Ukrainian soldier wears Hitler’s SS symbols

Ukrainian soldier with SS symbols

The Solidarity with the Antifascist Resistance in Ukraine blog in Britain comments in October 2014 on these photos:

Ukrainian National Guard soldier wearing nazi SS insignia

Two pictures distributed by Associated Press show a Ukrainian National Guard soldier wearing insignia of the nazi military organisation Waffen SS on his hat and arm while being reviewed by Prime Minister Yatseniuk.

Ukrainian soldier's SS symbols

The AP description of the pictures says:

A Ukrainian volunteer soldier with emblems of WWII SS Galician division that had fought against the Soviet Army, waits to be sent to the country’s east in a military base in the village of Novi Petrivtsi near Kiev Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukasky)

The blog post continues:

The picture was taken on September 30 at the National Guard training camp in Novi Petrivtsi. The reason the photographer was there was that the National Guard soldiers were being reviewed by the Prime Minister Yatseniuk before being sent to the front, as can be seen in the AP pictures following these two ones:

Yatseniuk reviews Ukrainian soldiers

The SS Galician division of Nazi troops (14th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS) was set up in 1943 and was composed of Ukrainian volunteers.

On April 27 this year, a march was organised in Lviv, Western Ukraine, to commemorate the founding of this Nazi military organisation. The march was organised by organisations of veterans and the regional branch of the far right party Svoboda, which at the time was part of the ruling coalition in Kyiv:

Commemoration of the founding of the SS Galicia Division in Lviv, April 27, 2014

This comes after the scandal of Ukrainian soldiers of the Azov Battalion with nazi symbols on their helmets being shown on German TV news.

18 thoughts on “Ukrainian soldier wears Hitler’s SS symbols

  1. GERMANY and France have offered to send unarmed drones to Ukraine to monitor the restive east, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said today.

    Mr Steinmeier said that Berlin would send two surveillance drones to assist the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe’s effort to monitor the factious ceasefire between Kiev and the separatist resistance that sprang up in the east following a fascist-backed takeover in the capital.

    But the German soldiers operating the drones would require armed protection, something the current mandate of the OSCE mission does not allow.

    After meeting Mr Steinmeier, Kiev Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin said parliamentary approval is needed to allow armed foreign troops in the country.

    It was unclear if such approval is possible before the planned October 26 parliamentary election in Ukraine.


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