Ukraine Merges Nazis and Islamists

Exclusive: Ukraine’s post-coup regime is now melding neo-Nazi storm troopers with Islamic militants called “brothers” of the hyper-violent Islamic State stirring up a hellish “death squad” brew to kill ethnic Russians in eastern Ukraine, on Russia’s border, reports Robert Parry.

By Robert Parry

In a curiously upbeat account, The New York Times reports that Islamic militants have joined with Ukraine’s far-right and neo-Nazi battalions to fight ethnic Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine. It appears that no combination of violent extremists is too wretched to celebrate as long as they’re killing Russ-kies.

The article by Andrew E. Kramer reports that there are now three Islamic battalions “deployed to the hottest zones,” such as around the port city of Mariupol. One of the battalions is headed by a former Chechen warlord who goes by the name “Muslim,” Kramer wrote, adding:

The insignia of the Azov battalion, using the neo-Nazi symbol of the Wolfsangel.

The insignia of the Azov battalion, using the neo-Nazi symbol of the Wolfsangel.

“The Chechen commands the Sheikh Mansur group, named for an 18th-century Chechen resistance figure. It is subordinate to the nationalist Right Sector, a Ukrainian militia. Right Sector formed during last year’s street protests in Kiev from a half-dozen fringe Ukrainian nationalist groups like White Hammer and the Trident of Stepan Bandera.

“Another, the Azov group, is openly neo-Nazi, using the ‘Wolf’s Hook’ symbol associated with the [Nazi] SS. Without addressing the issue of the Nazi symbol, the Chechen said he got along well with the nationalists because, like him, they loved their homeland and hated the Russians.”

As casually as Kramer acknowledges the key front-line role of neo-Nazis and white supremacists fighting for the U.S.-backed Kiev regime, his article does mark an aberration for the Times and the rest of the mainstream U.S. news media, which usually dismiss any mention of this Nazi taint as “Russian propaganda.”

During the February 2014 coup that ousted elected President Viktor Yanukovych, the late fascist Stepan Bandera was one of the Ukrainian icons celebrated by the Maidan protesters. During World War II, Bandera headed the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists-B, a radical paramilitary movement that sought to transform Ukraine into a racially pure state. At times coordinating with Adolf Hitler’s SS, OUN-B took part in the expulsion and extermination of tens of thousands of Jews and Poles.

Though most of the Maidan protesters in 2013-14 appeared motivated by anger over political corruption and by a desire to join the European Union, neo-Nazis made up a significant number and spearheaded much of the violence against the police. Storm troopers from the Right Sektor and Svoboda party seized government buildings and decked them out with Nazi insignias and a Confederate battle flag, the universal symbol of white supremacy.

Then, as the protests turned bloodier from Feb. 20-22, the neo-Nazis surged to the forefront. Their well-trained militias, organized in 100-man brigades called “sotins” or “the hundreds,” led the final assaults against police and forced Yanukovych and many of his officials to flee for their lives.

In the days after the coup, as the neo-Nazi militias effectively controlled the government, European and U.S. diplomats scrambled to help the shaken parliament put together the semblance of a respectable regime, although four ministries, including national security, were awarded to the right-wing extremists in recognition of their crucial role in ousting Yanukovych.

At that point, virtually the entire U.S. news media put on blinders about the neo-Nazi role, all the better to sell the coup to the American public as an inspirational story of reform-minded “freedom fighters” standing up to “Russian aggression.” The U.S. media delicately stepped around the neo-Nazi reality by keeping out relevant context, such as the background of national security chief Andriy Parubiy, who founded the Social-National Party of Ukraine in 1991, blending radical Ukrainian nationalism with neo-Nazi symbols. Parubiy was commandant of the Maidan’s “self-defense forces.”

Barbarians at the Gate

At times, the mainstream media’s black-out of the brown shirts was almost comical. Last February, almost a year after the coup, a New York Times article about the government’s defenders of Mariupol hailed the crucial  role played by the Azov battalion but managed to avoid noting its well-documented Nazi connections.

That article by Rick Lyman presented the situation in Mariupol as if the advance by ethnic Russian rebels amounted to the barbarians at the gate while the inhabitants were being bravely defended by the forces of civilization, the Azov battalion. In such an inspirational context, it presumably wasn’t considered appropriate to mention the Swastikas and SS markings.

Nazi symbols on helmets worn by members of Ukraine's Azov battalion. (As filmed by a Norwegian film crew and shown on German TV)

Nazi symbols on helmets worn by members of Ukraine’s Azov battalion. (As filmed by a Norwegian film crew and shown on German TV)

Now, the Kiev regime has added to those “forces of civilization” — resisting the Russ-kie barbarians — Islamic militants with ties to terrorism. Last September, Marcin Mamon, a reporter for the Intercept, reached a vanguard group of these Islamic fighters in Ukraine through the help of his “contact in Turkey with the Islamic State [who] had told me his ‘brothers’ were in Ukraine, and I could trust them.”

The new Times article avoids delving into the terrorist connections of these Islamist fighters. But Kramer does bluntly acknowledge the Nazi truth about the Azov fighters. He also notes that American military advisers in Ukraine “are specifically prohibited from giving instruction to members of the Azov group.”

While the U.S. advisers are under orders to keep their distance from the neo-Nazis, the Kiev regime is quite open about its approval of the central military role played by these extremists whether neo-Nazis, white supremacists or Islamic militants. These extremists are considered very aggressive and effective in killing ethnic Russians.

The regime has shown little concern about widespread reports of “death squad” operations targeting suspected pro-Russian sympathizers in government-controlled towns. But such human rights violations should come as no surprise given the Nazi heritage of these units and the connection of the Islamic militants to hyper-violent terrorist movements in the Middle East.

