Neo-Nazi Euromaidan

Yatsenyuk ZelyankaAnother rally goes on (the 11th, no less) in Kiev today, with opposition ‘leader’ (or at least the man keeping the seat warm until Yulia is released), Yatsenyuk, having stated ominously: “We give parliament one week to change the constitution, or there will be conflicts.”

Strange that this would seem to be the fellow the Americans regard as a real diplomat, good ole’ Yatz. But perhaps not so given his popularity is in general so low, he couldn’t even visit Kharkiv without getting doused in ‘brilliant green’, just about all Yatsenyuk can do is try to cash in on revolution-fervor with his playing to the barricades bravado. Those he presumably hopes to impress with his rhetoric, Svoboda, have just reneged on a pledge to vacate Kiev’s occupied City Hall.

I’m asked rather often by Ukrainians why I don’t support Euromaidan. The answer is quite simple – I have grandparents who served in World War Two, fighting fascism. In supporting Euromaidan, you give your backing to those they were fighting against. The fascism of Euromaidan is deeply entrenched, with an entirely clear lineage. With supporters of Batkivshyna UPAand UDAR fairly moderate, the move to the ‘ultra-violence’ which has become the defining feature of Euromaidan, has been powered by far-right parties.

A recent survey showed the typical Euromaidaner to be a youngish man with no higher education from the west of Ukraine. The three pillars of the west of Ukraine are its ‘capital’ Lviv, academic centre of Ternopil and the supposed seat of Ukrainian culture, Ivano-Frankivsk. And there’s something they’d really like you to think. Really. That their brave soldiers, of the Organisation of Ukrainian Nationalists, OUN (military wing the UPA) fought independently during World War Two, with whichever side gave them the best chance of an independent Ukrainian state.

All very romantic, romanticised. The only trouble with it, is it’s utterly disingenuous and totally untrue. Of all the Nazi collaboration during World War Two, the west of Ukraine in Lviv, Ternopil and Ivano-Frankivsk were perhaps the most slavish, bloodthirsty proponents. And it began right at the start of WWII, with both branches of the OUN confirming a commitment to working with the Stepan BanderaNazis, the OUN described by Germans as “a faithful German auxiliary” of 1939. In fairness, leader of OUN-M, Andriy Melnyk, was a rather dignified older fellow (near 50 at the time), who favoured a more moderate approach.

But the man of that moment was unquestionably Stepan Bandera (pictured left), then in his early-30s, operating proceedings from his Krakow base, Germany’s General Government, in Nazi-occupied Poland. His OUN-B faction were engaged in ‘ethnic cleansing’ of the west of Ukraine from the start of the war, with talks already underway into forming what would be German-serving battalions Nachtigall and Roland. The Germans themselves were shocked at the brutality of the western Ukrainians, as they attempted to eliminate the Poles and Jews from Lviv with everything down to metal poles, a pamphlet of the time proclaiming – “We will lay your heads at Hitler’s feet”.

When the Germans invaded Ukraine on June 22nd 1941, they were greeted by towns and cities in the west decked out to welcome them, Nuremburg style – (these Ivano Frankivsk) -

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As enormous crowds turned out -

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Ukrainian officials fell over themselves to welcome Nazi officers -

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Ukrainian battalions ready to serve were out on parade with their own fascist symbol of two sig runes alongside the Nazi swastika -

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Pageants of traditional Ukrainian folk cultures were laid on -

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Nor is this the past, this is the present. The most popular political party by far in Lviv (reportedly taking over 50% of the vote there), Ivano-Frankivsk and Ternopil is Svoboda, a party who have made Nazi-idolatry a central part of their platform -

Yuriy Mykhalchyshyn, member of Svoboda’s Lviv City Council, maintains a blog called nachtigal88, the nachtigall a reference to the Nazi battalion formed in Ukraine, with the 88 a binary version of “Heil Hitler”. Mykhalchyshyn references Goebbels repeatedly as a hero, and has himself stated of Svoboda: “We are against diversity. Ukraine is for Ukrainians.”

Svoboda Bandera- In 2011, Svoboda instigated the change in name of a street formerly known as Peace Street, in the village of Razliv near Lviv, to Nachtigall Street, honouring the Ukrainian Nazi unit. 

- Svoboda shares the Nazi values of racial and sexual ‘purity’. Senior member Yuriy Syrotiuk declared he was unhappy about black singer Gaitana representing Ukraine in the Eurovision song contest, citing that she “is not an organic representative of the Ukrainian culture”, while the group has attacked homosexual marches, describing them as ‘deviants’ and ‘perverts’. 

