Russia and Ukraine agreed on a temporary ceasefire and the opening of humanitarian corridors to allow civilians to leave. The Ukr-nazis blocked the civilian passage. These thugs need the civilians as leverage- Their presence keeps these hateful killers safe. There is no advantage to Russia to impede the civilian passage. It is a detriment to have ordinary persons present.
Ukrainian nationalist units block evacuation in Donbass region
The Russian Defence Ministry denounced on Saturday that Ukrainian nationalist units are not allowing the local civilian population and foreign citizens to leave the cities of Mariupol and Volnovaja (Donbass region) through the agreed humanitarian corridors.
The message comes shortly after Russia announced earlier in the day a temporary ceasefire and the opening of the humanitarian corridors agreed with Ukraine to ensure the exit of civilians from these cities.
“Unfortunately, as of today, we have reliable information that none of the 200,000 refugees from Mariupol or the 15,000 from Volnovaja have reached the open humanitarian corridors,” said the head of the National Defence Management Centre, Colonel General Mikhail Mikhail Myzintsev.
He said that humanitarian corridors were opened “daily” in the direction of these cities, as well as in the case of Kharkov and Sumy, but that “nationalist battalions categorically prevent” attempts by civilians to leave in the direction of Russia.
Mariuopal is the home base for the brutal thugs.
The unit was initially formed as a volunteer group in May 2014 out of the ultra-nationalist Patriot of Ukraine gang, and the neo-Nazi Social National Assembly (SNA) group. Both groups engaged in xenophobic and neo-Nazi ideals and physically assaulted migrants, the Roma community and people opposing their views.
A few months after recapturing the strategic port city of Mariupol from the Russian-backed separatists, the unit was officially integrated into the National Guard of Ukraine on November 12, 2014, and exacted high praise from then-President Petro Poroshenko.
“These are our best warriors,” he said at an awards ceremony in 2014. “Our best volunteers.”
So claimed the chocolate king!
Who founded Azov?
The unit was led by Andriy Biletsky, who served as the the leader of both the Patriot of Ukraine (founded in 2005) and the SNA (founded in 2008). The SNA is known to have carried out attacks on minority groups in Ukraine.
Before becoming part of Ukraine’s armed forces, who funded Azov?
The unit received backing from Ukraine’s interior minister in 2014, as the government had recognised its own military was too weak to fight off the pro-Russian separatists and relied on paramilitary volunteer forces.
These forces were privately funded by oligarchs – the most known being Igor Kolomoisky, (Jewish– dual citizenship) an energy magnate billionaire and then-governor of the Dnipropetrovska region.
In addition to Azov, Kolomoisky funded other volunteer battalions such as the Dnipro 1 and Dnipro 2, Aidar and Donbas units.
Azov received early funding and assistance from another oligarch: Serhiy Taruta, the billionaire governor of Donetsk region.
The unit has denied it adheres to Nazi ideology as a whole, but Nazi symbols such as the swastika and SS regalia are rife on the uniforms and bodies of Azov members.
The Trudeau regime sure stands by those that wave around swastikas!! Birds of a feather, I guess?
For example, the uniform carries the neo-Nazi Wolfsangel symbol, which resembles a black swastika on a yellow background. The group said it is merely an amalgam of the letters “N” and “I” which represent “national idea”.
Individual members have professed to being neo-Nazis, and hardcore far-right ultra-nationalism is pervasive among members.
Human rights violations and war crimes
A 2016 report by the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OCHA) has accused the Azov regiment of violating international humanitarian law.
The report detailed incidents over a period from November 2015-February 2016 where Azov had embedded their weapons and forces in used civilian buildings, and displaced residents after looting civilian properties. The report also accused the battalion of raping and torturing detainees in the Donbas region.
ALjaz is reporting Canada has disavowed it’s alliance with these thugs. Talk is cheap. As Canada has continued to support these torturing, rapists and killers
Just yesterday the toxic role of social media was mentioned
The oscillation of Facebook
In 2016, Facebook first designated the Azov regiment a “dangerous organisation”
Under the company’s Dangerous Individuals and Organizations policy, Azov was banned from its platforms in 2019. The group was placed under Facebook’s Tier 1 designation, which includes groups such as the Ku Klux Klan and ISIL (ISIS). Users engaging in praise, support or representation of Tier 1 groups are also banned.
However, on February 24, the day Russia launched its invasion, Facebook reversed its ban, saying it would allow praise for Azov.
It’s okay to praise murderous thugs as long as they are on the right side. The side being cheered on by NATO media. Murders? Rapes? Whaaat ever!