But the Times treats this lethal mixture of neo-Nazis and Islamic extremists as a good thing. After all, they are targeting opponents of the “white-hatted” Kiev regime, while the ethnic Russian rebels and the Russian government wear the “black hats.”

As an example of that tone, Kramer wrote: “Even for Ukrainians hardened by more than a year of war here against Russian-backed separatists, the appearance of Islamic combatants, mostly Chechens, in towns near the front lines comes as something of a surprise, and for many of the Ukrainians, a welcome one. Anticipating an attack in the coming months, the Ukrainians are happy for all the help they can get.”

So, the underlying message seems to be that it’s time for the American people and the European public to step up their financial and military support for a Ukrainian regime that has unleashed on ethnic Russians a combined force of Nazis, white supremacists and Islamic militants (considered “brothers” of the Islamic State).

[For more on the Azov battalion, see Consortiumnews.com’s “US House Admits Nazi Role in Ukraine.”]

Investigative reporter Robert Parry broke many of the Iran-Contra stories for The Associated Press and Newsweek in the 1980s. You can buy his latest book, America’s Stolen Narrative, either in print here or as an e-book (from Amazon and barnesandnoble.com). You also can order Robert Parry’s trilogy on the Bush Family and its connections to various right-wing operatives for only $34. The trilogy includes America’s Stolen Narrative. For details on this offer, click here.

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66 comments for “Ukraine Merges Nazis and Islamists

  1. Abe
    July 7, 2015 at 4:01 pm

    As far back as 2001 the Georgian and international media was reporting the presence of Chechens and terrorist training programmes in the Pankisi Gorge, and that they were being supported by Western intelligence agencies. This activity has long been a source of tension between Georgia and the Russian Federation, made worse by the fact no one has even pretended to deny what was going on.

    This cozy US-Chechen-Georgian relationship has turned Georgia into a transit point for all kinds of things: fighters, weapons, drugs and other contraband. The previous Georgian government instituted this policy, under instruction, in exchange for protection and rake-offs, and the present one has done precious little about it, and may be powerless to if it wants to complete its term.

    Some of the main beneficiaries of this relationship, including Mikheil Saakashvili, have now been appointed to key posts in Ukraine after undergoing fast-tracked citizenship procedures. Why is Ukraine importing these people in preference to Ukrainians? They have been brought in to do the same dirty work they did in Georgia, in exchange for protection from their international arrest warrants.

    Pankisi today, Odessa tomorrow. Saakashvili, the new Governor of Odessa, has already launched a wave of arrests of local officials. The first detained was the Military Commissioner, arrested, ironically, for taking bribes. Saakashvili himself wrote on his Facebook page, “The Military Commissioner of the Odessa district and his subordinates have been detained; they are accused of taking bribes from recruits.” He also published a video of himself listening to a report about the detentions. How much he might actually know about the matter, given how recent his appointment is, remains open to conjecture.

    It is clear that Saakashvili and his minions are still useful to the CIA, and are using the same methods as previously to further US “strategic objectives”. These methods constitute their legacy in Georgia, one which they have to defend to counter the multitude of charges against them. If Ukrainians thought Stepan Bandera’s followers were bad enough during World War Two, just wait till they see what the government which calls Bandera a hero inflicts on its citizens through Saakashvili.

    Saakashvili and the Chechens in Ukraine: I’ve Seen the Future, It Is Murder
    By Henry Kamens
    http://journal-neo.org/2015/06/27/saakashvili-and-the-chechens-in-ukraine-i-ve-seen-the-future-it-is-murder-2/

    • aeskylos
      July 9, 2015 at 5:54 am

      Remember Franco bringing in the Morrocans?

    • Carol Davidek-Waller
      July 10, 2015 at 3:34 am

      Unable to crush resistance in the independent provinces of Ukraine, Kiev (in reality the US) will content itself with creating chaos on Russia’s border using any and all means in an attempt to distract Russia from its stated goals of coalition building and economic growth.
      This poisonous cocktail of hate groups is likely to have some spectacular unintended consequences, especially in Europe.

  2. Joe Tedesky
    July 7, 2015 at 4:14 pm

    Insightful article, I must say. Now I am wondering how much my American tax dollars will contribute to this shameful association the U.S. has made with this Kiev racist government. I’ll bet the Islamic fighters already have their favorite U.S. made weapon. I wonder what it is. These Neocon’s just don’t know when enough is enough. Although, just like the 2008 financial crisis, the America public will be made to feel responsible if everything goes wrong. Yet, when was the last time anyone you voted for accomplished what you voted them in for?

    • Apeon
      July 12, 2015 at 1:10 am

      Joe, they have an apartment for you in Kiev

  3. July 7, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    In Operation Paperclip, the CIA worked with Nazis and Nazi groups after WW2 in order to get to the Russians. So this has a long history, as does the history of the US corporate media turning a blind eye.

  4. Abe
    July 7, 2015 at 6:14 pm

    While Syria and Iraq are being used as stepping stones by the US against Iran, these two fronts are also being used as stepping stones to infiltrate the Southern Federal District and the North Caucasian Federal District in the Russian Federation too. Like Syria and Iraq, Ukraine is also being used as a stepping stone for modern conquest and to besiege Russia.

    One of the goals of the foreign fighters helping the ultra-nationalists in Ukraine is to use Ukraine as a base to reignite a new front in the Caucasus.

    […]

    It should not come as a surprise that as recently as April 2015 the Kremlin has revealed that it caught the US trying to tear Russia apart by directly supporting terrorism against Russia and the separatist insurgency in the North Caucasus. “Our security services recorded direct contact between North Caucasus fighters and representatives of US intelligence in Azerbaijan,” Russian President Vladimir Putin reveals in the documentary “Crimea: The Road to the Motherland” that was released by the Rossiya-1 channel.

