From Mint Press News.
John McCain posing with neo-Nazi leader in Ukraine during the US-backed Maidan coup that kicked off the transformation of Ukraine to the out-of-control mess that it is today.
Below is our translation from RIA Novosti with commentary and notes in [brackets] by Vince Dhimos.
This article will seem somewhat abstruse even to those interested in the subject. When Russian commentators write about Ukraine, they typically throw in some Ukrainian words, often slang, which often is pejorative anti-Russian. The word vata, for example, refers to cotton or wadding in Russian, but the Ukrainian nationalists have been using it to refer pejoratively to pro-Putin Russian patriots. It is hard to describe what Ukraine has sunk to since the 2014 illegal and violent US-backed coup. I suppose you could compare the ubiquitous Ukrainian nationalists to European skinheads, except that these Nazi wannabes are not just street punks, they include high-ranking officials. The poison has spread everywhere. The UK Travel Advisory advises travellers to Ukraine to avoid large gatherings which are possibly groups of terrorists who may target UK citizens.
Ukraine is fast becoming a giant insane asylum. They have taken all the most depraved and negative thinking in the West and amplified it – which suggests who we really are under the veneer. According to the IMF, Ukraine has the worst economy in Europe. Yet it was doing fairly well until the US swooped in and promoted an illegal and violent coup in 2014. But the “liberated” Ukraine suddenly filled up with such anti-Russian hate that the government soon broke off all economic contracts with Russia that had once supported the economy with jobs and energy (coal and gas). Today, thanks to irrational anti-Russian sentiment, Ukraine no longer buys Russian gas directly from the Russian pipeline but instead buys this same Russian gas rerouted from other countries at a premium price. They have killed the goose that laid the golden eggs. There is no word in the English language to describe this masochistic absurdity.
Further, as our translation below from rueconomics.ru shows, under the direct and indirect influence of the US, they have embraced Nazism like no other country in the world. How Ukraine came to this dismal state of affairs is hard to understand, but it ought to be clear that any country that adopts an extreme anti-Russian stance on things is on track to become a Third Reich wannabe. After all, the fact that Russia suffered the most from the Hitlerian scourge, with 27 million killed, is a pretty clear evidence that Nazism and the Russian mindset (not just Soviet ideology) were diametrically opposed, and we note that the US today is the main source of Russophobia in the world. Recall that the Third Reich was racist and ultranationalist, while the Soviet Union, like today’s RF, fiercely opposed racism and ultranationalism. Further, Russia stands for a multipolar world, while the US has taken the view of itself as the Indispensable Nation or the Exceptional Nation. It is only a hop skip and a jump from there to Deutschland über alles, the notion that “ours” is a superior nation populated by superior beings who deserve to lord it over everyone else. It is a peculiar form of racist nationalism never envisioned by the US founders but it has infiltrated the new America and is well represented on both sides of the political aisle.
Now imagine if your great grand-daddy, who risked his life to free the West from the Nazis, could see what the US has done to Ukraine, which was saved by the Allies, mostly Soviet fighters, from enslavement by the Third Reich. I remind you that the US is still sending lethal arms to Ukraine, which is using them against the Russian speakers in Donbass. Under Trump, the US has moved to an extreme-right vision of the world and the situation in Ukraine is this vision taken to its logical end. Many US conservatives think this is an expression of conservatism, but a giant leap backward to Hitler’s Germany cannot be conservatism. Conservatism is the conserving of something American that has had a glorious history. The events in Ukraine signal something new, something sinister and Satanic that should send chills down the spine of every American. Real US conservatives are not lusting after the goose step and the Nazi salute. Now the US Establishment, that’s a different story.
To get a good overview of the neo-Nazis who seek control over all of Ukraine, read this eye-opening report: https://www.mintpressnews.com/fbi-neo-nazi-militia-trained-by-us-military-in-ukraine-now-training-us-white-supremacists/251687/
Note the photo of John McCain meeting with the leader of neo-Nazi party Svoboda. And note that Americans’ tax money is being sent in the form of lethal aid to the Azov Battalion, the umbrella group of the smaller neo-Nazi groups mentioned below. Only recently has the US Congress banned sending money and arms to the Ukrainian Neo-Nazis.
