In December 2013 Senator John McCain met in Kiev with the now-Prime-Minister of Ukraine, Arseniy Yatsenyuk of the Batkivshchnya Party, and Oleh Tyahnybok, leader of the Svoboda (Freedom) Party. Svoboda is reportedly the fourth largest political party in the coalition government which has now joined with Batkivshchnya. Svoboda is widely considered to be ultra-nationalist with more than a tad of Neo-Nazi-Skinhead-leanings. Take a look at Tyahnybok giving the ‘heil’ salute on the occasion of his re-election as Svoboda leader. This is the man McCain met with, whose party is said to be supported by the U.S. and the E.U. In the meantime, Ukranian Jewish leaders are warning Jews, some 300,000 mostly living in Kiev, to get out of the city, and the country, if possible.
Reuters identifies the following photo as:
Activists of the Svoboda (Freedom) Ukrainian nationalist party shout slogans as they take part in a rally marking the 71st anniversary of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA), which fought both Nazi and Soviet forces in World War Two, and the feast of the Protecting Veil of the Mother of God in central Kiev, October 14, 2013. (REUTERS/ Gleb Garanich) Source: Russia Today
Western media started writing about the skeletons rattling in the closet of Ukraine’s “democratic opposition” mainly in the last couple of days, after Senator John McCain took his usual traveling Neocon circus to the Ukraine and was photographed with some individuals of questionable connections. …
“Do you know what is the “right wing” of the “Euro-Square” in Kiev?” — asks “Polish Ukraine” activist Wiesław Tokarczuk (name is Polish, surname Ukrainian) in a December 9 article in Kresy.pl, entitled “Racism and anti-Semitism in the Kiev Pro-European Union Demonstration Square”. “I have not heard anything in the Polish media about that, but there are troglodyte weirdos there from hell — from the world of Hitler, [Ukrainian fascist leader] Bandera, and Mussolini.”
In the photo above, you see a poster of Stepan Bandera, the Ukranian WWII leader of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN). He is seen by some as a martyred freedom fighter, whom the Soviets assassinated, and by others as a WWII Nazi collaborator. Ousted Ukraine President Viktor Yuschenko recently honored Bandera as a “Hero of Ukraine” to the outrage of the European Parliament, Russia, and the Simon Wiesenthal Center:
In a letter to Oleh Shamshur, Ukraine’s Ambassador to the United States, Mark Weitzman, the Wiesenthal Center’s Director of Government Affairs, expressed “deepest revulsion at the recent honor awarded to Stepan Bandera, who collaborated with the Nazis in the early stages of World War II, and whose followers were linked to the murders of thousands of Jews and others. It is surely a travesty when such an honor is granted right at the period when the world pauses to remember the victims of the Holocaust on January 27.” Read more.
Russia Today has a column quoting a journalist-photographer saying Oleh Tyahnybok, a “neo-Nazi,” is a man ready to seize power from whomever is in power and has both the intelligence and charisma to make it happen.
With growing popularity of neo-Nazi Oleg Tyahnybok, leader of the Ukrainian far-right Svoboda party, Ukraine is falling into an extremely dangerous situation, journalist and blogger Graham Phillips told RT.
“We are looking at a tinder box which might go up and we are looking at a man [Tyahnybok] who’s standing there and waiting for that to happen,” Phillips said, describing the current situation in Ukraine…
“Tyahnybok is waiting for the other leaders to knock themselves out and then he’s going to step over them to seize control. It’s a very big likelihood. He is just staying behind, observing the situation and he’s quite prepared to let his enemies rip out each other’s throats. He’s in a very powerful position and has a dominating role in Ukrainian politics. He’s taking a back seat but he is waiting and playing a waiting game, waiting for the right time to make his move. Believe me, he has something up his sleeve, and this is something intrinsic in terms of the future of Ukraine,” he said. Source: Russia Today, December 19, 2013
Svoboda is one of four major parties of the coalition Ukrainian government. As with all things concerning the history of these countries which have been lead by many, and split and spliced together in new designs for centuries, the Ukraine is complicated and I am not capable of finding all the links or chinks in the Ukraine-Russia chain, but I see numerous sites reporting that the U.S. and the EU support Svoboda, which this site says has now coalesced with other parties, creating a dangerous mix, and this mix, which includes Arseniy Yatsenyuk, controls the Armed Forces, National security, Justice and Education. I’ve also read that Svoboda ‘kicked the Nazis out of the party,’ but again, take a look at the party leader’s ‘heil’ salute.
A photo breaking today (see below) around the InterTubes shows alleged Ukranian nationalists wearing t-shirts saying “Beat the Yids,” “Yids” being a hostile term for Jews.
Notice the flag in the above photo:
Tokarczuk relays that Web-posted photographs show Eurosquare’s protesters with the Wolf’s Claw emblem: the contemporary equivalent of the swastika. “They are members of the paramilitary organization “Ukrainian Patriot” and of the nationalist Svoboda [“Freedom”] Party. They are waving flags of the fascist troops of UPA and OUN, symbols of a sick ideology and of genocide.” He relays that none of the leaders or prominent foreign supporters of the pro-European Union demonstrations have distanced themselves from their strong Nazizoid element. Source: Gates of Vienna
Ukraine’s Chief Rabbi, Moshe Reuben Asman, has warned the Jews in Ukraine, mostly residing in the Kiev area, to get out of the city, and out of Ukraine, if possible:
“I told my community to get out of the city and if possible out of the state…there are many warnings about planned attacks against Jewish institutions,” Asman said, adding, “We have been told by the Israeli Embassy to not go outside.”
Many members of Kiev’s Jewish community live within walking distance of the main square in the city that has recently become the focus of anti-government riots. In recent days, chaos has gripped the area following the escalation of violence between government security forces and members of the opposition, with institutions around the city closing and subways no longer operating.
While Chief Rabbi Asman has been forced to close down the city’s Jewish schools, he continues to conduct three prayer services daily in his synagogue. “The situation here is dire,” said Yossi Asman, a Chabad yeshiva student and son of the chief rabbi. “We have been gathering up families and shuttling them out to safer neighborhoods.”
Yesterday a synagogue in eastern Ukraine sustained damage from firebombs hurled at it. The firebombs hit the Giymat Rosa Synagogue in Zaporizhia, located 250 miles southeast of Kiev.
Edward Dolinsky, head of the umbrella organization responsible for Ukraine’s Jews, said the city’s dwindling food supply has provoked a state of panic among Kiev’s inhabitants. “We have appealed to [Israeli] Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman to please help us protect our community,” Dolinsky added.
Ukraine has a Jewish population of 360,000 – 400,000 people, with roughly a quarter of all the country’s Jews residing in Kiev, according to the European Jewish Congress. Read more here.
Above is Senator John McCain (R-AZ) standing with Oleh Tyahnybok, and you have to wonder if he has a clue what he is doing. He didn’t, and still does not today, as he stood with and supported the under-funded Free Syrian Army, led by now deposed General Salim Idriss. At the time McCain and Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) met with Idriss, who has said publicly that Israel is his enemy, there was the real fear that his leadership was leaving a vacuum for al-Qaeda or al-Qaeda-connected networks to be welcomed-in with cash and manpower.
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