    Putin lets it be known that when he frankly told US President George W. Bush about the US support for the destabilization of his country that the Bush promised to halt it, but that Russia got an exceptionalist and utterly hypocritical letter from the US later that proclaimed that Washington could do was it pleases by sponsoring separatists and terrorists against Russia.

    These US actions are clearly part of a pattern and a continuum. In Kosovo Washington has done the same against the Serbs. In Sistan-Baluchistan it has acted in the same way against the Iranians. In Tibet and Xinjiang it has done the same against China. Now Ukraine is added to the fold.

    Through Washington’s drive to control Eurasia it has created an unholy alliance where Ukrainian ultra-nationalist like Oleksandr Muzychko are considered “brothers” by the affiliates of the ISIS/ISIL/IS/DAISH/DAESH in Ukraine and where Israel works with Jabhat Al-Nusra in against Syria. Make no mistake about it: the neo-Nazis, Washington, Wall Street, NATO, Al-Qaeda, Israel, and the Arab dictatorships, and the ISIS/ISIL/IS/DAISH/DAESH.

    ISIL is Using Ukraine as a Forward Base into Caucasia and as for Entry into Europe
    By Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya
    http://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2015/05/04/isil-is-using-ukraine-as-a-forward-base-into-caucasia-and-as-for-entry-into-europe.html

    • Apeon
      July 12, 2015 at 1:14 am

      Ideology has coagulated your synapses

      • Matthew Johnson
        July 14, 2015 at 1:48 am

        Which ideology exactly? And whose synapses?

  5. Jack
    July 7, 2015 at 6:32 pm

    Yes, neo-Nazis and Islamists doing the dirty work for the Jewish oligarchs who own and rule Ukraine.

    Politics makes for strange bedfellows!

    • Jay
      July 7, 2015 at 6:41 pm

      Drop the cliche antisemitism.

      • Markus
        July 8, 2015 at 5:51 am

        I’d like to call them zionazis, as Ukraine is now run by a zionist oligarchy. Don’t forget that Israel is more or less openly allied to terrorists (whatever western media calls them) in Syria, too. So using same kind of extremiss in Ukraine is no big step.

        Everything is connected, behind the scenes.

      • dahoit
        July 8, 2015 at 12:30 pm

        The truth is antisemetic,lets lie.

      • allah_speaking
        July 9, 2015 at 12:50 pm

        Truth hurts, doesn’t it?

    • July 7, 2015 at 6:49 pm

      http://www.haaretz.com/news/world/1.577114 It’s not a cliche when the evidence shows zionist involvement, militarily, in supporting the neo-nazi putsch.

      Stop with slinging the “anti-semite” cliche!

      • Jay
        July 7, 2015 at 8:00 pm

        CZS,

        Even if the link were true, it’s antisemitic when posted here. And it’s cliche, also ignores plenty of Israeli ties to Russia.

        You seem to have confused the 2003 invasion of Iraq with something only very tangentially related to Israel.

        • Mark
          July 7, 2015 at 10:42 pm

          Everytime this comes up, the rationale excapes me.

          Why, if the linked article is true, would it be “anti-Semitic when posted here” as you have claimed?

          There must be either some social conditioning or indoctrination that has lead you to make the claim, or you’re over sensitive, or are sentimentally biased — maybe all of the above?

          • Jay
            July 7, 2015 at 11:09 pm

            Because Mark:

            There’s no significant evidence “zionists” are behind the Neo Nazis in Ukraine and the coup.

            That there are neo conservatives from the USA who back this coup and also back Israel in almost any matter is different story.

          • Mark
            July 8, 2015 at 1:36 am

            Jay, I’ve posted my response below as it got a bit lengthy…

          • Markus
            July 8, 2015 at 5:54 am

            It’s a standard method of argumentation. Even when the perpetrators are warlords like Ihor Kolomoisky they have to be defended.

            “Anti-semitic, its a trick we always use it”
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D0kWAqZxJVE

          • Apeon
            July 12, 2015 at 1:23 am

            Mark—the Article referenced has absolutely nothing to do with what CZS is implying—that is what is Anti-semitic about it—–he is distorting it to make false accusations about Jews in general—read the article

        • dahoit
          July 8, 2015 at 12:33 pm

          The Zionists had nothing to do with the invasion of Iraq?They don’t support the Ukrainian Nazis and criminals against Russia,and Russian ethnics?
          You need some soul searching.

        • Eileen K.
          July 9, 2015 at 5:02 pm

          Here’s the point, Jay; there are two major ethnic divisions of Jews – Sephardic (those whose ancestors inhabited the Middle East) and Ashkenazi (those whose ancestors inhabited a region known as Khazaria, which had incorporated Ukraine, Southern Russia and Georgia). The descendants of Khazars greatly outnumber those of Middle Easterners, making up over 90% vs. under 10%.
          Now, which of these wield global power? The Ashkenazim, of course; and, these are not Semites; they’re Europeans.
          Now, the reason these Ashkenazim hate Russia so bitterly is that 1.) Their empire of Khazaria was destroyed by the Kievan Rus (led by St. Vladimir the Great) and their ancestors driven westward into Central and Eastern Europe; and, 2.) Russia, under President Vladimir Putin, was restored to Orthodox Christianity after the jailing/exiling of the Khazar Jewish Oligarchs.

        • July 10, 2015 at 11:37 am

          Jay, you’re very wrong. Have you been to Israel yourself? To Ukraine? I used to live in Kiev until 2014 and I’ve been to both Jerusalem and “Class A” territories in 2008.

          Long story short, the Ukraine’s problem is *exactly* jewish oligarchs and US looking for another victim to gnawl.

          No amount of denial will change the truth.

