Washington Post finally admits what role the “far-right” Azov Battalion is playing in Ukraine

Washington Post finally admits what role the “far-right” Azov Battalion is playing in Ukraine

Like most of the legacy media, the Washington Post allowed itself to be used as a conduit for fake news and disinformation by the deep state intelligence apparatus during Donald Trump’s term, publishing one false, unverified report after another to tarnish his ‘America First’ presidency.

Now that Trump is out of office, the Post, like the others, continues to serve as a propaganda outlet for the deep state, but occasionally, in order to keep up the appearance of being a legitimate news source, the paper is forced to publish accurate information.

Last week, the Post made an admission about the real purpose behind a military unit in Ukraine it had long dismissed as “Russian disinformation” and a “conspiracy theory,” as it — and most other media outlets — serves as cheerleaders for Kyiv, while also taking the opportunity to smear Republicans and conservatives in America.

In an article published on April 6th, 2022, the Post noted in its headline: “Right-wing Azov Battalion emerges as a controversial defender of Ukraine,” with the National Pulse noting further:

The report cites Hans-Jakob Schindler, a senior director at the Counter Extremism Project, who admitted the “allure” for Neo Nazis in Ukraine is “not surprising,” in WaPo’s words.

“There’s nothing shocking about it,” he said. “It’s the only conflict you can join.”

He added: “Where you want to go? To Syria, where Muslims killing Muslims, to West Africa, where Black people kill Black people? As you’re a Nazi, that’s not the conflict you want to join.”

The Post goes on to concede:

Despite their military successes, the Azov continued to be criticized as adherents to neo-Nazi ideology. Even as they have consistently denied any Nazi affiliations, their uniforms and tattoos on many of their fighters display a number of fascist and Nazi symbols, including swastikas and SS symbols. In 2015, Andriy Diachenko, the spokesperson for the regiment at the time, told USA Today that 10 to 20 percent of Azov’s recruits were Nazis.

But of course, the Jeff Bezos-owned newspaper could not simply let it go at that, as, cheerleading for Ukraine is still important, too, as the public must be told which side to root for in a conflict the Post and the rest of the mainstream media would love to see go global:

The Azov battalion is also not what it was in 2014. Ever since it was incorporated into Ukraine’s National Guard late that year, they “had to purge a lot of those extremist elements,” said Mollie Saltskog, a senior intelligence analyst at the Soufan Group. “There was much more control exerted over who is affiliated with the battalions.”

The Post spoke with Col. Andriy Biletskiy, a co-founder and commander of the battalion, who has gone on record saying he wanted to “lead the white races of the world in a final crusade…against Semite-led Untermenschen [subhumans]…”

“We don’t identify ourselves with the Nazi ideology,” said Biletskiy. “We have people of conservative political views, and I see myself as such. But, as any person, I don’t want my views to be defined by others. I’m not a Nazi. We completely reject it.”

But author Michael Colborne, who was also interviewed for the Post story, noted that while he “wouldn’t call [Azov] explicitly a neo-Nazi movement… There are clearly neo-Nazis within its ranks.”

“There are elements in it who are, you know, neo-fascist and there are elements who are maybe more kind of old-school Ukrainian nationalist,” he said.

“At its core, it’s hostile to liberal democracy. It’s hostile to everything that comes with liberal democracy, minority rights, voting rights, things like that.”

And even the Post admits: “…the battalion’s far-right nationalist ideology has raised concerns that it is attracting extremists, including white supremacist neo-Nazis, who could pose a future threat. When Putin cast his assault on Ukraine as a quest to ‘de-Nazify’ the country, seeking to delegitimize the Ukrainian government and Ukrainian nationalism as fascist, he was partly referring to the Azov forces.”

It’s all just another example of how our media is a tool of the left-wing, anti-American deep state.

(Article by JD Heyes republished from Citizens.news)

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