- Svoboda have championed the veneration of Nazi-collaborator Stepan Bandera as a national hero, while leader Oleg Tyagnibok has become infamous for anti-Semitic statements. His anti-Semitism saw him dismissed from parliament in 2004, yet in 2005 he co-signed a letter to President Yushchenko calling for an investigation into the “criminal activities of organized Jewry in Ukraine.”

And this is really just getting started. Any Ukraine under Svoboda, as per their policy, would see violent persecution of minority groups, even the over half the country who speak Russian, with Svoboda seeking to criminalize that language (despite senior member Iryna Farion having once been a member of the Communist Party, something she rather hilariously denies).

So if you want to know who’s fighting for Euromaidan today, it’s the grandchildren of these western Ukrainians -

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I took this one down on Maidan, the young man in yellow hiding his face before throwing a Nazi salute when asked about their politics. In the background is the original Svoboda logo, the Wolfsangel, inextricably connected with Nazi symbolism – Svoboda was originally called the Social-National Party of Ukraine (see what they did there?) -

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Perhaps the real worry should be, though, that Svoboda are simply not far enough right for many down on Euromaidan. For those who feel Svoboda are just a bit moderate, there’s Spilna Sprava – a clever name because what it supposedly means is ‘common cause’, while the initials spell ‘SS’. They have openly stated their aim is instigating civil war in Ukraine, and the group clearly like this photo, as it’s posted more than once on their Vkontakte page -

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The caption ‘only together are we strong’. Guns, of course also referenced by Pravy Sektor leader Dmitro Yarosh -

In his interview with TIME, Yarosh, whose militant brand of nationalism rejects all foreign influence over Ukrainian affairs, revealed for the first time that Pravy Sektor has amassed a lethal arsenal of weapons. He declined to say exactly how many guns they have. “It is enough,” he says, “to defend all of Ukraine from the internal occupiers” — by which he means the ruling government — and to carry on the revolution if negotiations with that government break down.

And indeed, young men down on Maidan are patrolling the streets openly brandishing firearms (highly-trained Afghan veterans have long been a part of Euromaidan), with beatings of anyone who disagrees becoming ever more savage.

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(Photos courtesy of here – http://postum-main.livejournal.com/462141.html)

Their grandparents would be proud if they could see them, they too fought for fascism in Ukraine. Just like today, they also managed to fool a lot of Ukrainians into believing they were something other than Nazis.

YouTube Channel

And -

Don’t Call (all) Ukrainians Nazis (there’s Ira)

The Lviv Terrorists (or Not West vs East)

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Stepan Bandera – History’s Biggest Loser

The Highs and Fall of Orange (Part 2 of 2)

Oleh Tyahnybok and the Rise of Svoboda

The Fascist State of Lviv (Part 1 of 2)

For the Love of Ukraine (Nikolaev)

29 thoughts on “Neo-Nazi Euromaidan

      • Проблема в том, что вы украли этот город. Это не западноукраинский город. И если мы посмотрим кто там жил до войны. То окажется вообще то что там жили ваших всего 0,3 % остальное поляки и евреи. Вот их то и вырезали ваши деды.

      • Another fake “antinazi”… who supports the extreme russian right wing ultranationalist policy of the killer of chechenyans…. Putin…. Whose political base is extreme right wing…. Putin who is admired by every single neonazi group in Europe… Putin… and his melancholic dream of the good ol’ soviet days when Russia ruled with fist of iron. A little country DARED to oust the russian puppet they had as president? And they will pay for that. This little country will have an unforgettable punihment for daring to contradict the imperialist will of Russia. “In Maidan there were nazis…. So…. LONG LIVE RUSSIAN IMPERIALISM” HAHAHAHAHAHA ‘Strong’ argument! Keep posing you little fake “antinazi”.

  1. Hi, thank you for this post.
    I hate Nazis AND Commies.
    I hope the people prevail and kick out these fascist filth.

    I HATE what is happening in the Ukraine and Senator John McCain has been pictured with Svoboda leader who is neo nazi.

    Anything USA touches turns to mush.
    I am so sorry Ukraine.

  2. Ah the imperialistic British judge the oppressed who suffered utter brutality with millions starved to death in a mad made famine under Uncle Joe and you wonder why the Germans were welcomed?

    You fail to provide true context on the suffering of the Ukrainian people then and now. When it gets too hot, you just bogey out but the people there are fighting for their freedom and in an environment as brutal to the individual as the oligarchs, you point to certain extremes concluding incorrectly on the present too.

    Back in 2004, the Orange Revolution took an easier path and this one was far rougher with dozens of people laying down their lives to snipers and brutality.

    Nice that you label everyone Nazis. What a bunch of nonsense. You’re wrong again and the new government formed will prove that out while you go on with your jingoistic British ways. It’s not like the British empire has a record over a long period of time showing kindness to the various natives.

