In Syria, the western capitalist powers support Islamic rebels, who fight the Ba’ath regime of Bashar Assad. In Ukraine it is now clear that western money goes to far-right units of the army, who are used by the Poroshenko oligarchy to fight pro-Russian separatists in Donetsk and Lugansk. The Real News Network reported that the Azov Special Operations Unit is now a official party of the Ukrainian Army. Azov started as a far-right militia in 2014 and was made an official part of the army after Poroshenko came to power. Officially this unit denies that its members are neonazi’s, we only have to look at their emblem to know otherwise. They use the Wolfsangel a Germanic symbol that became popular with the Waffen SS. Also their members fly the banner of the former Social-National Party of Ukraine (today renamed into Svoboda), an outright neonazi party!
Before the civil war in Ukraine started, neonazi forces were rather weak. This was because the Ukrainian state used to keep them in line. After the fall of the pro-Russian Yanukovich government in December 2013 this changed. Ukrainian police forces started to look the other way as far-right scum attacked leftists, ethnic minorities and Soviet monuments. The Poroshenko regime officially banned the communist ideology which was fully supported by Svoboda, the new name of the Social-National Party of Ukraine. Under its new name and with 15.000 members, Svoboda is the biggest far-right party in the nation. Like many Ukrainian nationalists, the far-right party is more popular in western Ukraine compared to eastern Ukraine. During the uprising against Yanukovich most regions in the west supported his overthrow!
The western world is fully supportive of the Kiev regime, which is undemocratic and not free. Banning the communist ideology means that even anti-Stalinist communists are not free to express themselves. Symbols of socialism like the red star are banned, singing The Internationale is also not allowed. Meanwhile the far-right nationalists who fought with Hitler against Stalin are glorified by the state. You are not allowed to speak negatively about the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA), the anti-Soviet nationalists who killed 100.000 ethnic Pols in Volhynia and Eastern Galicia, between 1943 and 1945. The banner of the UPA is even allowed to be flown from government buildings in Kiev and it was used during the Euromaidan. This is why many leftists had difficulties supporting the demonstrations. Despite calling for the overthrow of a authoritarian leader, the demonstrators were ethnic nationalist, anti-Russian and pro-western. Next to the UPA banner the anti-Yanukovich opposition used the EU flag and are calling for Ukraine to join the neoliberal European Union!
NATO has started to arm Ukraine, now that Poroshenko has moved his country out of Russia’s sphere of influence. The old Soviet style police and army uniforms have been replaced by American style uniforms and it is clear that in the future, NATO will be the main supplier for arms. Despite that Ukraine is a very poor nation, the government has increased its military budget with three billion dollars. In 2013 the army was given 3,6 billion, now the budget is 6,3 billion U.S dollars. Poroshenko is spending a lot of money on the army, while the working class is suffering poverty. It is said that over 60% of all Ukrainians were living in relative poverty last year. Around 30% to 40% are worse off as they must experience absolute poverty. This includes many elderly who are not supported by the state in any way. With the banning of communism, the Kiev regime hopes that it can destroy the only alternative to their corrupt oligarchy. For socialists it is indeed difficult working in Ukraine. Fighting for socialism is often translated as fighting for Russia as Russians are portrayed by the media as ”communists”. Many pro-Russian separatists are using Soviet symbols, despite the fact that these were not created for great Russian chauvinism!
Svoboda is doing much more then just political work. They are indoctrinating their youth with Ukrainian nationalism, hatred of Russians and leftism. Their youth camps are getting government money, which means that the Ukrainian state is paying for camps in which children are brainwashed into hating Russians. The same scenario is happening in Donetsk and Lugansk were Russian separatists are enforcing hatred of ethnic Ukrainians because of these fascists. Since the Azov Special Operations Unit is part of the National Guard, it was also visited by western officers from the U.S Army. American soldiers were smiling and talking to men who give the Hitler salute and proudly claim their hatred for Jews and Russians (off-course not in front of their western allies). The U.S government is not stupid and knows that far-right forces are part of the Ukrainian Army. But since Ukraine fights Russia, Washington DC supports them. The enemy of my enemy is my friend and America is still playing by this line!
Ukraine is not a fascist state as Russian state media claims. But far-right politicians are part of the government and hold important functions in the Kiev regime. Andriy Parubiy for example is the founder of the Social-National Party of Ukraine. In 1994, he was wearing a Nazi style uniform while parading his Storm-troopers down Kiev. Parubiy also led the ”Patriots of Ukraine”, a fascist paramilitary group linked to his Social-National Party of Ukraine. After 2004 he traded his Nazi uniform for a typical business suit. Now in 2018, Andriy Parubiy is a member of the right-wing: People’s Front. A party made up of far-right politicians who may not use Nazi symbols, but who’s ideology is ethnic nationalist and deeply anti-democratic. Parubiy was made chairman of the Supreme Council of Ukraine (parliament) and visited many western countries. No western government criticized him for the fact that between 1994 and 2004, he called Jews the biggest enemy of Ukraine. Opposition to his visits only came from the European left-wing, who were denounced by the Ukrainian state media as ”agents of Vladimir Putin”.
Revolutionary socialists stand in complete opposition to president Poroshenko and his far-right allies like Andriy Parubiy. However unlike some leftists in Russia we do not support the separatists. These militias in eastern Ukraine are driven by the same ethnic nationalism as the Azov Special Operations Unit. Donetsk and Lugansk are govern by people who rely on Russia to survive. Also we must not forget that Russian fascists are fighting too, on the side of the so called ”people’s republics”. A far-right group known as Russian National Unity led by Alexander Barkashov has send its members to fight in eastern Ukraine. It is therefore clear that fascist scum is fighting on both sides. The Russian state media may claim that the separatists are fighting a fascist state, but that is not reality. Fascists are used as shock-troopers by the oligarchies of Putin and Poroshenko to divide the working class. Ukrainian and Russian workers need to brake free from the poison that is ethnic nationalism, if they never want to be out of poverty and insecurity caused by the capitalist system!