Czech president criticizes neo-nazi march in Ukraine

This April 2015 video says about itself:

A German state TV documentary on the rising of Nazist ideology in Ukraine and the Ukraine nationalist Stepan Bandera.

Another video used to say about itself:

January 4, 2014, Lviv, Kyiv, Ukraine (BBC News) — Thousands of people in Lviv and Kyiv held torchlight marches on Jan. 1 in honor of the 105th birthday of Ukrainian nationalist Stepan Bandera (1909-1959).

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Zeman hits out at Ukraine and EU silence on fascist march

Monday 5th January 2015

CZECH President Milos Zeman has slammed the Ukrainian government and the European Union for their refusal to condemn a march in Kiev glorifying fascist war criminal Stepan Bandera.

The Social Democratic Party leader said on Sunday that the chilling slogans and a flagrant display of far-right symbols during the march on Thursday reminded him of Hitler’s Germany.

He insisted that something was wrong both with Ukraine and the EU.

“I was browsing the internet yesterday evening and discovered a video showing the demonstration on Kiev’s Maidan on January 1,” he said.

“These demonstrators carried portraits of Stepan Bandera, which reminded me of Reinhard Heydrich,” a major architect of the Holocaust and nazi administrator of much of the modern Czech Republic.

“The parade itself was organised similar to nazi torchlight parades, where participants shouted the slogan: ‘Death to the Poles, Jews and communists without mercy’,” Mr Zeman explained.

Stepan Bandera headed the Organisation of Ukrainian Nationalists, which collaborated with nazi Germany and was involved in ethnic cleansing of Poles, Jews and Russians.

Thursday’s marchers chanted “Glory to the nation! Death to our enemies,” “Ukraine belongs to Ukrainians” and “Bandera will return and restore order.”

Some participants wore the uniforms of the Bandera insurgent army while others paraded with red and black nationalist flags.

Leader Oleh Tyanhybok of the fascist party Svoboda (Freedom), which organised the march with the like-minded Right Sector, said before the march began: “The current government came to power using Bandera’s slogans, so it has to follow his ideas.”

But Jewish rights group the Simon Wiesenthal Centre Jerusalem bureau director Dr Efraim Zuroff said: “Holocaust perpetrators are the last people on Earth who deserve to be glorified, regardless of their nationalist credentials.

“The march has more to do with the systematic Holocaust distortion prevalent in post-communist eastern Europe, which has a very fundamental anti-semitic component, than outright anti-semitism.

“The march is a good example of three separate phenomena — hiding or minimising the role of local nazi collaborators in Holocaust crimes, promoting the canard of equivalency between nazi and communist crimes and glorification of anti-communist freedom fighters who were local nazi collaborators who participated in Shoah [Holocaust] crimes.”

In an unusually sharp tone, Czech President Milos Zeman recently criticised a Nazi demonstration in the Ukrainian capital Kiev. He told Radio F1 that something was “wrong” both with Ukraine and the European Union, which did not condemn it: here.

In a recent broadcast of “Tagesthemen”, the main newscast of Germany’s ARD public television channel, Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk grotesquely distorted the history of World War II, accusing the Soviet Union of having invaded Germany and Ukraine: here.

The head of the United States Army Europe, Lieutenant General Ben Hodges, announced on Wednesday that a contingent of US soldiers will be dispatched to Ukraine in the spring to undertake the training of four companies of the National Guard of Ukraine (NGU). The exact number of American soldiers who will be stationed at the Yavoriv Training Area outside the western city of Lvov has yet to be determined: here.

The World Socialist Web Site unequivocally condemns plans being worked out by the Obama administration to arm the right-wing regime in Ukraine with billions of dollars in advanced weaponry. These moves threaten to spark a direct conflict between the US and Russia, two nuclear-armed powers, and ignite a Third World War: here.

Why we shouldn’t arm Ukraine. My column: here.

NATO defense ministers are meeting in Brussels today to consolidate the military alliance against Russia, increasing the risk of a direct military confrontation between nuclear-armed powers: here.

Welcome to the most corrupt nation in Europe. While the conflict with Russia heats up in the east, life for most Ukrainians is marred by corruption so endemic that even hospitals appear to be infected. Can anyone clean the country up? Here.

The defence ministers of the NATO military alliance decided at a meeting Thursday at NATO headquarters in Brussels to double their combat forces in eastern Europe. The imperialist powers are massing their troops to compel Russia to make concessions and subordinate itself to their interests in Eastern Europe and Asia: here.

EUROPEAN PUSH FOR DIPLOMATIC SOLUTION AS U.S. WEIGHS SENDING ARMS TO UKRAINE “Hours before Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) compared Europe’s attitude toward Russian President Vladimir Putin to appeasement toward Nazi Germany, the German ambassador here warned U.S. hawks not to see a military solution as the only way forward on Ukraine. Germany has ‘the sense this conflict is spiraling,’ Ambassador Peter Wittig said in a small briefing with reporters at the Germany embassy in Washington. But he urged proponents of sending arms to Ukraine to remember that diplomacy at the highest levels — including what he called ‘an unusual trip’ by the leaders of Germany and France to Moscow on Friday — may still bear fruit.” [HuffPost]

As fighting between pro-Russian separatists and the NATO-backed Kiev regime escalates in east Ukraine, and as NATO foreign ministers announced a massive troop deployment throughout Eastern Europe, France and Germany have suddenly announced plans to travel to Russia to propose a new “peace plan”: here.