      • Jason
        July 8, 2015 at 9:45 pm

        Assistant Secretary of State, Victoria Nuland, is Jewish, as is her husband Robert Kagan. Nuland’s original family name is Nudelman. There are credible claims that Nuland and Kagan are both Zionists. Robert Kagan, of the neocon Brookings Institution and PNAC, has been described as a warmonger extraordinaire. At least two other lesser-known members of the Kagan family, Frederick W. and Kimberly, are also neocon right-wingers.

        • Apeon
          July 12, 2015 at 1:26 am

          three fourths of your expressed thought is Name Calling/Labelling

    • Abe
      July 7, 2015 at 8:00 pm

      Hasbara (Hebrew: הַסְבָּרָה‎ hasbará, “explaining”) propagandist trolls strive to discredit articles, videos, and websites critical of Israel and Zionism.

      Hasbara tactics of deception include:

      1) accusing anyone who offers legitimate criticism of Israel or Zionism of being “anti-semitic”

      2) deliberately posting incendiary comments with links to “anti-semitic” and “Holocaust denial” material

      3) posting extreme “anti-Zionist” and “anti-Israel” comments

      4) posting comments and links to articles that contain egregious factual errors and obviously spurious logic

      These smear tactics have intensified due to ever-increasing Israeli military aggression and outright racism, as well as Israel’s collusion with the United States in regime change projects from the Middle East to Eastern Europe.

      Consortium News articles about the US/NATO sponsored Neo-Nazi coup d’etat in Ukraine and its aftermath have been frequent targets for Hasbara trolls.

      Readers of Consortium News are alert to these deceptive tactics.

      • Jay
        July 7, 2015 at 8:05 pm

        Abe I see you had directed your comment elsewhere.

      • July 10, 2015 at 11:39 am

        What’s funny is that the *worst* anti-semitism I’ve seen so far lurks in Israel: lo and behold, Arabs are Semites too.

    • SFOMARCO
      July 8, 2015 at 4:13 pm

      I suspect the Jews of Ukraine are worried that the importation of Chechen Jihadists will one day spiral out of control.

    • ltr
      July 8, 2015 at 7:46 pm

      Crazed anti-Semitism intended to destroy a blog.

      • ltr
        July 8, 2015 at 7:56 pm

        Correcting:

        Crazed anti-Semitism [is] intended to destroy a blog. Anti-Semitic comments reflect both an illness and an intent to destroy what is precious which is such a blog.

        • July 10, 2015 at 11:43 am

          Do you like Arabs? And Russians? Is mentioning King David’s bombing an “anti-semitic comment”? Have you been to Israel yourself? (a visit might tell *you* personally a lot like it did to me)

  6. James Lake
    July 7, 2015 at 6:35 pm

    As long as they kill Russians America will align with the worst groups to achieve this objective. It’s quite frankly sickening. It is presented in such a casual manner in the New York Times who act as the White House spokes paper. I despair!
    Are Americans so brainwashed that they accept this as okay, because Russophobia is so embedded in their culture? I would really like to know.

  7. Jay
    July 7, 2015 at 6:39 pm

    The occult writer Peter Levenda makes the connection between Nazis and extremist Islam in the 2014 “Hitler Legacy”. And he’s not just talking about the 1930s and 40s.

    I saw the Times article; I was surprised the Times reporter was so honest, after the lies he’s told over the last year, about the Nazi faction fighting in Ukraine.

    After all the Times columnist Kristof, with a Ukrainian father, went to western Ukraine in 2014 and said “I don’t see any neo Nazis”. And Kristof is supposed to be a liberal.

    The made up IslamoFascist term, and fusion, used as an excuse by the right in the USA to invade Iraq has come to pass, and the US is on the IslamoFascist side.

    Didn’t the Times’ Tom Friedman recently say the US should side with Al Qaeda in Syria, and then so jerk on the website of the New York Review of Books wrote something similar, well, look what has come to pass.

  8. July 7, 2015 at 6:58 pm

    By a margin of 383 to 2, many Jewish members of the US Congress voted to support the neo-nazis. More strange bedfellows in the Kiev putsch:

    http://archive.larouchepac.com/node/29781

    How did Consortium miss this strange alliance in their articles?

    • Abe
      July 7, 2015 at 7:48 pm

      An Israeli on the Maidan hardly qualifies as “zionist military involvement”.

      And your article from the Larouche site equally misses the mark: the December 16, 2013 House Resolution on Ukraine was two months prior to the actual February 2014 coup d’etat in Kiev.

      Consortium News did not miss the US Congressional support for the Kiev putsch.

      However, it is fascinating how articles about Neo-Nazis in Ukraine do tend to attract both the conspicuously “anti-semitic” and the conspicuously “Criminal Zionist Slooth” forms of hyperbole. Same source, perhaps.

      • July 10, 2015 at 11:47 am

        There were way more than an “an”, and your speculation isn’t going to change the ethnic origin of kolomoisky, waltzman/poroshenko, kapitelman/timoshenko and the rest of that crowd.

        If you’re a jew then go educate yourself how the predecessors of this crap have supported German Nazism against Russia and bought out the “pure blood” from death camps; you’re not doing your people any favour by trying to cover up the most hideous crimes its part does.

        If not, then please please do yourself a favour and learn before you go on carrying BS to the unsuspecting ones.

        I know enough both decent jews and plain jehudons to tell.

    • Jay
      July 7, 2015 at 8:10 pm

      CZS:

      Actually not true about the US congress, the House voted against aiding Nazis in Ukraine.

      Also best to not simply cite Larouche.

    • Abe
      July 7, 2015 at 8:55 pm

      Since February 2014, Congress has provided substantial support for the post coup d’etat regime in Kiev.

      In May 2014 the United States provided a $1-billion loan guarantee to Ukraine.

      The United States and the European Union have imposed sanctions against
      Russian individuals and key firms for “destabilizing” Ukraine.

      Congressional action has focused on providing assistance to the new Ukrainian government and supporting sanctions against Russia.

