After war in eastern Ukraine, neo-nazis make another civil war in the capital

This 6 Movember 2014 video shows neo-nazi indoctrination of Ukrainian children. They do nazi salutes, shouting ‘Sieg Heil‘.

By Alex Lantier:

Ultra-right Maidan forces riot in Kiev over eastern Ukrainian autonomy law

2 September 2015

On Monday, elements of the Ukrainian far right rioted in Kiev outside the Verkhovna Rada, the Ukrainian parliament, as it passed a law on eastern Ukrainian autonomy.

The protest was called by forces in and around Ukraine’s US- and NATO-backed government, who denounced the bill as an intolerable concession to Moscow and Russian-backed separatists fighting the Kiev regime’s forces in eastern Ukraine. The protest was led by Svoboda, a fascist party that played a key role in last year’s Maidan protests and the ensuing coup that brought the current regime to power. Elements of the Radical Party, part of the government coalition led by President Petro Poroshenko, also reportedly joined the protest.

Several thousand people gathered before the Verkhovna Rada, which was ringed with riot police. Clashes between a few dozen toughs and security forces escalated as news emerged that the parliament had adopted the bill. Far-right protesters threw at least one grenade at the riot police and there were reports of fascists shooting at police.

According to a report by Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov on Facebook, “One person was killed, 125 were injured, 12 people are being operated on, and one soldier is in deep coma. Doctors have refused to give any forecasts on the condition of another five people.” He added that Deputy Interior Minister Vasily Paskal, Ukrainian TV journalists, and one French journalist were among the injured.

Later, reports emerged that two of the injured Ukrainian National Guardsmen had died.

In a press conference, Avakov said most of the casualties were caused “by several explosive devices thrown by people wearing Svoboda Party T-shirts, who provoked clashes with the National Guard in front of the Rada.” He added, “Thirty people have already been detained. But there will be more arrests. The grenade thrower has been captured, several grenades, including a maximum damage F1 grenade, have been seized from him.”

Avakov said he “directly blames” Svoboda party leader Oleh Tyahnybok for the riot, calling it “a crime, not a political stance.”

Ukrainian fascist organizations responded by denouncing the government and blaming it for the murder of the riot police. “I say that today we saw that Poroshenko has shed this blood,” Artem Skoropadskiy, the spokesman of the fascist Right Sector militia, told 112 Ukraine TV.

In a statement, Svoboda said that “responsibility for the attack near the parliament … lies with the current government,” calling it a “pre-planned provocation against Ukrainian patriots.”

The riot underscores the reactionary character of Washington’s client state in Ukraine. The US and Germany led the push for regime-change in Kiev in order to swing Ukraine into the geo-strategic orbit of NATO and the European Union. They supported the Maidan protests, led by a thin layer of far-right parties committed to waging all-out war against Russia and against ethnic Russians in eastern Ukraine, which toppled the pro-Russian regime of the elected president, Viktor Yanukovych. The right-wing nationalist regime that was then installed pledged to carry out a free-market restructuring and austerity offensive aimed at the working class.

This operation had no substantial support outside these far-right parties and their allied paramilitary militias. These forces subsequently emerged as NATO’s key supports in prosecuting a civil war against opposition in mainly Russian-speaking areas in eastern Ukraine. Their militias are financed by various oligarchs and trained by the armed forces of NATO countries, including Poland and the United States.

The Kiev government glorifies the genocidal history of Ukrainian fascism. It has banned all reference to communism and granted formal recognition and pensions to the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA), the World War II-era fascist army that aided the Nazis in massacring Jews and Poles in occupied Ukraine. The Radical Party, led by Oleh Lyashko, includes Yuri Shukhevych, whose father, Roman, was the UPA’s leader.

Nonetheless, the Kiev regime is unable to control the various fascist formations, such as the Right Sector and Svoboda. They represent a faction of the Ukrainian political establishment, with close ties to US and European military and intelligence agencies, that is seeking to push the NATO powers into a policy of outright war with Russia, a nuclear power.

