Reuters (finally) realize there are Nazis in Ukraine

by Kit

Please note flags of the Azov Battalion, centre, NATO left, and Nazi, right. None of these people existed until Wednesday.


Two days ago Reuters published this report, headlined “How Trump can show he’s tough on anti-Semitism”. I’m not sure why Trump – who has never been called an anti-Semite before, never publicly criticised Israel and whose daughter and son-in-law are both Jewish – suddenly needs to show he’s “tough” on anti-Semitism, but apparently he does.
How is Mr Trump going to achieve this? He’s going to denounce Ukraine…because the government is endorsing fascism.
For the sake of brevity I will present a bullet point list of the Ukrainian issues that so trouble the article’s author, Josh Cohen:

  • “…local authorities [in Kiev] recently voted to rename a major street after a former Nazi collaborator and anti-Semite named Roman Shukhevych.”
  • “In 2015, Ukraine passed a law honoring the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists and its military wing, the Ukrainian Insurgent Army, (OUN-UPA)”
  • “Numerous Holocaust memorial sites – including Babi Yar, where over 33,000 Jews were slaughtered by the Nazis – have been vandalized or desecrated by anti-Semitic graffiti and swastikas.”
  • “…the Ukrainian Institute of National Memory (UINM) is drafting a law to posthumously exonerate OUN-UPA members convicted of murdering Polish and Jewish civilians during and after the war.”
  • “The elevation of OUN-UPA has been accompanied by a growing number of anti-Semitic incidents in Ukraine.”
  • “A retired general affiliated with Ukraine’s security services called for the destruction of the country’s Jews;”
  • “…a Ukrainian official called Ukraine’s SS Galizien division – created with the support of Heinrich Himmler – “heroes””

These statements will no doubt shock people who only ever read the mainstream media during the right-wing coup and beginning of the subsequent civil war in Ukraine. During that period the MSM was devoting a large part of its resources to dispelling the “myth” that Ukraine was full of Nazis, deriding the notion as “Russian propaganda”, and dismissing those that said it as “Putinbots”.
Indeed, the below-the-line suppression of discussion on this topic is the main reason this website even exists.
In the Atlantic, in 2014, Ukrainian Nazis were dismissed as a “phantom menace”. Luke Harding wrote a (brilliantly argued) column in the Guardian saying that “there weren’t any Nazis in Ukraine because one of the Maidan protesters was Jewish.” Politico magazine mocked “Putin’s Imaginary Nazis”, whilst US News warned against Russia’s “Neo-Nazi Propaganda”. The Guardian simply headlined: “Don’t believe the Russian propaganda about Ukraine’s ‘fascist’ protesters!
There never were Nazis in Ukraine.
Except now there are.
(This textbook example of double-think is never addressed in the article, which can’t even fully accept the truth itself, referring to the “brave guerilla war” fought by the fascist UON after WW2, with no reference to the CIA funding they received, or the war crimes they carried out.)
Three years later the fascism that it is being nurtured in Ukraine is acknowledged as a political reality. Why? Because of the violence being visited on the people of East Ukraine? No. Because of the terrorist attacks carried out against the people of Crimea? No. But because it is a handy political angle to attack a president who must be undermined at every turn in the news cycle.
Interestingly, Obama was never called on to “denounce” Ukraine’s fascists, despite his strong support for the government of Poroshenko, whose cabinet was full of fringe politicians from far right parties that got less than 2% of the vote. John McCain, who has had many pleasant photo-ops with far-right figures in Ukraine, has never been publicly called out in the media. John Kerry and Victoria “fuck the EU” Nuland, who had actual, hands-on control of the formation of Ukraine’s new government, have never been questioned on their non-denunciation of anti-Semitism.
It seems the Nazis of Ukraine pop into and out of existence depending on political convenience.


Kit Knightly is co-editor of OffGuardian. The Guardian banned him from commenting. Twice. He used to write for fun, but now he's forced to out of a near-permanent sense of outrage.

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Kit Knightly is co-editor of OffGuardian. The Guardian banned him from commenting. Twice. He used to write for fun, but now he's forced to out of a near-permanent sense of outrage.