Former Victory Day in Ukraine: the swastika finally defeated the red star
Nyura N. Berg
Ukraine, as is known, has for some time abolished the concept of the “Great Patriotic War” as such, has rewritten textbooks and now, “together with the whole of Europe,” May 8 marks the Day of Remembrance and Reconciliation. This decision is an important part of the Ukrainian cargo cult, which allows local ideologues and the entire nationalist public to consider themselves to be Europe.
On this day, it is necessary to weep, put candles in the corner of the television screen, fill the air with mourning, mourn, rave about the parade in Moscow and remind again and again that for Ukraine this war was never domestic, and certainly not great [Russians call WW II the Great Patriotic War]. And the fact that Ukraine was occupied as a result, and this occupation lasted until 1991, well, and the rest is blah blah blah.
This year, the director of the Institute of National Remembrance, Vladimir Vyatrovich, with his twin brothers of the same Nazi mind-set, has already raised the question of cancelling the holiday on May 9, and they seem to be cancelling it. [National remembrance is the idea of honouring the Soviet Russians and Ukrainians who jointly freed Ukraine from the Nazis. Yet, incredibly, the Ukrainian leadership wants to honour not the freedom fighters but the Nazis who invaded and killed 600,000 Ukrainians and Russians at the Battle of Kiev!]
All the latest Ukrainian ideology of the "post-genocidal nation," the eternal victim of the northern invaders, develops in this paradigm. In order to secure the format of the rewritten history imposed on Ukrainians, the so-called law banning communist and Nazi symbols was adopted.
Even when the law was passed (and it happened in 2015), everyone clearly understood that Nazi symbolism would not suffer at all, and the ground work was being laid for the sake of fighting the legacy of the “Soviet occupation regime” within the framework of the final separation from Russia. The hammer and sickle, the red star and Soviet songs were immediately outlawed, and then films in which the Soviet army was shown to be the liberator of Europe from fascism, then films about the modern Russian army, were soon totally banned by all Russian television channels and the list went on.
A special frenzy is caused by St. George's ribbon, which Ukrainian patriots do not hesitate to pull out of the hands of even 90-year-old veterans and on whom they spew vitriol for many hours on television. But still, relatively recently, Ukrainian deputies have been seen with ribbons on their lapels congregating en masse to congratulate war heroes.
On May 2, in Odessa, the police detained a girl with a ribbon, but since the violator was a minor, they simply had a preventive conversation with her, but her father received an administrative punishment. [Yes, punishment for honouring the fighters who defeated the Nazis!]
The Cherkasy [Cherkasy is a city in central Ukraine] teacher who tried to tell students who it was that actually liberated Europe from fascism, how brave Ukrainians fought valiantly in the Soviet army and how important it is to honour the memory of their grandfathers to prevent the return of Nazism, was subjected to considerably harsher repression. In her classes, the children sang "Katyusha" [Russian folk song] and "Holy War." Vigilant citizens instantly reported where they should be (to the question of "who wrote the four million denunciations"), and the director of the department of education and humanitarian policy of Cherkasy city council Sergey Voronov said: "This is unacceptable." Perhaps he does not even think so, but behind every official today auditors from the Prayiy Sektor (Right Sector* -- a Nazi wannabe political party), C14* [Ukrainian racist, homophobic nationalist group included in the US terrorist group list of TRAC] and the National Corps* loom invisibly. So the teacher was subjected to such a suggestive conversation that she considered it a blessing to be able to quit of her own free will.
The teacher was lucky, but they could have put her in prison. For veterans of the Great Patriotic War, there is o leniency. For example, the former deputy of the Verkhovna Rada [the Ukrainian congress], Yuriy Syrotyuk, demands that they be judged “if they committed crimes against humanity”. This, they say, is done "in all normal countries," and they are not "reconciling with evil."