They are incensed by any attempt to make concessions to ethnic Russian interests in the context of the Minsk truce between the Kiev regime and the eastern Ukraine separatists, which was brokered by Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine in February.

The law passed yesterday is part of a broader series of bills aiming to create the legal framework for autonomy in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of eastern Ukraine. Separate legislation would allow Russian to be the chosen language of people living in separatist-held areas and potentially allow them to form their own separate courts and militias. It would also grant amnesty to separatist forces who took part in military action against the Kiev regime.

The second reading of the bill passed Monday is expected by the end of the year. It is unclear whether the bill will pass, as it will need at that stage a two-thirds majority of 450 delegates. The bill passed Monday with only 265 votes.

Numerous Kiev regime parliamentarians said they opposed the bill, claiming it played into Russia’s hands and would lead ultimately to the Kiev regime totally losing control in the east. While the Donetsk and Luhansk regions are the only ones to have staged armed revolts against the Kiev regime, the government is broadly unpopular, particularly in cities of eastern Ukraine such as Kharkiv.

Victoria Voytsitska, a member of parliament from the Samopomich party, told the Guardian she was concerned that the granting of autonomy to Luhansk and Donetsk could set off a “domino effect,” with other parts of the country demanding autonomy. “For me, it’s like introducing cancer cells into a body that is already not as healthy as it should be. The cancer can spread very fast,” she said.

Former Prime Minister Yulya Tymoshenko said, “This is not a road to peace and not a road to decentralization. This is a diametrically opposite process, which will lead to the loss of new territories.”

5 Sep 2015. On a proposal from SP [Dutch Socialist Party] Senator Tiny Kox, an investigation will be carried out into whether recent legislation passed in Ukraine, which is leading to bans on left parties, conforms to the rules of the Council of Europe. Ukraine, in common with all other European countries, is affiliated to this organisation and every member state is obliged to ensure that its laws do not transgress human rights or the rules for a democratic constitutional state: here.

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    posted by Ben Chacko in World

    Victory Day celebration goes ahead despite fascist laws

    UKRAINIAN communists defied “decommunisation” laws in public celebration of Victory Day yesterday.

    The 71st anniversary of the surrender of nazi Germany to the Soviet Union remains a public holiday in Ukraine but the government has banned “Soviet symbolism” at events to honour the dead and has attempted to promote use of red poppies in imitation of western Europe’s Armistice Day celebrations.

    Nonetheless crowds gathered at surviving monuments to the victory over fascism, many of which have been vandalised or demolished by the Kiev authorities, which honour nazi collaborator Stepan Bandera’s Organisation of Ukrainian Nationalists and classify the Soviet Union as a “criminal regime.”

    Veterans proudly sported Red Army medals while communists flew the hammer and sickle at events across the country.

    Communist leader Petro Symonenko spoke at a ceremony in Koryukova in the Chernihiv region, where nazi invaders shot and burned the bodies of the entire population — around 7,000 people — in 1943.

    “World War II left an eternal mark in the history of Soviet Ukraine, which put on the altar of victory millions of lives of its best sons and daughters,” he said.

    “In defending the socialist homeland and saving humanity from the ‘brown nightmare,’ Ukraine along with Soviet brother nations provides a unique example of courage and heroism.”

    Mr Symonenko emphasised the importance of socialism to victory in World War II, saying fascism would not have been defeated without “Soviet and international patriots inspired by Leninist ideas and the Communist Party.

    “Perhaps no family in Ukraine was spared the loss of a relative, whether they died a heroic death at the front, were tortured in Gestapo dungeons, cowardly murdered by Bandera or exported to nazi captivity,” he said.

    The Communist leader warned that neofascism had “once again raised its head and it exists within the government.

    “It is clear that fascism is being used as a tool by big business to shift all the burdens of deprivation of the current crisis onto ordinary people and to destroy the friendship of the Slavic peoples.

    “We communists are not afraid and are fighting to clear Ukraine of nazis and of the bandits who have robbed us of 25 years.”


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