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How strange that they ever did it. Judging by their inner instructions, no one should know anything about actual suppressors of ethnic minorities and their sponsors in Ukraine. http://www.articlesreader.com/initiatives-of-ukrainian-ministry-of-interior-to-worsen-life-of-ethnic-minorities-in-ukraine/

Claus Erik Winther Oreskov
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The EU, NATO and the United States support the extreme right wing in Ukraine, Georgia, Poland and the Baltic countries – therefore, Nazism has grown up there. Apart from that, people in these countries are not much more Nazi than in other countries. It is us who distort the political situation in former Eastern Europe.

mohandeer
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Claus. Interesting. In England we have had huge numbers of Poles and Ukrainians. I’ve worked with quite a few and the general consensus seems to be a dislike of Russia but also often each other. Only a few have “hated” Russia and only a few “hated” Poles/Ukrainians. What is interesting though, is that all of them denounced the Nazis vehemently. I’m going back some forty and more years, but as far as I know, the next generation, for the most part, don’t seem to have regressed and seem oblivious to their own history. Of course you do get the obligatory… Read more »

Pokas
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“The views expressed in this article are not those of Reuters News.”
Did you even read an article fully?

Jen
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Jen

Did you read Kit’s article properly? He did refer to the author of the article published by Reuters by name.

John
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John

Look at the headline above of this article: ‘Reuters (finally) realize there are Nazis in Ukraine.’ The article was not a Reuters product but the product of Israel Firster hasbaraist Josh Cohen. offGuardian should have made it clear the original article was not written by Reuters staff. It would be correct to say a former USAID official has now acknowledged the presence of neo-nazis in Ukraine. I am speculating now but it is my belief that Ukraine is the real spiritual homeland of the Ashkenazim – not Israel. That may help to explain why Cohen is so apparently hot and… Read more »

mohandeer
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Hi John. Reuters most certainly is aware of Cohen’s claim but they were careful to add the old addendum of the views expressed as his not necessarily those of Reuters(hence avoiding blowback)in the original article as per the link provided. Perhaps they just assumed people would know that Cohen does not belong to the Reuters op-ed staff? Liked the suggested title – former USAID official has now acknowledged the presence of neo-nazis in Ukraine, or “Reuters present article by Josh Cohen acknowledging Ukrainian Nazis” but it has nothing like the head line grabbing sensationalism of “Reuters (finally) realize there are… Read more »

Pokas
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Ahh… Lol, OUN-UPA were nationalistic, not nazi. Their members were from different countries and there were even a few known jews in those organisations, what are you talking about? 😀
They were fighting for Ukraine’s freedom from Nazis and USSR.

mohandeer
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BigBG. Thanks for trying. Just wondering why Josh Cohen is coming out with this kind of article – still haven’t figured him out but John made a comment above that might be worth considering. John’s reference was to the origins of the Ashkenazim being European, specifically Ukraine, rather than Judean, something I could easily be persuaded with references and links, to believe(since I already suspect it to be true). Yulia Tymoshenko, is not, to my knowledge, supportive of the fascist and nazi agenda and even Putin has praised her policies (circa 2005) hence my interest in Tymoshenko and any connection… Read more »

BigB
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BigB

I wouldn’t trust Tymoshenko, she’s an undeclared Banderite – probably to fool the EU into accepting Ukraine. She is also a Soros puppet, IMO. Don’t be taken in, the NeoCons have been long agitating for war in the Donbass – a war as much against EU as against Russia. Would love to elaborate, but longer comments don’t show up.

mohandeer
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Thanks BigB. I couldn’t put any trust in a multi billionaire whose husband has probably embezzled millions of Russians and Ukrainians to get herself named one of the richest women in the world(Time or Phorbes?) In some respects, any further developments in Ukraine which takes the country in the direction away from nazis and towards warmer relations with Russia, is probably only ever going to be the lesser of two evils. Am I right in believing she had a deal with Yushenko that she would be PM and him President(or t’other way round) and he ratted on her? It was… Read more »

BigB
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BigB

Ukrainian history? Yuschenko intstigated the Institute for National Memory; Bandera is a nationalist freedom fighter and hero; the ‘Holodomor’ was a genocide; the Holocaust never happened: that’s what they teach – and you can’t say other: by law. Ukrainian ‘history’ is 12 years old and made up!!

Seamus Padraig
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Seamus Padraig

Except for the time when they were fighting with the Nazis. You also failed to mention the Galizien-SS.