... Of course, repression in connection with the violation of the law did not in any way affect either the swastika, or the Nazi uniform, or the public signatures, or hats with twisted cords and characteristic emblems, or the motto “Ukraine ponad use” adopted from the German Deutschland über alles. And before and after the law was passed, it flourished magnificently and bore fruit and continues to march victoriously on the territory of Tseevropa [a combination of two Ukrainian words meaning “is Europe” and referring to Ukraine] to this day.
In the midst of the democratic pro-European Maidan, a group of young Nazis, painted swastikas, made a photo from the heart to the sun [refers to the “heil Hitler” salute] right in the building of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. The children gave the “sieg heil!” salute on the streets, in educational institutions, on television, and the stylized swastika became the logo of almost all patriotic organizations. “Ukraine ponad use” [Ukraine above all, imitation of Nazi slogan: Deutschland über alles] the Minister of Health Uliana Suprun continually reminds the citizens.
In the years since the adoption of the law banning communist and Nazi symbols, the latter have been practiced in Ukraine with even greater success. Recently, the mayor of the Ukrainian town of Karlovka in Poltava region, Alexander Nakonechny, dressed in a Nazi uniform and greeted the audience with a characteristic gesture. This photo with the head of local government was spread all over the Internet, but don’t bother to google the search query “the mayor of Karlovka was summoned to the prosecutor’s office”, because he was not called anywhere. The police are not up to it at all. It is preparing to enforce the law in terms of the prohibition of only communist symbolism and has already pasted a reminder for the citizens of cities and villages - it says, Achtung, Achtung.
Participant of the march on the occasion of the anniversary of the formation of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA, an extremist organization, banned in Russia) in Kiev
Or, a Ukrainian journalist in the same form, with a drawn moustache, looking friendly, depicts Hitler on her YouTube channel. Channel motto: "Vata should burn brightly." [Vata means cotton wadding in Russian but is used in Ukraine as a pejorative denoting Russians] Outraged citizens are reassured by the Odessa police – So what? It’s great fun.
Social networks also discussed for several days a photo from a Lviv wedding, to which some of the guests were festively dressed up - in costumes of Wehrmacht soldiers. The whole company poses against the background of the Cathedral of St. George, near the monument to the Metropolitan of the Greek Catholic Church Andrei Sheptytsky, who collaborated with the German invaders during World War II. In Lviv, it is generally seen as extremely fashionable to walk in the uniforms of SS or Wehrmacht officers - the police reaction is favourable and the Nazi symbols, God forbid, do not disturb them. Tourists eagerly take pictures, and passers-by smile affably.
Monuments to Hitler's collaborators, by the way, throughout Galicia and the Volyn Oblast, are there to stay. They are not uncommon in Central Ukraine, but in the cities of Eastern Ukraine [home to the Russian speakers, who dislike the Nazis], there are already memorials to the UPA* and Petliurist soldiers. After the victory of the “revolution of dignity” and the adoption of the aforementioned law on the prohibition of symbolism, the number of such monuments began to grow exponentially.
In recent years, before the May holidays, the idea of reconciliation between the Soviet soldier and the “warrior” UPA* has been actively accelerated. The posters depict two veterans and - say, they defeated Nazism together. When asked to name at least one, even the smallest victory of the Ukrainian nationalists over the German fascists, or to cite at least one village liberated from them, the descendants of the elders shout out the traditional “Mordor,” “occupation” and “Russian propaganda.”
In principle, everything is logical. When the whole country is more or less entirely ruled by radical nationalists, when the execution of the law banning Nazi symbols is enforced by the Nazis from paramilitary forces who have declared themselves to be the guardians of law and order, acting with the full connivance of the police, it would be strange to expect a different kind of public discourse.
P. S. Here is the last of the news feeds - the militants from C14*, the most odious of the Nazi organizations, have been destroying one Kiev trading network for several days, arranging sinister performances in its stores and promising guards a cruel death. The police do not intervene, the prosecutor's office is silent, and there are no comments either from the deputies or from both presidents. [Since the Maidan coup, it has been increasingly difficult for the Ukrainian government to control the renegade Neo-Nazi groups, particularly the Azov Battalion, which has behaved like a terrorist organization. This kind of lawlessness suggests that Ukraine is an ungovernable failed state.]
* Extremist organizations banned in Russia.