WORLD BEAT
US trains Nazis in Ukraine national guard
Megan Cornish
volume:  
volume 36
issue 3
June 2015

Some 300 U.S. paratroopers are now stationed in Ukraine. They started training the Azov Battalion of the Ukraine national guard on April 20 — Hitler’s birthday, no less!

When USA Today reported the story, it merely interviewed a sergeant who admitted being a Nazi but hid the truth of the Nazi nature of the whole battalion.

The battalion was founded by Andriy Biletsky, head of the coalition of neo-Nazi groups called the Social-National Assembly of Ukraine, and of its paramilitary wing, Patriots of Ukraine. “Social-national” refers to the German Nazi, or National Socialist party.

The Azov Battalion’s emblem features a close copy of the “wolfsangel” design used by an infamous division of the Nazi SS paramilitary that fought on the Russian front in WWII, and also of the “black sun” SS symbol. The battalion has been accused of abuses against civilians in eastern Ukraine.

Nazi politics are not exclusive to the National Guard. The leader of the fascist Right Sector, Dmitry Yarosh, has also been appointed as adviser to the military’s Chief of General Staff. Parliament has passed a law limiting free speech. And anti-fascist politicians and journalists have been killed in Kiev.

The National Guard training project is funded by the Global Security Contingency Fund requested by the Obama administration and passed by Congress in the 2015 budget. Its aim is to train and arm “allies” of the USA internationally — obviously including Nazi allies. As of January, the United States had earmarked $19 million for the Ukrainian national guard. The German news outlet Deutsche Welle reported that the U.S. pledged $75 million worth of military aid to Kiev.

The United Nations reports that more than 6,000 people have been killed in this U.S.-backed civil war. More than a million have already been displaced.

Also see: On trial in Greece: 69 members of the violent, ultra-right Golden Dawn party

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