Paolo
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Paolo

“The Israeli army is in regular communication with rebel groups and its assistance includes undisclosed payments to commanders that help pay salaries of fighters and buy ammunition and weapons, according to interviews with about half a dozen Syrian fighters”. This news did the rounds about 10 days ago I think. Yesterday I saw a pro Israel street demonstration. Someone was holding a banner proclaiming “No wages for terrorists”. I wondered if this was some kind of Israeli debate criticising paying anti Assad fighters, but no, I saw another banner claiming the US was funding Hamas. Reminds me of the accusations… Read more »

John
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John

Most zionist apologists are usually pretty thick.
One who attended a film screening in London – when told he was a zionist Jack Ruby – asked “Who is Jack Ruby?”
You couldn’t make up the stupidity and ignorance of the average rank-and-file zionist sympathiser.
They have no real grasp of real world history and world events.
All their heads can hold is simplistic hasbara propaganda fed to them from childhood.
Not everyone evolves in the course of a lifetime – and they certainly don’t!

CF
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CF

Does anyone know what happened to “Yats?” The last I heard he was sighted in Argentina(?) Anyone?

Jen
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Jen

I believe he lives in the United States. He was once accused of having bought 24 expensive villas in Miami.

Paolo
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Paolo

The last I heard he was shopping for a hair transplant and contact lenses.

bevin
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bevin

The last I heard was that the Russian government was accusing him of torturing Russian soldiers in the Chechen war.

mohandeer
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Reblogged this on Worldtruth and commented:
Poroshenko wears his SS badge on the lapel of his overcoat and NATO troops were mugging for a photograph standing beneath a swastika flag. The Azov Battalion is proud of it’s nazi ideology as is the Galizia division and Hitler’s youth camps are alive and kicking as “special” schools teaching young Ukrainians how to be good little nazis.
Other than these pro SS Waffen and swastika symbol thousands, there are no nazis in Ukraine – got that?

michaelk
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michaelk

When I saw a large poster hanging inside the Ukrainian parliament building of Bandera, the leader of the Ukranian facists during WW2 and a person allied with the Nazis, I imagined that even the dumbest prick working for the Guardian, people who couldn’t have found Lvov on the map a few years ago… would have understood that something important was happening in Ukraine, like, for the first time in almost three quarters of a century armed fascist militias had toppled a democratically elected government in Europe and were marching again and in positions of real power in a European state.… Read more »

Paolo
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Paolo

The Guardian gave Luke Harding a job as German correspondent about 10 years ago and sent him to Berlin. His first article was all about how he couldn’t speak a word of german.

Dennis Revell
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😉

mohandeer
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Most of the toilet rags are “owned” by some organisation with deep pockets and their affiliations are not nearly as obvious as Rupert Murdoch press outlets. The only thing they have in common is a willingness to be bought and paid for, a total lack of either morals or scruples and a hide thicker than tree bark with which to deflect the disgust and disdain so many heap on them. When your only interests are your own, it’s easy to be a total plank.

Simon Roberts
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Simon Roberts

“How do these people get and hold these positions in our media?”
Having no integrity and willing to prostitute themselves as shills for the Military Industrial Complex. If these people weren’t doing it I’m sure there would be plenty of others to do it instead.

BigBG
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BigBG

UkroNazis pop into view on the W$M’s radar screen – only to disappear? Remind’s me of MH-17. Now you see it; now you don’t. Thinking out loud, reading the above – I did wonder whether the ‘recent’ appearance of the Nazis might not be aimed at Trump – but Poroshenko? Or both? Another Sorosite coup? Opposition leader, and “Queen of the Orange Revolution” Yulia Tymoshenko recently took a (not so) secret trip to Washington; ostensibly to meet Trump for the second time. Since she’s been back, she’s set about undermining Poroshenko – including a (stunt) impeachment. Not too hard to… Read more »

mohandeer
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Julia Tymoshenko has probably been trying to get back into office since her last attempt(I think 2010)only got her approximately 5% of the popular vote. Since then she has been to see Putin regarding her hubbies company and what the two of them got up to and she did not wind up being prosecuted by Putin. Was a deal cut, I wonder? It may be that she feels that she is in a better position to gain popular vote, than she did 2010-2014. I don’t know the sentiment of the western Ukraine people, but if my information is correct, those… Read more »

Dennis Revell
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:
To summarise: If you’re not confused, you don’t understand the problem ….
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mohandeer
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Dennis Revell:
Couldn’t have put it better myself. Since early 2000 Ukraine politics has been a total mucking fuddle and yes – I’m very definitely confused as to what the myriad parties are actually offering.

