Goes further and says there are no right-wingers currently serving in Ukrainian Parliament
Ukraine's ambassador to Germany, Andriy Melnyk (Western Ukrainian from Lvov), made a shocking statement on Günther Jauch's TV show, one of the most popular political talk shows in Germany.
Answering the question about the large presence of "strange people with SS insignia" in the Ukrainian Army, Melnyk admitted that Azov and Right Sector neo-Nazis are part of the Ukrainian armed forces, that they are controlled and coordinated by Kiev's pro-Western regime and that without them "the Russian army" would advance much further.
Let's now carefully analyze his statement:
"Since the last elections there is not a single far right party in our Parliament. And this is important fact"
He is dead wrong on this. Extreme right-wing populist Lyahsko, of the Radical Party, entered the Parliament and is a member of the ruling coalition. Both leaders of Right Sector, Interpol-wanted Dmytro Yarosh and Borislav Bereza, were directly elected in their electoral districts and are currently serving as MPs.
Furthermore, white power Nazi and Azov de-facto leader Andriy Biletsky was also directly elected as an MP and is part of a coalition with Yatsenyuk's People's Front party. Next to Biletsky, Andriy Parubiy, founder of the Neo-Nazi Social-National Party of Ukraine is a MP and deputy chairman of the Ukrainian Rada (parliament).
So the far right elements are very much present in the Parliament and unfortunately not only in the Ukrainian Rada, but also in other important institutions. It seems that the whole Ukrainian political spectrum move radically to the right and one can argue whether there are any center-of-left leaning parties present in the current parliament?
Let's continue with his statement:
"When we were attacked by the Russians last year, we hardly had an army. And that's why there were a lot of people, volunteers, who were prepared to fight for their country, and they are doing it."
Nonsense (the part about Russia attacking Ukraine is of course baseless. If Ukraine was invaded, why don't they provide evidence, or declare war?) We can all clearly remember spring of the last year when many regular Ukrainian army units refused to wage a war against civilians who disagreed with Kiev's coup d'etat and Maidan revolution. The bloody civil war started only after the new regime manage to consolidate itself, formed, equipped and trained the National Guard units and volunteer battalions composed of far right/neo-Nazi volunteers.
Now comes to most shocking part of his statement:
"These (neo-Nazi) units are fighting together with our army, with the National Guard and other units, and they are coordinated and controlled by Kiev. That's why there exists no danger that they do something on their own, beyond they have coordinated with the army commanders".
It is hard to comprehend that the ambassador of a "young democracy" and potential EU member is openly admitting that they are coordinating and controlling neo-Nazis in their war against their own citizens. It is even more unbelievable that at the eve of celebrating 70th anniversary of defeating Nazis in Second World War, we have neo-Nazis as part of armed forces of an European country.
It is not a secret that the Neo-Nazi Azov battalion officially became special military unit of Ukraine's Ministry of the Interior and it is under its control. "Moderate" Poroshenko even decorated them for valor.
However, it is hard to agree with the statement that Kiev regime can fully control volunteer battalions. That was the reason the ambassador tried to change the subject and start questioning authenticity of the photo when he was once again asked to reaffirm that these neo-Nazi extremists are not doing anything wrong.
Just yesterday (19 February 2015), Semenchenko, commander of the Donbass battalion, announced the creation of an independent headquarters for eleven volunteer battalions, to counter Ukraine's regular army "Generalstab".
Yarosh's Right Sector units and Azov battalion announced that their military units have rejected the recent Minsk deal and that they will continue with active fighting in the East according to their own plans. That's the reason there are still heavy fights in Shirokino near Mariupol between the Azov battalion and Donetsk forces.
In one of the Amnesty’s reports, it is indicated that Kiev has loose regulation on volunteer groups and its “members... act with virtually no oversight or control”.
There are also reports that Poroshenko family had to flee the country since there was apparently ultimatum of the Right Sector to Poroshenko, that he “would suffer the same fate as Gaddafi” because of the Debaltseve humiliation.
Whoever think they can control Nazi marauders and other far-right bloodthirsty loonies should get ready for a nasty surprise.
The ambassador finished his statement with a very important notion:
"Without them (neo-Nazis) the Russian army would have advanced much further. That's why they are part of this picture. Without these units, it would be much more difficult to defend ourselves."
I would completely agree with the ambassador reasoning if there was no nonsense about the "Russian army". This regime can survive and defend itself only with the help of neo-Nazis militants and radicals. This is of course excluding their Western sponsors. If there was no "helping hand" from neo-Nazis and the West this war would be long time over.
It's a very tricky and risky game the Kiev regime is playing. On the one hand they are heavily dependent upon neo-Nazi volunteer battalions for their survival; on the other hand neo-Nazi militants can easily overthrow the president and government in Kiev.
Finally, if Kiev says it is controlling neo-Nazi battalions, shouldn't they be held responsible for the crimes committed by them? There are numerous reports about war crimes of nationalist volunteer battalions, even according to the Amnesty International and Human Right Watch. It's obvious that Ukrainian neo-Nazi marauders are not afraid of potential criminal proceedings against them since "full immunity" is a part of the deal they have with the Kiev regime.