    There was one guy named Ghandi, as just one example.

      • You’re welcome. The new reform government will be announced and my guess is there won’t be one Nazi among them.

        Enough with the Soviet style rhetoric. The people have suffered in unimaginable ways you’d never stand for so let’s look at the reality not pure propaganda.

        How many international trials have we seen of the Soviet monsters who murdered, tortured and deported millions to the gulags or worse?

        Can you name one person who was similarly tried as the guilty at Nuremberg?
        There’s a little more perspective for you. Think about it.

  3. John McCain was photo’d with Svoboda Party leader, Oleh Tyahnybok in Kiev, Ukraine.
    An avowed Nazi.

    The ‘new’ reformed govt is set up by Soros/Obama/EU/USA and has *ZERO* to do with Soviets. Obama is the Soviet.

    ‘How many international trials have we seen of the Soviet monsters who murdered, tortured and deported millions to the gulags or worse?’

    It is the year 2014, not 1944.
    America also had a holocaust of my people, the American Indian of which there were NO trials. Your point?

    Its pretty easy to accuse people of being “Soviets with Soviet propaganda” much harder to refute when others have the truth.
    Fact:
    There were instructions in Ukrainian and Egyptian (Tahrir) on ‘how to revolt.’
    Fact:
    Victoria Nuland, state dept assistant has been in Kiev 3X engaging ‘protesters.’
    Fact:
    Soros admitted yesterday that he is behind the ‘uprise’ (which is western lead)

    We are looking at ANOTHER failed ‘revolt’ that the west has crafted.

    • McCain was pictured with a guy who actually denies he is a Nazi but admits to be quite nationalistic. Is he any different than the Israeli nationalists and the extremes of their nationalism? I’d say the evidence is he comes up quite short.

      You make a claim about the just announced government in Ukraine. Well congratulations, your evidence is overwhelming and I’m sure Alex Jones will have you on his radio show tonight.

      Yes, it’s 2014 – and most of the protesters lived DIRECTLY under the scourge of Communism. Have they seen any of the tyrants who terrorized them and their families over decades brought to justice?

      Hello, do you have a clue on basic logic or are you always this slow.

      You can take your complaints about the American Indian to a smallpox museum. That’s where they belong and not in a discussion on current efforts for a free Ukraine.

      • ‘Hello, do you have a clue on basic logic or are you always this slow. ‘

        TYPICAL Marxist/Alinsky attacks.

        So, you love the neo-con war mongering lunatic, John McCain. Who has also been pictured with Islamic terrorists as well.
        We ALL know that the Svoboda party leader is a NAZI:
        http://www.salon.com/2014/02/25/is_the_us_backing_neo_nazis_in_ukraine_partner/

        Its pretty easy to accuse people of being “Soviets with Soviet propaganda” much harder to refute when others have the truth.
        Fact:
        There were instructions in Ukrainian and Egyptian (Tahrir) on ‘how to revolt.’
        http://www.moonofalabama.org/images4/arabspring-ukraine.jpg
        >>>>>REFUTE IT.

        Fact:
        Victoria Nuland, state dept assistant has been in Kiev 3X engaging ‘protesters.’
        “Food for demonstration”

        >>>>>REFUTE IT.
        Fact:
        Soros admitted yesterday that he is behind the ‘uprise’ (which is western lead)

        This is what YOUR King SOROS said:
        ‘I established the *Renaissance* Foundation in Ukraine in 1990 – before the country achieved independence.’
        ‘Chancellor Angela Merkel must reach out to President Vladimir Putin to ensure that Russia is a partner, not an opponent, in the Ukrainian *renaissance*.’

        HIS WORDS. http://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/george-soros-calls-on-the-eu–and-germany-in-particular–to-take-the-lead

        >>>>REFUTE IT.

        You can use that “Alex Jones” stuff til you’re blue in the face, but some of us DO research, unlike YOU.

        By the way, if you didnt give a damn about my people:
        ‘You can take your complaints about the American Indian to a smallpox museum’

        With such callous remarks, you dont give a damn about the Ukrainians either, WE DO.

  4. I’m neither a Marxist nor an Alinsky supporter. Your rabid mutterings are just dumb, sorry but you can’t follow a simple point. Instead you rant, quite a lot and haphazardly. My foolishness for entertaining it which I won’t do after this.

    I didn’t embrace McCain but the mere repeating of his name after you brought him up set you off on yes, hold for it, another rant against another straw man. I’m going to guess you didn’t get named to to the elementary school debate team. The Svoboda leader has killed how many people? Terrorized how many civilians? How does that put him on par with any Nazi? Or an Israeli nationalist who bombed a hotel with the UK in charge?

