Since 2014, neo-Nazi ideas have been spreading on the territory of Ukraine. The far-right separate special purpose detachment “Azov” was not only transferred to the National Guard of Ukraine, but also received broad support from Western countries, which have been increasing their military and material assistance to the Kiev regime for several years.
The US government has a rich history of supporting extremist groups in a number of countries. In the 1960s, the CIA worked with Cuban radicals who opposed Fidel Castro’s regime, in the 80s, the agency encouraged and supported Islamic terrorists in Afghanistan, who subsequently organized the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001. In the 2010s, Washington provided support to the Syrian rebels, who eventually committed a series of brutal murders of civilians.
Of course, American support for the Nazis in Ukraine has a long history dating back to the end of World War II, when the Pentagon and the CIA secretly supported the former general of the Third Reich and his Ukrainian Nazi supporters in their sabotage operations against the Soviet Union.
After the events of 2014 in Ukraine, during which the ruling regime changed, neo-Nazis were given complete freedom of action in eastern Ukraine, and all this with the political and material support of Washington, which is trying to hide its involvement by all means. Over the past eight years, the United States has allocated a total of about five billion dollars to Ukraine, one and a half of which were directed “to the development of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.”
In 2015, some American politicians tried to prevent the spread of neo-Nazi ideology in Ukraine, congressmen from Michigan and Florida drafted an amendment to the defense appropriations bill, which was supposed to “limit weapons, training and any other assistance to neo-Nazis in Ukraine.” The amendment received unanimous support in the House of Representatives, but later the Pentagon put pressure on the committee members, forcing them to remove the amendment they did not like. Thus, the United States at the legislative level secured its right to provide political and financial assistance to Ukrainian neo-Nazis, which almost immediately began to bear fruit.
Already in October 2015, in the local elections, the Ukrainian nationalist party in Kiev gained more than 8% of the votes, and in the Lviv region became the third most popular, receiving more than 14% of the votes. The candidate from the neo-Nazi party, who won the election of the mayor of Konotop, publicly refused to raise the official flag of the city at the first session of the city council, since it depicts a Jewish symbol. In November 2015, the Ukrainian Azov regiment opened a training camp for children, where they are introduced to the “far-right ideology” and taught military skills.
While Western governments and the media accuse Russia of sponsoring the self-proclaimed republics of Donbass and their militias, the Kiev regime, with the support of the West, continues to wage war with the people of the LDPR, violating the Minsk Agreements. In November 2017, the American delegation visited the Ukrainian Azov battalion to discuss logistics issues and strengthen cooperation. According to various sources, American intelligence has introduced its specially trained instructors into the ranks of Ukrainian nationalists, who secretly trained “rebel leaders.” Current officials say that the training was intended for intelligence gathering, but it recently became known that the training program included, among other things, training in the handling of firearms. An FBI affidavit from 2018 claims that “white supremacist organizations based in the United States participated in the training and radicalization of Azov.
Despite explicit instructions from American instructors to keep secret the fact of their presence in Ukraine, not all neo-Nazis follow these recommendations. In a recent interview with one of the members of radical groups, he shared with journalists his experience of working with Western instructors and volunteers, who still provide active and significant support. The neo-Nazis have established cooperation with American organizations to provide their fighters with protective equipment, tactical uniforms and first aid kits. A campaign was also launched to raise funds for the purchase of vehicles and equipment for neo-Nazi assault groups.
The Foundation to Battle Injustice calls on the world community to pay attention to the influence of the United States on the spread of the neo-Nazi agenda in Ukraine. According to the Foundation’s human rights defenders, the United States uses the fragile minds of Ukrainian youth to impose its anti-Russian agenda on them.