Jeremy Kuzmarov and Steve Brown, 29 July 2021
Meet Some of America's Newest Best Friends
With barely a whisper of protest from either the media or the American people,
Barack Obama and Joe Biden supported and empowered a group of far-right,
Nazi-idolizing, Hitler-worshipping, anti-Semitic militias to fight against
Russian-backed separatists in Eastern Ukraine.
Members of these militias had participated in the violent and illegal overthrow
of the democratically elected government of Ukraine because - well, because they
did not like how chummy it was getting with Russia.
Obama's elite team of foreign policy advisers - Hillary Clinton, Susan Rice and
Samantha Power - did not like the fact that Ukraine's president, Viktor
Yanukovych, was having sensible second thoughts about joining the EU (European
Union) and possibly NATO, because it would antagonize Russia, which was not only
its major trading partner, but also a touchy nuclear power with which it shared
a porous 1,400-mile border.
But what did the concerns of the Ukraine government matter? They were
irrelevant. Such disobedience to U.S. wishes was simply not to be
tolerated. What right had any government to interfere with the privileged
desires of an imperial hegemon like the United States?
Ukraine 2014 - A Historical Turning Point
The year 2014 was a major turning point in modern Ukrainian history and the
history of the new Cold War.
In February of that year, using a playbook almost identical to the one they used
to overthrow the democratically elected government of Iran in 1953 (not to
mention the governments of Chile, Guatemala, Iran, Iraq, Laos, Bolivia,
Nicaragua, Grenada, Panama, Haiti, Honduras, Libya, Venezuela, and many more)
the CIA helped organize and fund a faux grass-roots revolutionary movement that
succeeded in toppling the legally elected pro-Russian President Viktor
He was replaced by the pro-Western, neo-liberal, NATO-affiliated interim
president Arseniy Yatsenyuk, who was succeeded by billionaire oligarch Petro
When the Maidan Square protesters were unable to collect enough signatures to
force Yanukovych's impeachment, they forced him to flee the country through
violence, while massacring trade union activists in the city of Odessa. Under
the new regime, eight suspicious suicides of former supporters of Yanukovych
John McCain was among the U.S. politicians to visit Ukraine to spur on the
Maidan protests, appearing on stage with Oleh Tyahnybok, leader of the far-right
Svoboda Party, which was given one-quarter of the Cabinet positions in the
U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria
Nuland famously handed out "cookies" to the demonstrators while revealing that
the U.S. had spent $5 billion in "democracy-promotion" in Ukraine since 1991.
Later, a call would leak between Nuland and U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey
Pyatt in which they discussed their choice of Yatsenyuk to head the new
It did not matter to them that Yatsenyuk enjoyed little support among the
Ukrainian people, polling at around one percent.
In the same phone call, Nuland famously told Pyatt "F.uck the EU."
In March 2014, Russia made its countermove by annexing the Crimea peninsula,
whose people voted to rejoin Russia (which it had been part of for more than 200
years) in a referendum in which over 97% voted in favor of rejoining Russia.
Turnout for the referendum was 89%, an impression figure when compared to the
anemic voter turnouts in U.S. elections.
However, instead of accepting this overwhelming demonstration of the popular
will, the Washington foreign policy establishment and politicians denounced the
supposed Russian aggression and supported Ukraine's cruel water blockade of
The stage was now set for the third chapter of the conflict when a grass-roots
protest movement in Eastern Ukraine turned into a full rebellion, called the
To aid in the suppression of the rebellion, the United States has provided more
than $2.5 billion in security assistance to Ukraine since 2014, including $275
million in military aid that has been announced in the last five months under
A key grievance underlying the Novorossiya Rebellion was a new language law
enforced on the Eastern provinces of Donetsk and Luhansk along with a desire to
sustain close ties with Russia and general opposition to the Western-imposed
junta in Kyiv, which ranked near the bottom of global corruption indices.
The Ukrainian military, which lacked organization and basic fighting supplies,
was slow to act against its own citizens in the Donbas and sustained very heavy
losses in the fighting that broke out. This left a vacuum filled by nationalist
militias - financed by regional warlords - which engaged in brutal ground
One of those civilian militias made up of mostly far-right soccer ultras was the
Azov Battalion or Regiment, which was incorporated into Ukraine's formal
Lost Boys - The Azov Regiment
The Azov Regiment used a copy-cat image of the Nazi Wolfangel, though they claim
it stands for "national idea."
When a journalist with The Guardian, Shaun Walker, interviewed one of its
members, named Dmitry, he said that Putin was not Russian "but a Jew" and waxed
lyrical about Hitler being a great military leader while expressing belief that
the Holocaust never happened.
Walker found that many of the Azov members had "disturbing views" and that
"almost all were intent on bringing the fight to Kiev" - implying that they
supported a fascist military coup.
In December 2019, Daily Beast reporters Will Cathcart and Joseph Epstein
interviewed an Azov Regiment drill sergeant named Alex, who wore a patch
depicting Thor's hammer, an ancient Norse symbol appropriated by neo-Nazis. Alex
admitted that he was a Nazi and said he and his comrades were supporting strong
leadership in Ukraine, like in Germany.
Azov's ranks have been bolstered by 17,000 foreign mercenaries from more than 50
countries, including some U.S. white supremacists who came to Ukraine to fight
According to the German magazine Lower Class, Azov mounts a semi-underground
outfit which recruits among neo-Nazi youth in Germany, France, and
Scandinavia. Muslim Chechens and Crimean Tatars with a deep loathing of Russia
have also fought with Azov.
One former volunteer referred to the Azov recruits as "idiots basically or lost
boys. A lot of people have lost their way. They're wanting to be accepted, and
they'll say, 'Yeah, F.uck the Jews. F.uck the n***ers.'"
Azov's original leader, Andriy Biletsky - who served as a member of the
Ukrainian parliament from 2014 to 2019 - said that the mission of Ukraine was to
"lead the white races of the world in a final crusade ... against Semite-led
-- Cont'd at https://covertactionmagazine.com/2021/07/29/our-mission-is-to-lead-the-white-races-of-the-world-in-a-final-crusadeagainst-semite-led-untermenschen-subhumans/