      H.R. 4152 authorized aid to help Ukraine carry out “reforms”; authorized “security
      assistance” to Ukraine and other Central and Eastern European countries; and required the President to impose visa bans and asset seizures against persons in Ukraine and Russia alleged to be “undermining the peace, security, stability, sovereignty, or territorial integrity” of Ukraine.

      On April 3, 2014, President Obama signed H.R. 4152 into law, as well as S. 2183, a related bill requiring Radio Free Europe-Radio Liberty and Voice of America to increase broadcasting in eastern Ukraine, Crimea, and Moldova. The FY2015 omnibus appropriations bill (P.L. 113-235) appropriated aid for Ukraine.

      On December 18, 2014, President Obama signed H.R. 5859, the Ukraine Freedom Support Act. The measure permits the President to impose sanctions on Russian defense, energy, and other firms and foreign persons; authorizes increased military and economic assistance for Ukraine; authorizes funding for U.S. Russian-language broadcasting in the region; authorizes support for Russian civil society and democracy organizations; and requires a report on alleged Russian noncompliance with the Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty.

      Members of Congress have been urging the President to provide weaponry to Ukraine.

      • Jay
        July 7, 2015 at 11:11 pm

        True, but the House also ruled out support for Nazis in Ukraine.

        • Abe
          July 8, 2015 at 12:15 am

          Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) and Congressman Ted Yoho (R-Fla.) offered bipartisan amendments to block the training of the Ukrainian neo-Nazi paramilitary militia “Azov Battalion,” and to prevent the transfer of shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles—otherwise known as Man-Portable Air-Defense Systems (MANPADS)—to Iraq or Ukraine.

          http://conyers.house.gov/index.cfm/2015/6/u-s-house-passes-3-amendments-by-rep-conyers-to-defense-spending-bill-to-protect-civilians-from-dangers-of-arming-and-training-foreign-forces

          Yes, the Azov Battalion was singled out. However, there are other Ukrainian National Guard units such as Aidar and Tornado who have committed atrocities, have openly white supremacist members, and who fly the neo-Nazi Wolfsangel (Wolf’s Hook) banner. These units are still receiving aid. Azov simply got the international media exposure.

        • Abe
          July 8, 2015 at 12:33 am

          Kiev is outsourcing its atrocities to the Chechens and their ISIS/ISIL/IS/DAISH/DAESH brethren.

          Ukraine must at least to appear to have clean hands in order to receive the full $17.5 billion four-year financing package from the IMF.

          Unfortunately, Congress participated in Ukraine’s public relations campaign by focusing on the designated “bad apple” Azov Battalion’s misdeeds.

          Operationally, Ukraine is employing to the same “regime change” terror strategy that US/NATO unleashed in Syria, Iraq and Libya.

  9. Abe
    July 7, 2015 at 7:14 pm

    During the Second World Qar, the Eastern Legions (Ostlegionen) or Eastern Troops (Osttruppen) were conscripts and volunteers from the occupied Soviet eastern territories recruited into the military of Hitler’s Third Reich.

    The sweeping initial victories of Operation Barbarossa, Hitler’s Invasion of the Soviet Union in June 1941, produced hundreds of thousands of non-Russian soldier prisoners in the POW cages of the German Army. Tens of thousands of them were Muslims.

    In December 1941 a top secret memorandum ordered that the OKW was to create two Muslim units:

    — the Turkestanische Legion, consisting of Muslim volunteers from Central Asia; such as Turkomans, Uzbeks, Kazakhs, Kyrgyzs, Karakalpaks, and Tajiks, and

    — the Kaukasisch-Mohammedanische Legion from Caucasian Muslims volunteers; such as Azeris, Dagestanis, Chechens, Ingushes, and Lezgins.

    The German courting of the Soviet Muslims was part of Hitler’s schemes for bringing Turkey onto his side and to advance control of the oil fields in the Middle East and Baku.

    The most numerous of the Soviet Muslims that served the Germans were the Turkestanis.

    Ost troops frequently provided valuable anti-partisan duties, freeing up regular German forces for front line service.

    The effectiveness of the Ost units varied, with some fighting with considerable courage while others simply surrendered once attacked by enemy forces. In general, Ost troops were stationed away from critical areas and used for rear-guard duties whenever possible.

  10. Abe
    July 7, 2015 at 7:19 pm

    The Deputy Speaker of Ukraine’s parliament, Andriy Parubiy, who had been the co-founder of the Nazi-inspired Social Nationalist Party of Ukraine, met in Washington on Wednesday, February 25th, with members of the U.S. House and Senate who support his request that the U.S. Government donate weapons to his virtually bankrupt Government. Parubiy also visited with the Pentagon. Weapons are needed by his Government because his Government is engaged in a civil war against the residents in the area of Ukraine that had voted 90% for the former Ukrainian President, Viktor Yanukovych, whom Parubiy himself (when he was called “the Mayor of Maidan”) led to overthrow in a violent February 2014 coup.

    Top Ukrainian Nazi Visits U.S. Congress, Pentagon, Seeks Weapons for Ukraine
    By Eric Zuesse
    http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2015/02/top-ukrainian-nazi-visits-u-s-congress-pentagon-seeks-weapons-ukraine.html

  11. John
    July 7, 2015 at 7:53 pm

    It’s become downright rational to conclude that the sanctions against Russia come not because of Russian wrongdoing, but because Russia hasn’t done something wrong that they were supposed to. What better way to manufacture guilt and drum up public disapproval.

  12. July 8, 2015 at 12:00 am

    Mr. Parry,

    Having raised some scruples about your dispatch on Southern victimization (as well as a recent Consortiumnews.com article on the original US Constitution), it was incumbent upon me to thank you for your superior journalism, a journalism of integrity as reflected in this last report on developments in Ukraine. An avid reader of yours since last year’s downing of MH-17, I look forward to your posts and have often recommended them to family, friends, and students. Wish I had time to consider carefully all the dispatches on this website (even when I find myself not in accord entirely). This morning I read Ray McGovern on the 1967 USS Liberty incident and was reminded of why I love the work you and your colleagues do. Your recent admission that the only “ism” that you really believed in was “journalism” won my respect as well.