One day before the crisis meeting on Ukraine in Minsk, a leading German newspaper, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ), published an editorial calling for NATO to militarily escalate the confrontation with Russia to the point of a nuclear attack: here.

In Kiev, Ihor Lapin, a fighter with the Aidar volunteer battalion and now an MP in Ukraine’s parliament, said negotiations are useless, and the only way to help reintegrate the region is to make life miserable for those remaining, even insinuating that enforced famine (a war crime) would somehow turn people against the separatist authorities: here.

At Munich Conference, US Hawks Press for Military Escalation Towards Russia. U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) openly spars with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, signaling widening transatlantic divisions over strategy: here.

22 thoughts on “Czech president criticizes neo-nazi march in Ukraine

  1. Not only the Czech leader, but also the other EU leaders must realize that just thanks to new Kiev’s connivance such Ukrainian Neo-Nazis’ leaders as D. Yarosh ( ) have got a chance to enter the country’s parliament and publicly glorify the bloody deeds of such Hitler’s followers here, in Europe, as notorious Breivik (! So Europe should immediately do all possible to put an end to Kiev’s Big Fix. Otherwise Ukrainian Neo-Nazism’ spreading turns out to be inevitable in Europe, too!


  2. But relations between Moscow and Berlin have deteriorated further in the past week due to the German chancellor’s refusal to comment on outrageous remarks made by Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk on German TV last week.

    He claimed that “all of us remember the Soviet invasion of Ukraine and Germany” in the second world war — a comment likely to increase panic among Ukrainian progressives concerned by the Kiev regime’s close links to far-right organisations that glorify nazi collaborator Stepan Bandera, whose Organisation of Ukrainian Nationalists murdered thousands of communists, Poles and Jews in World War II.

    Challenged by Moscow to distance herself from Mr Yatsenyuk, Ms Merkel’s office said it would not comment on his statement but added that it did not question Germany’s responsibility for the genocidal invasion of the Soviet Union.

    Berlin has been silent on the political persecution of the Ukrainian left.

    The Communist Party of Ukraine said lawyers had filed an application with the European Court of Human Rights this week concerning what it said was the illegal imprisonment of two of its members from Dneprodzerzhinsk, Dmitri Timofeev and S Tkachenko.


  3. SWITZERLAND: International Monetary Fund head Christine Lagarde revealed yesterday that Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko had asked for bailout loans.
    The two met at the World Economic Forum at the Swiss resort of Davos.
    Mr Poroshenko wants to replace the current £11 billion bailout package with a new one, though the US and EU have already pledged more money, demanding austerity measures in return.


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  7. Judge quits Communist treason case

    UKRAINIAN communists slammed the Kiev regime’s “desperate search for ways to evade responsibility for its crimes” yesterday after government bids to outlaw their party descended into farce.

    Presiding Judge Valery Kuzmenko, who was hearing the Justice Ministry’s suit attempting to outlaw Communist Party of Ukraine (KPU) on trumped up treason charges, dramatically resigned on Wednesday evening — saying authorities were putting pressure on the court.

    Prosecutors and police had searched his office and taken the computer containing documents relating to the case, Mr Kuzmenko said.

    “Such illegal actions,” he said, were “grounds for the rejection of the proceedings to ban the activities of the KPU.”

    The future of the ban bid was unclear yesterday as all the other judges on the Kiev District Administrative Court followed his lead and filed applications to be excused from hearing it.

    Communists in Ukraine have been under sustained attack since the Western-backed coup against former president Viktor Yanukovych a year ago.

    Monuments to the Russian revolution, its leader Lenin and to the Red Army’s victory over nazi Germany have been desecrated and the government launched its attempt to proscribe the party last summer, claiming that it supported the break-up of Ukraine after Crimea voted to rejoin Russia.

    But the communists refused to be silenced yesterday, condemning an EU proposal to send armoured cars to “monitor” the ceasefire agreed between the Kiev authorities and anti-fascist separatists in the east.

    The war would only be over when Ukraine acknowledged the rights of the people of the Donbass to “decide what language to speak, what church to go to, what script to read in.”

    Kiev’s war had caused “the death of thousands, hundreds of thousands maimed, young people’s destinies murdered,” KPU general secretary Petro Symonenko said.

    Communist Party of Britain leader Robert Griffiths expressed his solidarity with the Ukrainian party.

    “The persecution of the KPU is an outrageous attack on political and civil liberties that gives the lie to Western propaganda that this war is about democracy versus Russian expansionism,” he said.

    “This is a party which has had substantial electoral support but whose MPs have been physically attacked inside and outside parliament, demonstrating the nature of the authoritarian regime of President (Petro) Poroshenko as it wages war on its own people.”

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