It’s the NYT’s so we have to deal with the spin and perception management- Mockingbird is always mocking us. But, I’ll cut through the de·tri·tus (waste, debris, trash and sh*t) to get to the facts. The reality.
In my haste a salient point was missed- THE NAZI SYMBOLISM AND IDEOLOGY IN MODERN UKRAINE IS NOT SIMPLY A THORNY ISSUE OF HISTORY-
IT IS A PRESENT DAY PROBLEM. That present, here and now issue is the reason for the NYT’s report.
Troops’ use of patches bearing Nazi emblems risks fueling Russian propaganda (bolster Russian truth telling as well as the truths reported on by so many others) and spreading imagery that the West has spent a half-century trying to eliminate. (half truth- considering operation paperclip)
Since Russia began its invasion of Ukraine last year, the Ukrainian government and NATO allies have posted, then quietly deleted, three seemingly innocuous photographs from their social media feeds:
In each photograph, Ukrainians in uniform wore patches featuring symbols that were made notorious by Nazi Germany (and their Ukrainian allies then and now)
The photographs, and their deletions, highlight the Ukrainian military’s complicated relationship with Nazi imagery (And ideology)
The iconography of these groups, including a skull-and-crossbones patch worn by concentration camp guards and a symbol known as the Black Sun, now appears with some regularity on the uniforms of soldiers fighting on the front line.
“What worries me, in the Ukrainian context, is that people in Ukraine who are in leadership positions, either they don’t or they’re not willing to acknowledge and understand how these symbols are viewed outside of Ukraine,” said Michael Colborne, a researcher at the investigative group Bellingcat who studies the international far right. “I think Ukrainians need to increasingly realize that these images undermine support for the country.”
The useful idiot from Bellingcat is lamenting Ukraine’s love affair with Nazi symbology and ideology, because it’s bad for Western supporters of the Ukrainazis – Like Bellingcat, for example. It makes the imperialist look bad. It casts NATO in a very bad light.
So far, the imagery has not eroded international support for the war. It has, however, left diplomats, Western journalists and advocacy groups in a difficult position: Calling attention to the iconography risks playing into Russian propaganda. Saying nothing allows it to spread.
The imagery has not eroded international support because globalists support this type of imperialistic fascism. And the media has been covering up for the Ukrainazis
The New York Times asked the Ukrainian Defense Ministry on April 27 about the tweet. Several hours later, the post was deleted. “After studying this case, we came to the conclusion that this logo can be interpreted ambiguously,” the ministry said in a statement.
The soldier in the photograph was part of a volunteer unit called the Da Vinci Wolves, which started as part of the paramilitary wing of Ukraine’s Right Sector, a coalition of right-wing organizations and political parties that militarized after Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea. (Right Sector was militarized long before Crimea- so this is a fabrication by NYT’s)
At least five other photographs on the Wolves’ Instagram and Facebook pages feature their soldiers wearing Nazi-style patches, including the Totenkopf.
Last month, Ukraine’s state emergency services agency posted on Instagram a photograph of an emergency worker wearing a Black Sun symbol, also known as a Sonnenrad, that appeared in the castle of Heinrich Himmler, the Nazi general and SS director. The Black Sun is popular among neo-Nazis and white supremacists.
Both photographs were quickly removed.
In November, during a meeting with Times reporters near the front line, a Ukrainian press officer wore a Totenkopf variation made by a company called R3ICH (pronounced “Reich”). He said he did not believe the patch was affiliated with the Nazis. A second press officer present said other journalists had asked soldiers to remove the patch before taking photographs.
Factions from the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists and its insurgent army fought alongside the Nazis in what they viewed as a struggle for Ukrainian sovereignty. Members of those groups also took part in atrocities against Jewish and Polish civilians.
Some Ukrainians joined Nazi military units like the Waffen-SS Galizien. The emblem of the group, which was led by German officers, was a sky-blue patch showing a lion and three crowns. The unit took part in a massacre of hundreds of Polish civilians in 1944. In December, after a yearslong legal battle, Ukraine’s highest court ruled that a government-funded research institute could continue to list the unit’s insignia as excluded from the Nazi symbols banned under a 2015 law.
While the NYT’s acknowledges the problem not just with patches, but with ideology, the also continue to make excuses and justify the emblems, patches and the abusive ideology. As we all know the Ukrainazi’s have committed atrocities against the Russian populace of Ukraine- Just the facts.
As for Bellingcat? I’m sure they want to keep their profitable NATO allied disinfo group going.