  13. Greg Maybury
    July 8, 2015 at 12:29 am

    For some time now I have read with considerable interest – both above and elsewhere in the ‘blogos’ – about the Kiev regime’s use of extreme neo-Nazi forces in facilitating its rise in the first instance, and enforcing its brutal, hyper-violent, illegitimate rule since the US instigated coup.

    Given the neoconservatives well-documented grip on US foreign policy in general and their role in engineering said coup in particular – especially that of the Nuland/Kagan/PNAC factions and their fellow travellers in the US Congress, who as I understand it number amongst them some of the most prominent, so-called “American friends of Israel” – I’m at a complete loss as to how to explain the glaring disconnect herein.

    Does this not represent another glaring WTF ‘mo’ in the enactment of US foreign policy, or am I just missing something obvious here? How are all these “American friends of Israel” either inside or outside of the Capitol able to reconcile their support – even tacit – of a regime utilising such forces under any circumstances?

    An equally pertinent question here is this.

    How does the all powerful AIPAC and numerous other Jewish lobby groups and Israel affiliated organisations – to say nothing of Israel’s own official stance on the Ukraine situation itself – feel about all their “American friends” precipitating and engaging in regime change missions that involve the use of neo-Nazi forces? Is this just some fuzzy ‘post-modern’ realpolitik at work here, and I’m simply too naive to understand what the hell is going on?

    I’m prepped to be enlightened.

    • Aman
      July 8, 2015 at 1:42 am

      Try Mark’s post a couple below your’s.

    • Apeon
      July 12, 2015 at 1:43 am

      The world/life is complicated, brutal, and will never co-incide with with logic, or morality——it is called ‘Sin’ in the Bible—-it has many names in the world.

  14. Loren Bliss
    July 8, 2015 at 1:18 am

    Glad to see someone else (Abe, above) remembers the Nazi Germans actively recruited Muslim troops into the Wehrmacht during World War II. Seems to me there was also a Muslim SS division, but I don’t have time to research it tonight. The point though is the Nazi-Muslim alliance in Ukraine is in fact the re-emergence of an alliance that originally grew out of Hitler’s effort to exterminate the so-called “untermenschen” — Jews, Roma and most especially all Slavic peoples.

    • Abe
      July 8, 2015 at 2:43 am

      The 13th Waffen Mountain Division of the SS Handschar (1st Croatian), a mountain infantry division of the Waffen-SS, fought a counter-insurgency campaign against communist-led Yugoslav Partisan resistance forces in the Independent State of Croatia, a fascist puppet state of Nazi Germany that encompassed almost all of modern-day Croatia, all of modern-day Bosnia and Herzegovina as well as parts of Serbia.

      The SS Division was given the title Handschar after a local fighting knife or sword carried by Turkish policemen during the centuries that the region was part of the Ottoman Empire. It was the first non-Germanic Waffen-SS division, and its formation marked the expansion of the Waffen-SS into a multi-ethnic military force.

      Composed of Bosnian Muslims (ethnic Bosniaks) with some Catholic Croat soldiers and mostly German and Yugoslav Volksdeutsche (ethnic German) officers and non-commissioned officers, it took an oath of allegiance to both Adolf Hitler and the Croatian leader Ante Pavelić.

      The romantic notions that Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler had about the Bosnian Muslims were probably significant in the division’s genesis. Himmler was personally fascinated by the Islamic faith and believed that Islam created fearless soldiers. He found their ferocity preferable to the gentility of Christians and believed their martial qualities should be further developed and put to use.

      Himmler thought that Muslim men would make perfect SS soldiers as Islam “promises them Heaven if they fight and are killed in action.” As for their ethnic background and SS requirements, it appears that Himmler accepted the theories advanced by both Croatian and German nationalists that the Croatian people, including the Muslims, were not ethnic Slavs but pure Aryans of either Gothic or Iranian descent.

      In April 1943, the Mufti of Jerusalem, Mohammad Amin al-Husayni, was invited by SS-Obergruppenführer und General der Waffen-SS] Gottlob Berger to assist in organising and recruiting Muslims into the Waffen-SS and other units.

      Despite the support of al-Husayni, recruitment of Muslims for the division fell well short of the numbers needed. Himmler then allowed a 10 percent Christian component, but the recruitment of sufficient Muslims continued to prove difficult, resulting in the induction of 2,800 Catholic Croats into the division. To Himmler’s dismay, this was greater than the ratio of Catholics to Muslims that he had wanted.

      For a long period after its official formation, the division was unnamed and was referred to as the “Kroatische SS-Freiwilligen-Division” (Croatian SS-Volunteer Division) or the “Muselmanen-Division” (Muslim Division).

      The division fought briefly in the Syrmia region north of the Sava river prior to crossing into northeastern Bosnia. After crossing the Sava, it established a designated “security zone” in northeastern Bosnia between the Sava, Bosna, Drina and Spreča rivers. It also fought outside the security zone on several occasions, and earned a reputation for brutality and savagery, not only during combat operations, but also through atrocities committed against Serb and Jewish civilians.

      In late 1944, parts of the division were transferred briefly to the Zagreb area, after which the non-German members began to desert in large numbers. Over the winter of 1944–45, it was sent to the Baranja region where it fought against the Red Army and Bulgarians throughout southern Hungary, falling back via a series of defensive lines until they were inside the Reich frontier. Most of the remaining Bosnian Muslims left at this point and attempted to return to Bosnia. The rest retreated further west, hoping to surrender to the western Allies. Most of the remaining members became prisoners of the British Army. Subsequently, 38 officers were extradited to Yugoslavian authorities to face criminal charges, and 10 were executed.

