Formed:March 20141Disbanded:ActiveFirst Attack:April 20142Last Attack:2022OVERVIEWThe Azov Battalion is an extreme-right nationalist paramilitary organization based in Ukraine.Founded in 2014, the group promotes Ukrainian nationalism and neo-Nazism through its National Militia paramilitary organization and National Corps political wing. It is notable for its recruitment of far-right foreign fighters from the U.S. and Europe as well as its extensive transnational ties with other far-right organizations. In 2022, the group came to prominence again for fighting against Russian forces in Kyiv, Kharkiv, and Mariupol.
TheAzov Battalion formed in March 2014 as a volunteer brigade to fight Russian-backed separatist in Donetsk and Luhansk.34The battalion’s origins lie in the extreme-right “Patriot of Ukraine” militant organization. In 2005, Andriy Biletsky created the Kharkiv-based Patriot of Ukraine (PU) to champion white nationalist, anti-immigrant extreme-right ideas in Ukraine. In November 2008, Biletsky created the umbrella Social Nationalist Assembly (SNA) movement.5The movement was a derivative of
the earlier political party Social-National Party of Ukraine (SNPU), which later became known as Svoboda. The SNA contained members from a collection of nationalist and extreme-right groups in Ukraine which promoted a neo-Nazi ideology.6The PU became the de facto armed wing of the SNA.
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2. Zelensky’s appeal to Israel (Which didn’t go over as well as it did everywhere else apparently)
3. (Item 3 removed as it was essentially a repeat of Russian propaganda)
Vídeo with 3 Mariupol residents. Same accounts. Azov put artillery in residential areas, used civilians as human shields. Ukraine troops stopped people from leaving and the DNR and Russian troops rescue them. Azov used civilian buildings to fire on Russian troops. pic.twitter.com/hOXRjgKzpT
— Juan Sinmiedo (@Youblacksoul) March 20, 2022
MUCH more at the link above.
No link for this yet, but looking:
Zelensky just banned 11 opposition political parties, and consolidated all private media outlets under a single state broadcaster.
4. This reminds me a lot of something in the Middle East:
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