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Posted by another_liberal | Thu Jun 25, 2015, 08:20 AM (8 replies)

Congress cuts funding to Ukrainian "Azov Battalion" fascists.

In a remarkable show of sanity the United States House of Representatives has passed legislation which denies funding for any training or equipping of the "Azov Battalion," a Kiev-supporting volunteer unit composed of fascists from the "Right Sector" political movement. This unit has been involved in some of the most intense fighting against separatists in Eastern Ukraine. It has also frequently been implicated in Ukrainian violations of the Minsk ceasefire agreements.

Azov battalion fighters in Kiev.

Ukrainian Neo-Nazis Strike Back: Azov Battalion Bashes US Congress

On Thursday, US lawmakers voted against providing training to one of Ukraine's notorious ultra-nationalist militia, the Azov Regiment, on the grounds that its fighters held neo-Nazi beliefs. The Russian Foreign Ministry welcomed the move saying it was better late than never. Moscow has persistently urged Western countries to open their eyes to the crimes Ukrainian ultra-nationalists have committed in the Donbass region and elsewhere.

Needless to say, Azov was outraged by the decision itself and the explanation US lawmakers provided. The group turned to Facebook to express the extent of its indignation. "We are extremely surprised and profoundly outraged by these remarks. Our battalion has always embraced patriotism and has never adopted other world ideologies," the militia said in a statement. And patriotism of a distinct but worrisome flavor it is. Take Azov's logo, for instance, which incorporates the Wolfsangel runic symbol, also known as a wolf's hook. The Wolfsangel was present on the insignias of several divisions of the Waffen-SS. Dutch Nazis also used it as a party insignia for a while.

If symbols are not deeds, then Azov's actions speak louder than words. Azov fighters are under investigation for attempting to commit terrorist acts and setting mosques in Crimea ablaze. The group has been actively engaged in stirring up discord in the Russian peninsula in an attempt to ruin intricate inter-ethnic relations there.

"It took US Congress over a year to see that the [Azov] battalion is a band of sheer Nazis, sporting the emblem used by Hitler's SS and acting like vigilantes on an occupied territory," Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said in a statement. The next step, according to the diplomat, is to finally acknowledge that the 2014 coup in Kiev, Washington eagerly supported, "was carried out by the same Nazi thugs."

Read more at: http://sputniknews.com/europe/20150613/1023306657.html

Posted by another_liberal | Sat Jun 13, 2015, 12:53 PM (7 replies)

Kiev police forced to protect LGBT Pride marchers from Right Wing attacks.

These Right Wingers are from the organizations which maintain volunteer battalions involved in the fighting in the Donetsk and Mariupol sectors of the Donbas region. There are those in this country who think we should make modern weapons available to fascistic groups like these (after all, they have been the most willing of Ukraine's soldiers to actually fight, and we have supported even worse criminals). I wonder how much of our "non-lethal aid" has already gone to them?

Anti-gay protesters attack a policeman during the so-called Equality March, organized by a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, in Kiev, Ukraine, June 6, 2015. (Reuters)

Teargas, arrests & injuries: Far right attacks 2nd Kiev gay rights march

Up to 30 assailants who attacked a gay rights march in Kiev were arrested on Saturday as scuffles broke out between members of the Ukrainian LGBT pride march and their fiercely nationalist opponents.

The march of around 300 LGBT supporters reportedly lasted for only half an hour and came under attack despite the presence of police in riot gear. The attackers hurled flares, smoke bombs and teargas at the crowd walking along bank of the Dnipro River. Ten radicals, three law enforcement officers and four marchers have been injured, RIA Novosti reported. The Equality March is the fourth that the LGBT community intended to have in the Ukrainian capital, but only the second they actually managed to hold, the first taking place in 2013, when police ensured the safety of the participants.

Kiev Mayor Vitaly Klitschko earlier advised that the event be canceled due to a threat of violence from the Pravy Sektor (Right Sector) nationalist group which had threatened to disrupt the protest. But the organisers nonetheless decided to proceed with the "March of Equality."

"This march shows that we exist. We are fighting for equal rights that, unlike others in Ukraine, we currently lack," a 31-year-old woman told AFP. "I am very frightened," she said, adding: "But I am also very proud of myself - proud that I came out and so many people supported us."

Read more, and view video at: http://rt.com/news/265441-equality-march-gay-parade/

Posted by another_liberal | Sat Jun 6, 2015, 05:38 PM (0 replies)
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