      • Loren Bliss
        July 8, 2015 at 4:31 pm

        Thank you, Abe, for this detailed history. (In fact every reader here should thank you.)

  15. Mark
    July 8, 2015 at 1:31 am

    There is some question as to how much of 2014 Ukrainian coup and results/consequences to date are connected to Israel.

    US politicians (along with others) and Israel are partners in crime and share much of the same goals with each other — if their goals are not exactly the same, their seperate goals still seem to compliment each others goals. Along with their supporters in the “news” (propaganda) industry and the MIC along with others, all are complicit in specific war crimes on some level.

    A silly question: If Israel was against what the US has done and is doing in the Ukraine, why not just have the pro-Israel predominately owned and run US mass-media “news” networks, truthfully tell the American public what has taken place over the past decade in the Ukraine? That should raise the outcry and level of scrutiny to an unbearable level for DC politicians — if the truth were told.

    But the truth isn’t being told because neocon goals and Zionism’s goals are parallel — success of the US military adventurism by proxy or otherwise, equates to some degree of support and success for Israel in the end — and neither Israel nor her supporters want to mess that up.

    Imagine if we lived in a world where international law and human rights were enforced and upheld — where would Israel and the US be now?

    How many of those neocons or Zionists within the media or MIC or on Wall Street, along with politicians fearful of AIPAC, and the politically connected in DC will stand to profit from US “success” in the Ukraine?

    How much of that success and those profits will ultimately support Israel in some financial or political way is hard to say, but it does equate to support for Israel — as the success of the US and Israel/Israel’s supporters, are all inextricably tied politically and militarily.

    The US success does not necessarily depend on Israel, but US politicians success is tied to supporting Israel, and Israel’s success certainly has been dependent on that support and the success of the US, and it still is.

    The neocons and Zionists have the same world view and share the same double standards when it comes to committing and defining each others war crimes and acts of terrorism as compared to select others (the enemy de jour) — in this way they are the most brazen partners in crime on the world’s stage, playing good cop/bad cop while manipulating public sentiment with their collective actions — ultimately being psychopathic in nature — psychopathic by definition with no concern or empathy for their murdered and annihilated victims…

    To think Zionism/Israel does not support the US actions in the Ukraine, and will not benefit from US “success” there, is naive in my opinion.

    • July 10, 2015 at 11:52 am

      Exactly. Add to this the words I’ve heard from a (broken) jew in Kiev several years ago: “but Russia is the satan’s last refuge!” — there are enough of those living by lie and deception, alas.

  16. abbybwood
    July 8, 2015 at 3:12 am

    It didn’t take long….the folks in Odessa have already had it with Saakashvili:

    http://sputniknews.com/europe/20150706/1024282201.html

  17. Bruce
    July 8, 2015 at 10:41 am

    Jest walked over from the CIA station.

  18. Aaron Tovish
    July 8, 2015 at 11:15 am

    Parry does not mention the article’s casual reference to killing Russian taken prisoners in the fighting. There are international conventions on how war prisoners should be treated, by the article reports, without further comment, that drafted soldiers are spare, while officers and military contractors are summarily executed.
    The article says that the Ukrainian Government does not pay these soldiers. It never asked who the hell does! Or if they live only by pillaging. And this is called reporting??
    There a lot of good analysis in Parry’s piece, but he could have dug even deeper in my opinion.

  19. Jim
    July 8, 2015 at 6:39 pm

    There used to be a satellite news channel called JN1 (Jewish News 1). Following the coup in Ukraine that channel became Ukraine News 1 running pre-recorded pro-Kiev news reports, don’t recall seeing any live programming or anchors.

    I had often wondered why a Jewish channel would overnight become a Ukraine News channel, finally did a search and found out why (supposedly):
    http://variety.com/2014/tv/global/cable-net-jewish-news-one-shutters-to-become-ukraine-news-1-1201164174/

    I would occasionally watch it from a satellite over the US at 97 degrees W. This channel is no longer there. I laughed when discovering it was on the same satellite transponder as Iran’s PressTV. RT is also on that satellite along with dozens of channels from many countries outside the US – BTW many are subscription free, just need a small dish and receiver.

  20. germancvs
    July 8, 2015 at 8:34 pm

    Never forget that World War II began when Britain and France jointly declared war on Germany in September, 1939. But just who were these nations – were they great champions of universal civil rights, or were they the two most murderous empires in human history?. Did they bring freedom to Africa, to Asia, to India, to Oceania, to the
    Americas or did they bring death, exploitation and enslavement? Their empires covered more than a third of the earth’s surface and contained some eight hundred million subject
    peoples.

    And what was this monstrous foe Germany that they so bravely stood down? A nearly landlocked eastern European nation with a population of eighty million souls, dependent on foreign imports for most of its food and raw materials, one whose quite moderate proposals for peace and international cooperation had been snubbed time and time again by a Britain interested in nothing less than Germany’s economic extinction, as Churchill famously remarked to Parliament in 1938.

    It behooves us to remember Marx’s dictum that in the modern world, nation-states function as agents of international capital. Consider that “National” and “Socialist” are the first two words in the NSDAP name, and there you have the reason why western imperialism and totalitarian communism found common cause in the merciless annihilation of the German revolution and the relentless propagandizing of that government as the greatest evil of human history. This is quite like remembering George Washington as an evil monster who owned slave and killed Indians and thus merits no study of what he actully wrote, and did,

    Hitler stated the inconvenient truth that the absence of sufficient state controls is the fatal flaw inherent in liberal democracy, which enables the wealthy class to manipulate the economy, the press and elected representatives for its own gain. He stated bluntly, “we are enemies of today’s capitalistic economic system for the exploitation of the economically weak, with its unfair salaries, with its unseemly evaluation of a human being according to wealth and property instead of responsibility and performance, and we are all determined to destroy this system under all conditions.”

