Ukrainian Unit to be Dessignated Terrorist Organisation

Office of US Secretary of State have received letter from US Congress signed by 40 Democratic members of Congress demanding extending official list of designated terrorist organizations to include Ukrainian Azov battalion.

https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/59nqmq/house-democrats-ju

https://112.international/politics/us-congress-demands-to-re

Azov battalion is one of the neonazi paramilitary militia units that appeared in the Ukraine following violent government coup supported by Obama administration in 2014, that saw coming to power of pro Western oligarchs and people connected to the IMF. Neonazi units like Azov were supporting new government established after the coup and suppressed protest movement and opposition that was refusing to recognize coup government as legitimate and considered coup illegal. This eventually led to murder of several people, including mass murder of about 80 protesters in Odessa in 2014 and eventually led to outbreak of the civil war in the East of Ukraine.

While these battalions were later formally incorporated in to Ukrainian National Guard, every one of them was connected to some Ukrainian oligarch that mentored them, provided money and whom these battalions supported in the internal power struggles of the various oligarchic groups in Ukraine. Azov battalion is connected to Arsen Avakov, Ukraines shadowy minister of internal affairs. Avakov became minister as an ally of pro-Western oligarch Poroshenko, who became president after coup. But in recent elections Avakov betrayed Poroshenko and switched his allegiance to oligarch Kolomoysky whose candidate Zelensky won elections. Thus Avakov was able to retain his position as minister even in the new cabinet.

Avakov (right) with leader of Azov (center):
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When confronted by foreign journalists Azov battalion officially distance itself from National Socialist ideology but it's symbols and rituals openly reference to nazi ideology and heritage. It's members carry nazi symbols on their uniforms and tattoos and post photos of themselves in nazi salutes.
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Group was accused of violations of human rights, including torture of prisoners, rape and murder, but US government, especially under Obama administration was reluctant to denounce paramilitary neonazi groups like Azov despite increasing demands to do so, because these groups were essential in keeping pro Western and pro-IMF people in power in Ukraine. These groups, Azov including even received US army and US national Guard training and weapons because while capable of terrorizing civilian population, they often turned out to be much less capable in actual military operations. This unfortunately resembles similar US government practices of training and arming Islamist groups in the Middle East.
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However this position of US government was becoming increasingly difficult and the last straw seems to be recent revelation that several people who perpetrated terrorist attacks or were caught preparing to perpetrate terrorists attacks in the USA and other Western countries themselves have received training in the Azov battalion. Some of them were even fighting in the Ukraine or were planing to join the battalion to receive training there.

https://thegrayzone.com/2019/09/23/bomb-extremist-us-soldier

In a twist of irony, Ukrainians declared in response that Democratic congressmen that signed the demand are Russian spies and their demand bears signs of a "Russian special services' possible operation".

https://www.unian.info/world/10725978-u-s-democrat-rep-max-r

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By: krak.en (6227.80)

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