Nearly three weeks after the start of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, with more than three million refugees, Vladimir Putin’s troops continue to advance, leaving a trail of corpses in their wake.
The reason offered by the Russian president to justify the war was to “denazify” the neighbouring country and, although it was taken as an excuse by the world, the truth is that within the Ukrainian army there are indeed factions linked to Hitler’s ideology.
One of them is the Azov Battalion, one of the most dangerous groups fighting against Russian troops.
Azov is a far-right all-volunteer infantry military unit whose members – estimated at 900 – are ultra-nationalists and accused of harbouring neo-Nazi and white supremacist ideology.
Initially, Azov was a volunteer militia that formed in the city of Berdyansk to support the Ukrainian army in its fight against pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukraine. Some of its fighters came from the small but active far-right group Pravyi Sektor (Right Sector), whose core members were from eastern Ukraine and spoke Russian. Originally, they had even advocated the unity of East Slavic peoples: Russians, Belarusians, and Ukrainians. Some were soccer ultras, others were active in nationalist circles.
Their ‘exploits’ include their participation in the massacre of May 2, 2014, in the assault on the House of Trade Unions in Odessa or the attacks and murders that take place in the Donbas. They are known for burning a person alive in 2015 and for staging some of the worst massacres during the Ukrainian conflict.
Azov Battalion was one of the several volunteer forces that took the job of fighting the separatists that the army seemingly did not want to do.
Today, a video where Azov members captured separatists in Dnipro, became a hit on social networks. The video shows a soldier playing the tune from “Terminator 2: Judgement Day”
Watch the video below:
Russians say that there are more Nazi sympathizers in Ukraine!
Some Ukrainians on the other hand say that the horrors of Russia’s invasion show that if any country needs to be denazified, it is Russia. Its war has brought devastation to Russian-speaking cities like Kharkiv and Mariupol and widespread suffering to Kyiv.