“Corporate US media and foreign policy hardliners want to create a new Afghanistan in the middle of Europe by flooding Ukraine with weapons. The arms industry is very pleased…. Photographic evidence shows that these weapons have already ended up in the hands of neo-Nazi paramilitaries – units which have already received training and arms the US and its NATO allies.”—Alexander Rubinstein, The Grayzone
The media will not openly admit who they are propagandizing for in the Russia-Ukraine conflict, but they certainly give us hints.
Enter CNN who last week spoke with Denis Prokopenko, identified as a major in the Ukrainian National Guard Azov Regiment.
Journalist Richard Medhurst said of the CNN piece: “Our good old Azov Regiment. Very interesting…. Very simply, it’s a neo-Nazi militia. And it’s not just a militia, really, it’s incorporated into the Ukrainian National Guard.”
Medhurst goes on to provide some of the Azov’s symbols, such as swastikas. He also notes that the man that inspires the Azov Regiment is Stephan Bandera, a man who collaborated with Nazi Germany and committed genocide. Also, there was the hypocrisy within the CNN piece in which they compare Russia to Nazis right before speaking with a Ukrainian Nazi.
Has the Azov Regiment changed it’s Nazi ways? Well, if you can stomach it, take a look at the photos of the woman tortured in a Mariupol, Ukraine. Her body, which had a swastika burned in her stomach, was found by American independent journalist Patrick Lancaster in the basement of a school that was a stronghold for the Azov Regiment. An investigation is underway into the woman’s murder.
The Azov Regiment is getting quite a bit of support from around the world, and it has for a long time. Take the time in 2016 when John McCain and Lindsey Graham spoke with the Nazis and posed for pictures. McCain had a long history of having, let’s be nice and say, questionable friends who he forced American taxpayers to arm.
America, in particular the CIA, has a long history of protecting Nazis.
Christopher Simpson, through primarily documents obtained through Freedom of Information Act, wrote that our government “saw in post-WWII Nazis and their collaborators a variety of skills and talents that would have been very expensive to simply hang for war crimes, so we protected those individuals who were particularly valuable as scientists and anti-Communists…. Overall, at least half of the 765 known German scientists brought to the US were either active in the Nazi party or members of the SS.”
“The fact is, U.S. intelligence agencies did know—or had reason to suspect—that many contract agents that they hired during the cold war had committed crimes against humanity on behalf of the Nazis. The CIA, the State Department, and U.S. Army intelligence each created special programs for the specific purpose of bringing selected former Nazis and collaborators to the United States,” Simpson added.
Meanwhile, the Azov Regiment has some friends from Brazil who are helping.
Brian Mier, for Mint Press News, wrote that “a small group of Brazilian bolsonaristas became social media celebrities as they crossed the border into Ukraine to fight against Russia.”
“What were these Brazilians doing in Ukraine in the first place? In order to answer that question, one has to look back at the resurgence of Nazi ideology in Brazil and the deepening relationship between Brazil’s neo-Nazi groups, which have grown by a staggering 270% since Jair Bolsonaro took office in 2019, and Ukrainian neo-Nazi organizations like Azov,” Mier added.
Of course, the propagandists assure us there are no Nazis in Ukraine because Ukrainian oligarch Volodymyr Zelenskyy is being heralded as some kind of Jewish hero.
Well, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) says otherwise, at least whether or not there are Nazis there. The ADL says of course there are Nazis, but there’s nothing to worry about.
“The Anti-Defamation League, the leading pro-Israel lobbying group in America, published a Q&A defending Ukraine’s neo-Nazi groups on the grounds that they ‘don’t attack Jews or Jewish institutions.’… Ukraine’s neo-Nazis are the good type of neo-Nazis because they’re funded and armed by Israeli billionaires,” wrote Chris Menahan for Information Liberation.