit political intriguers and past masters in the art of propaganda" who would not hesitate to use the United States for their own ends. Moreover, emigre groups in general -- and Soviet ethnic minority groups in particular -- were obvious targets of Soviet penetration and manipulation."

Aradi also met Mykola Lebed, a fierce nationalist and key figure in the Ukrainian liberation movement. Lebed, one of the founders of the Orgcmizcicya Ukrainskych Nationcilliv, or Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN), served as the foreign minister of Zakordonne Predstavnytstvo UHVR or Foreign Representation of the Ukrainian Supreme Liberation Council. Lebed fervently believed in Ukrainian independence, but was controversial. Poland sentenced him to death (later commuted to life in prison) for his involvement in the assassination of the Polish Minister of the Interior Bronisław Pieracki in 1934."

VP Gore in Kyiv to review U.S.-Ukraine strategic partnership | UkrWeekly - July 1998 |

Cold War warrior Joe Biden picking up policy of 75 years ago initiated by OSS ...

Massacre of 50 to 100,000 Poles in Volhynia and Eastern Galicia (1943)

On 22 July 2016, the Parliament of Poland passed a resolution recognizing the massacres as genocide. This classification is disputed by Ukraine and non-Polish historians. According to a 2016 article in Slavic Review, there is a "scholarly consensus that this was a case of ethnic cleansing as opposed to genocide".

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Apr 10th, 2022 at 12:34:54 PM EST
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