BigBG
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BigBG

@mohandeer: have tried several times to post a reply: now it says “duplicate post” – so no can do. 🙁

John
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John

It is of interest to note that the person who wrote the Reuters comment article is a ‘Josh Cohen, a former USAID project officer involved in managing economic reform projects in the former Soviet Union.’
Can someone please remind me what the Hebrew term “hasbara” means?

John
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John

Reuters disclaimer at the end of the article: ‘The views expressed in this article are not those of Reuters News.’
Even they don’t want to be associated with Cohen’s ill-informed comment.
Presumably, it was Cohen himself who “crafted” the headline?

Greg Bacon
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What’s next, the MSM admitting that Russia is actually fighting ISIS in Syria, while the USA pretends to fight those thugs, but actually gives them aid, weapons, air support and political cover?

Frank
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Frank

Roman Shukhevych was, in fact, the C-in-C of the UPA which in turn was the military wing of OUN-B headed by Stepan Bandera. It was Shukhevych who was responsible for the UPA’s campaign of pogroms and genocide in Volhynia and Eastern Galicia from 1943-45 killing tens of thousands of Jews, Russians, and particularly Poles. The UPA soldiered on until early in the 1950s until it was finally wiped out by Soviet forces. Bandera himself was assassinated in Munich in 1958 by a KGB hitman. The other collaborationist anti-Soviet outfit was the 14th Waffen SS division Galicia, which recruited locally in… Read more »

mohandeer
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Many thanks for this information Frank, sounds like you know your facts. This sort of insight is usually accomplished by people like myself after many hours of trawling through my library, by which time the article I am looking to respond to is last weeks news. Excellent contribution.

Yonatan
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Yonatan

Wait until they find out who supports Pravy Sektor, another neo-Nazi group led by Dmitry Yarosh, a designated terrorist in Russia.
https://z5h64q92x9.net/proxy_u/ru-en.en/colonelcassad.livejournal.com/2964250.html
But, but, but … that’s unpossible!

tutisicecream
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The Guardian has been totally partisan about Ukraine in supporting the Nazis who grabbed power through what has been described as “the most blatant coup in history”, by none other than George Friedman, the founder and CEO of Stratfor one of the shadow CIA contractors. Throughout their whole racist and Russo-phobic coverage the Guardian has provided a steady stream of misinformation, propaganda and lies. As Kit states many of those who have been deleted from their comments section have been called Putinbots, purely for pointing out contra-indicative facts and information. The most deplorable of all has been Luke Harding, who… Read more »

archie1954
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Pop into and out of existence? Unfortunately the Nazi loving fascists have been around Kiev since WWII and everyone knew it but didn’t say anything. This terrible ideology must be squelched once and for all and only Russia seems to be interested in doing it.

tutisicecream
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Your comment I agree with, but I think Kit in the above article was referring to the issue of Nazis in Ukraine in the WMSM popping in and out of existence.

mohandeer
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Further to your observation is the certain knowledge that both Britain and the US have cultivated alliances with Nazi ideology whenever it suited their purposes, going back some hundred years. The MSM has been infiltrated to such an extent, that scripting alternative reality as though it had any basis in fact, is now referred risibly, as journalism and news, always serving an establishment’s agenda(Tory Right/Labour Right – whoever is paying the piper). Thanks also for the comment above and accompanying link. I was so impressed that I’ll probably quote it as a comment “Excerpt” when I repost this OffG article… Read more »

Mark
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mohandeer
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Mark. Many thanks for the links. It does not however, dissipate the fact that Cohen, has and always will be anti Russian. But as another commenter here has already stated, any exposing of the Ukrainian lie regarding the OUN/UPA is better than sweeping it under the carpet. I still have a vivid recollection of photo’s of the victims as the nazi Ukrainian extremists had left them after murdering entire villages and “posing” them (often with stakes) obscenely “for fun”. Josh Cohen cannot change who or what he is (a leopard cannot change it’s spots) but at least he is doing… Read more »

Dead World Walking
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Dead World Walking

Politics is the dark art of expedience. Anything can be justified by lies told often enough.
And what of the anti-humanity of the ruling psychopaths? When will they be brought to trial for their orchestrated genocides?

susannapanevin
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Reblogged this on Susanna Panevin.