    You can’t help but wonder if the corporate sociopaths who are today plundering the earth and its peoples in capitalism’s death spasms would exist, had a strong socialist Germany survived to shatter their global ambitions, as she did the depraved empires of
    France and Britain, and very nearly the terrorist state of Joseph Stalin.

    • Abe
      July 8, 2015 at 8:58 pm

      Your quote is from Gregor Strasser in 1926:

      “We are Socialists, enemies, mortal enemies of the present capitalist economic system with its exploitation of the economically weak, with its injustice in wages, with its immoral evaluation of individuals according to wealth and money instead of responsibility and achievement, and we are determined under all circumstances to abolish this system! And with my inclination to practical action it seems obvious to me that we have to put a better, more just, more moral system in its place, one which, as it were, has arms and legs and better arms and legs than the present one!”

      Streasser joined the Nazi Party (NSDAP) in 1920 and quickly became an influential and important figure. He took part in the abortive putsch in Munich in 1923 and was imprisoned, but released early on for political reasons. He joined a revived NSDAP in 1925 and once again established himself as a powerful and dominant member, hugely increasing the party’s membership and reputation in northern Germany.

      During the Nazi Party purge, also known as the Night of the Long Knives, Strasser was imprisoned for his “socialism” and then assassinated on Hitler’s personal order by the Berlin Gestapo on June 30, 1934.

      So much for your mythologizing about a “strong socialist Germany” from 1933-1945..

      No reason to make a hero of Hitler unless you are Joseph Goebbels, the Nazi Reich Minister of Propaganda.

      Having said that, the British and French certainly were and still are despicable in their global ambitions.

      • Apeon
        July 12, 2015 at 1:51 am

        Thank you!

  21. Abe
    July 9, 2015 at 3:42 am

    the Chechens in both Ukraine and the new “province” of ISIL got there as a result of a cozy plot between American intelligence and the previous Georgian government. Many of those in Ukraine cut their teeth in that other US-backed terrorist intervention, Syria, and operatives still move freely between the two countries, on fake Georgian and Saudi passports.

    The pledge of allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is nothing more than an application for further US and Saudi funding, the best income the vast majority of these terrorists have ever had. Not even Saudi Arabia, let alone the US, shares the ideology of ISIL and both countries represent the external and intra-confessional enemies ISIL claims to be fighting against. But they have consistently backed this murderous force to achieve goals of their own they do not dare express publicly themselves. Those goals are wide-ranging, but have nothing to do with the Islam ISIL claims to be fighting for.

    False force and false target

    The establishment of an ISIL province on either side of its southern border is an obvious threat to Russia. It is also however a threat to the rest of Europe, which the US still insists it is on friendly terms with.

    We have seen how protests against the Ukrainian government were presented in the West as protests against not signing an Association Agreement with the EU, even though the non-violent Ukrainian protestors on the ground insisted they were no such thing. The subsequent removal of President Yanukovych might therefore be seen as the EU getting its own back. That is, until you see what else is happening in the region, and why.

    We have just seen Victoria Nuland, the US State Department “enforcer” famous for saying “Fuck the EU”, trying to hijack what appear to be spontaneous protests in Armenia in the same way she did in Ukraine. That trick hasn’t worked so far, because Armenians already have a permanent grievance with the rest of the world, more so than with any Armenian government which could exist. But the seed has been planted for local groups to link a local Armenian issue to a broader cause, joining new-found “brethren” elsewhere when another local dispute can be presented as sufficiently similar.

    This is the same tactic the US has used with the Islamic militants. It has inserted its own groups, funded and armed by the US, to take over various pre-existing groups who have different agendas. One of ISIL’s competitors is the Caucasus Emirate, an umbrella group of smaller organisations in Chechnya, Daghestan and Ingushetia who have a slightly different ideological viewpoint to ISIL. The establishment of the new ISIL province in Caucasus Emirate territory is an attempt to sideline this group, which wants break away from Russia on its terms, and thereby forcibly unite Islamic militancy on US terms, to fulfil US ambitions.

    The EU has won nothing in Ukraine, as Poroshenko’s chocolate soldiers have nothing to offer it. They are too busy fighting the war to have any resources left over, and their territory can hardly be used for transport of goods or energy under present circumstances. The US has gained a new forward operating base however. It has openly inserted wanted criminals from Georgia who turned the country into the regional hub of CIA dirty tricks and is establishing new military bases, to fill the gaps in a crescent of such bases whose weapons are all pointed at Russia.

    If any of the various US projects, in Syria, Iraq, Ukraine or the Caucasus, do not work they can simply focus on another. The EU’s structure is such that it cannot cope with more than one conflict at a time, as various EU bodies and national governments all have to agree what is necessary within the same short timeframe, and it never happens. The establishment of the new ISIL province makes the EU redundant, and therefore vulnerable, not a condition you want an ally to be in. It will do what Victoria Nuland said she wanted to do to the EU, paper alliance or not.

    Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi Extends Someone Else’s Empire to the Caucasus
    By Henry Kamens
    http://journal-neo.org/2015/07/09/abu-bakr-al-baghdadi-extends-someone-else-s-empire-to-the-caucasus/

  22. Irina Solnceva
    July 10, 2015 at 5:27 pm

    Сам то автор понимает о чем пишет? Приводит неправдивую информацию, да еще и брешет как “сивый мерин”

  23. russ
    July 11, 2015 at 5:41 am

    Agry with Michael Shigorin. No Nazis in Ukraine. I am here write now, and really would like to invite Robert Parry and all others here. Please contact me by email and will be happy to aasist you in showing to true face of Ukraine. Please do not spread the lie around the world. It kills!

    Thank you.

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