The UK gives military training to Ukraine whose troops and civilians enjoy torchlight marches, wearing swastika-like symbols, celebrating the Nazi era and their wartime fascist leader Stepan Bandera – a man whom the Poles have every reason to hate for his wartime massacres. Are the Poles – today persecuted by those same Ukrainian nationalists in Lviv – not allies of the UK?
Recently the Luhansk authorities in Eastern Ukraine captured two Ukrainian soldiers with bomb making equipment who have confessed to assassinating the Donbas rebel commander Oleg Anashchenko last month. They admitted they were trained by American instructors at the military base in Khmelnitskaya.
In April 2016 Ukrainian Nazis (a civilian association of the extreme nationalist Azov troops) marched with flaming torches to mark the 73rd anniversary of the creation of the Ukrainian SS division in alliance with Nazi Germany. Even more obnoxious was the dignity accorded to this occasion by the Uniate church (which retains an Orthodox liturgy but acknowledges the rule of the Pope in Rome) which held a memorial service for those who had died in the ranks of the SS! Many Ukrainian Nazis escaped to South America in 1945 with the help of the Vatican!
It was Heinrich Himmler, the head of the SS, who said in a speech to soldiers of the Ukrainian SS, “your homeland has become so much more beautiful since you have lost those residents who were so often a dirty blemish on Galicia’s good name, namely the Jews…I know that if I ordered you to liquidate the Poles…I would be giving you permission to do what you are eager to do anyway.”
Today the UK supports and trains the troops of a regime which is doing just what Himmler described. Even more disturbing is the appointment by the absurd little pipsqueak Justin Trudeau’s Canadian Government of a fanatical Ukrainian apologist Chrystia Freeland. Her grandfather was a vicious Jew hating Nazi and editor of the fascist Polish newspaper Krakivski Visti which operated under the notorious rule of Hans Frank (executed after the war). Expropriated from a Jewish owner under Nazi law, Krakivski Visti published an editorial on 6th November 1941 said:
“There is not a single Jew left in Kiev today, while there were 350,000 under the Bolsheviks, the Jews “got their comeuppance.” (referring to the mass shooting of Kiev’s Jewish population at Babi Yar. In just two days, Sept. 29-30, 1941, a total of 33,771 people were murdered.)
No wonder Freeland uncritically supports the politically ugly State of Ukraine today.
In Uman, central Ukraine in 2015 extreme nationalists of the Svoboda party (whose leaders had been greeted by the German Foreign Minister Steinmeier after the Kiev coup in 2014) attacked a pilgrimage of Hasidic Jews who had come to celebrate their movement’s founder Rabbi Nachman. The local Chairman of the Jewish Association said Ukrainian nationalists were “seeking to harass the Hasids in order to gain political points among the local public. Whoever harasses the Hasidim more has a better chance of winning the elections in October,” he said.
The British “Royal United Services Institute” invited a blatant Ukrainian Nazi, Andriy Parubiy of the Ukrainian “National Front” to speak in London and the British Government allowed him in. The UK increased its training programme for up to 2,000 Ukrainian troops, breaking the terms of the Minsk 2 agreement to which it and other EU States are committed. The troops shelling their own citizens in East Ukraine (Donbass) – with some 10,000 deaths since 2014 – include various extreme nationalist and Nazi battalions like “Azov”, “Aidar”, “Pravy Sector” and “Tornado”.
The Russian speaking Ukrainians and Russians who live in the Donbas (with the support of Vladimir Putin who has ruled out separation from Ukraine) want only what Scotland enjoys in the UK – devolved Government. Will we now be bombing Edinburgh?
UKRAINE’S NAZI YOUTH
The notorious Azov battalions of extreme nationalist troops fighting in the Donbas has a youth movement called “The Azovets” who attend a summer camp outside Kiev. Children of 6 years of age and over attend, wearing T-shirts bearing the Azov battalion insignia – the “Wolfsangel” or wolf hook, which was used during WWII by two of Nazi Ukraine’s SS divisions. Photos posted about the camps show children being taught how to assemble an assault rifle before being given AK-47s to fire.
UKRAINE ATTACKS ITS NEIGHBOURS
The special terms of trade and other privileges accorded to Ukraine by the European Union is seen as a threat in Belarus but there is also a severe military threat with gangs and weapons smuggled across their border from Ukraine in order to stir up a version of the 2014 Kiev coup in Belarus today.
This month Belarussian border guards stopped an attempt to break through the border by a car coming from Ukraine in which a pistol and TNT-resembling device and detonator were found. Two men were arrested and another is wanted.
“We’ve already arrested several dozen…who were trained in camps in Ukraine” said the Belorussian President.
As a result of such incursions Belarus has been securing its border with Ukraine with the deployment of tactical missile complexes, and multiple launch rocket systems, as well as long-range guns.
Leaked documents showed Ukrainian Foreign Ministry support for radicals sent to instigate riots against the Government of Belarus.
Poland is not a threat to Ukraine but with 140,000 Poles in the country extreme Ukrainian nationalists – particularly active in areas like Lviv (Polish Lvov) – have provoked tension. On 29th March a rocket hit the Polish consulate in Lutsk in Western Ukraine. The Ukrainian ambassador in Warsaw was summoned to receive a formal protest over the incident. A similar attack recently targeted a police station in Rovno.
A monument set up in 2005 in memory of Polish citizens who were killed on the orders of the Nazis in 1944 in Huta Penyatska near Lviv was recently destroyed. Aid sent to Poles in Lviv from Poland has been stopped.
RUSSIANS AND RUSSIAN SPEAKERS
A delegation of the United Nations Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture suspended an official visit to Ukraine last month after the Security Service of Ukraine denied the UN officials access to several parts of the country. The regions to which the delegation was denied access are areas where, as Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture Chair Sir Malcolm Evans stated, “We have heard numerous and serious allegations that (political prisoners) have been detained and where torture or ill-treatment may have occurred.”
And Ukraine’s past suppression of the Russian language in Donbass is now to be turned into an outright prohibition in the whole of Ukraine. (I note there is no complaint about this from the Council of Europe, which recently attacked the U.K. about the “suppression” of the Cornish language – spoken by less than 500 people!) In Eastern and South eastern Ukraine several million speak Russian:
• Autonomous Republic of Crimea — 97% speak Russian
• Dnipropetrovsk Oblast — 72%
• Donetsk Oblast — 93%
• Zaporizhia Oblast — 81%
• Luhansk Oblast — 89%
• Mykolaiv Oblast — 66%
• Odessa Oblast — 85%
• Kharkiv Oblast — 74%
DONBAS WAR CRIMES
Thousands of East Ukrainian civilians have been killed by Kiev army shelling including the use of cluster bombs against civilian areas.
Kiev has cut off water to areas of the Donbass and to the Crimea, in violation of the Minsk accords and in international almost certainly representing an act of war.
Repeated failures of the Ukrainian forces in the Donbass and continuing loses have led to their leaving the dead bodies of their soldiers – booby trapped with mines!
Kiev aircraft have flown over Gorlovka a large city in the north of the Donetsk Republic – breaking the Minsk accords.
Branches of the Russian Sberbank throughout Ukraine have been attacked – encouraged by the Ukrainian Pension fund stopping all pension payments through Russian banks.
A Ukrianian MP called for help for Chechnya ISIS associated terrorists in their attempt to attack Russia.
SO WHAT ON EARTH IS THE UK GOVERNMENT DOING?
With this horrendous background there can be no excuse for the British Government’s acts of political and military support for Ukraine. Never have the British people been cajoled into support for such an obnoxious regime – so reminiscent of those elements we spent 6 years defeating in the Second World War.