    Your evidence on “uprising” means nothing. Oh a donation of food? Goodness no, not that. Any evidence could be overcome but a food donation? LOL, what are you in sixth grade?

    The Ukrainian people put themselves in harms way and the people came to the protests from all over the country. There’s no need to refute any peripheral, minor efforts. The Ukrainian people earned this victory themselves. (You really aren’t good at this stuff. Have you considered something less intellectually rigorous like knitting?)

    You don’t “do research,” you’re a parrot and you call it research.

    I’d wrap your head in a smallpox blanket but it would probably do no good and you’d live with your ignorance ranting on to anyone stupid enough to think you have a clue about what’s going on anywhere, let alone Ukraine.

    Certainly have a lot more interest in Ukraine and its people than you. I was there during the Orange Revolution and one thing to easily conclude about you is, you’re

    1) clueless
    2) not very bright
    3) convinced of your beliefs and unable to reason on a single point without ranting on haphazard talking points
    4) ready to argue about a straw man of your own making in a moment’s notice
    5) probably are compensating for being overweight

    So I conclude, the people of Ukraine would prefer you go fight your ideology of globalism elsewhere. They are manning up again and everyone can take a shot at it but they are clearly doing so for their own sovereignty.

    People like you deny them that respect. Shameful and disgraceful.

    P.S. – Get some sleep and then read this again for seven days straight. They’ll be more events transpired on the ground and your lunacy will be more clear. By then, you’ll have run off to the next hot issue ranting the same bullshit all over again. One can conclude it’s what you do quite frequently.

    I’m outey. Thanks to the host for honoring speech and sorry it ended so obviously unproductive.

    • “1) clueless
      2) not very bright
      3) convinced of your beliefs and unable to reason on a single point without ranting on haphazard talking points
      4) ready to argue about a straw man of your own making in a moment’s notice
      5) probably are compensating for being overweight”
      ——————————-

      As I expected, the usual liberal nonsense, no arguments, no refutes.
      The usual jabs as I expected with ZERO refutes.
      Nobody wants ANY govt to live under tyranny, but the Ukrainan civilians have told America and EU “YANKEES GO HOME” -what does this mean?
      They have FOREIGN agents there that have engaged their people. Period.

      FACTS: George Soros has taken credit for this fiasco.

      Facts:
      John McCain was in Ukraine in Dec, then January, helping engage in this revolt

      Facts: Victoria Nuland was in Ukraine not once, not twice, but thrice, engaging protests by many who were foreigners, just as we saw in Syria, Libya and Egypt.

      FACTS: the same instructions on ‘how to revolt’ were found in Egypts Tahrir Sq and were both in Egyptian and Ukrainian.

      You offer no refute because you dont know whats happening. Its NOT 2004. Its 2014. You are also pushing neo con war propaganda, period.

  5. “You offer no refute.”

    You were refuted, except you don’t do English very well. Try Swahili.
    Your utterly dumb restatements on everything or everyone being a “liberal” or “neo con” is really fascinating in its utterly vapid, stupid condescending way.

    Who said I’m a liberal? I’m a libertarian. One thing I can say, stop already. We don’t want you on our side. People like you make us look like dumb vegetables.

    You don’t speak for any Ukrainians, speak for your conspiracy. You’re doing a bang up job.

    • Still NO refute to the facts and I’m not going to just let you push your own conspiracy.

      FACTS: George Soros has taken credit for this fiasco.

      Facts:
      John McCain was in Ukraine in Dec, then January, helping engage in this revolt

      Facts: Victoria Nuland was in Ukraine not once, not twice, but thrice, engaging protests by many who were foreigners, just as we saw in Syria, Libya and Egypt.

      FACTS: the same instructions on ‘how to revolt’ were found in Egypts Tahrir Sq and were both in Egyptian and Ukrainian.

      >>>You offer no refute because you dont know whats happening. Its NOT 2004. Its 2014.

      “We dont want you people on our side”

      I dont WANT to be on the side of war war war, YOU do.

  6. Thank you, MAD Jewess… while I don’t know if all your facts are true (or untrue), your approach above seemed to steer clear of ad hominems for the most part. Unfortunately, Walt’s comments are full of ad hominems. Reading his comments, one feels so ‘enlightened’.

    • Oh sure :)
      Well, you have a few points you can research. I TRY to stay away from the attacks when I know the facts.
      I am not always right, but I DO research things and try to strive being accurate.
      Thank you.

  7. Graham, I’m Ukrainian and I am so happy you’ve been kicked out of Ukraine. I hope your stinky foot will never step again on Ukrainian soil because such Putin cock-suckers as you are do not deserve to be anywhere near our country! Die mother fucker, that’s all I wish for you together with your monster-master Putin!

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