Following the Charlottesville demonstrations, many in the US government have been quick to ride in on their moral high-horse condemning and excoriating Trump for his commentary on the ordeal. Many believe that Trump created a false equivalency by equally condemning both sides, two of these Republicans being Lindsey Graham and John McCain.
Riding in on his moral high-horse, Lindsey Graham said that:
“Through his statements yesterday, President Trump took a step backward by again suggesting there is moral equivalency between the white supremacist neo-Nazis and KKK members who attended the Charlottesville rally and people like Ms [Heather] Heyer. I, along with many others, do not endorse this moral equivalency.”
John McCain said:
“There’s no moral equivalency between racists & Americans standing up to defy hate& bigotry. The President of the United States should say so”
Moreover, over 100 House Democrats are co-sponsoring a resolution to censure Trump, further illustrating how many in the government have taken the opportunity to denounce Trump for his inopportune choice of words following the Charlottesville protest.
Indeed, it would appear that with such scathing criticism, many in the US government seem to resolutely be against neo-Nazism and the idea of these views still existing in this day and age.
Why is it then, that in the US’s pursuit for global, hegemonic power, the US government heavily supported a Ukrainian government (and National Guard) rife with neo-Nazi elements?
Certainly, this action seems way more inflammatory then Trump’s arguably poor choice of words. In wresting Ukraine from Russia’s grip, the US went to the extent of covertly funding and supporting a coup headed by neo-Nazis while ensuring those same groups receive government ascension, providing billions of dollars of funds along the way. No doubt, it would seem these actions seem certainly way more deserving of vituperation – at least more so than Trump’s Charlotteville commentary.
To understand the extent of the funding and collusion that took place, let us turn back to late 2013, when the Maidan Protests started – this originally mostly attended by Ukrainians who were fed up with economic stagnation, along with political malfeasance and corruption.
Following weeks of peaceful protest, the movement soon became hijacked by far-right nationalists, a lot of them harboring neo-Nazi tendencies.
Most of these neo-Nazis came from the Svoboda party, along with the Right Sector, who have certainly been less surreptitious about their neo-Nazi views. Indeed, during the hijacking of the protests, the Right Sector consisted of a loose combination of groups containing smaller, even more virulently neo-Nazi groups like: Tryzub, the Ukranian National Assembly, Patriot of Ukraine, and the avowedly fascist Social-National assembly.
According to Richard Sakwa, Professor of Russian and European Politics at the University of Kent, the protests, once hijacked by neo-Nazis started to turn violent around January 2014. Many of these insurgents took over regional state administration buildings which effectively ended governmental control. In Lviv, armed protesters occupied several governmental buildings including City Hall, which became festooned with Nazi banners. These neo-Nazi groups, provided with financial assistance by US interests, aided and dispatched several hundred armed forces to the Maidan daily.
Sakwa, in his book Frontline Ukraine: Crisis in the Borderlands, states that following the peaceful protests, the “defence of the square increasingly took on a quasi-military form.”
“In other words, a civic protest movement turned into an armed struggle in the space of just a few weeks. The head of (this armed struggle) the samboorona (self-defence committee) was known as ‘commandant’, the post taken up by the veteran nationalist Andriy Pariubiy, one of the founders of Svoboda, and the lightly armed units making designated sotnyas (squadrons, literally ‘hundreds’) […] The Trade Union building adjacent to the square (Maidan) was taken over by militant groups and provided field kitchens, a press centre, meeting space and first-aid facilities.
As stated by Sakwa, the man in charge of this nascent-quasi-military was Andriy Parubiy. In 1991, he, along with Oleg Tyagnybok, founded the SNPU, a group otherwise known as the Social-National Party of Ukraine, which is a clear allusion to Hitler’s National Social party.
According to studies, the SNPU was the first party ‘to recruit Nazi skinheads and football hooligans’.
In 2004 the SNPU changed its name to Svoboda and Tyagnybok became sole leader (while Parubiy went on to join Yushchenko’s Our Ukraine). Until 2013 Svoboda, according to Sakwa, was happily distributing Ukrainian versions of Nazi tracts. Further illustrations of their neo-Nazi tendencies were shown evident when in a 2012 debate about the Ukrainian born American actress Mila Kunis, a Svoboda spokesman, Igor Myroshnichenko argued that she was not Ukrainian but a ‘dirty Jewess’. Furthermore, Oleg Tyahnybok, following the conviction of Nazi death camp guard John Dejmanjuk for his supporting role in the death of nearly 30,000 people at the Sobibor camp, rushed to Germany to declare him a hero who was “fighting for truth.”
Here’s a picture of John McCain with Oleg Tyagnybok. His condemnation of Trump regarding Nazi’s, yet his direct dealings and support of overtly neo-Nazi figures in Ukraine is painfully hypocritical. Indeed, to further hammer in the point, Tyahnybok (the man pictured above with John Mccain) once called for Ukrainians to fight the “Muscovite-Jewish mafia” which he claimed was running the country.
Returning to the main point at hand, through violent protestations spearheaded by neo-Nazis, along with sniper attacks (most likely orchestrated by neo-Nazis) which precipitated larger violent reactions, the protest (or coup) finally succeeded in the overthrow of the Yanukovych government after he fled Kiev in Februrary following numerous assassination attempts made on his life.
During the coup, the-then ruling faction was formed, which consisted of four main opposition parties – Batkivshchyna’s (fatherland), Vladamir Klitschko’s UDAR, Yatsenyuk’s Front for Change and Tyahnybok’s Svoboda. After Yanukovych fled Kiev, Alexander Turchynov (the Speaker of Parliament) became acting president, and he appointed Arseniy Yatsenyuk as acting prime minister.
Following Yanukovych’s ascension to Prime Minister he soon appointed eight (out of a 21-person cabinet) newly vacant ministerial positions to the neo-Nazi parties, Right Sector and Svoboda). These ministerial positions included the top national-security, defence and legal (prosecutor general) posts. Indeed, the new Minister of Justice came from the Svoboda party, while Parubiy, became secretary of the NSDC, (the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine responsible for the country’s security policy) while Dmytro Yarosh, leader of the virulently anti-Semitic Right Sector (see above detailing the anti-Semitic coalition), was nominated as his deputy. Oleksander Sych of the Svoboda party became deputy Vice Prime Minister. Oleg Maghnitsky, another member of Svoboda, became the Attorney-General, and as AG, during that time he refused to look into crimes that implicated the neo-Nazis like the infamous sniping incident (which invigorated the cause of the protest), and more infamously, the Odessa Trade Union Building massacre where neo-Nazis massacred and burned to death allegedly hundreds of people.
To this day, Parubiy currently holds the high position of Speaker of Parliament in the Verkhovna Rada.
Now that we have sufficiently demonstrated how neo-Nazis obtained and held high positions of power in the Ukrainian government, let us look at how the US helped these men obtain these positions.
Indeed, one of the most famous videos from the whole scandal was the phone call between Victoria Nuland, assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian affairs, and Geoffrey Hyatt, US ambassador to Ukraine. The phone call, aside from expletives directed towards the EU, has her talking with Pyatt, about who she wants as Yanukovych’s successor, as she is heard ruminating over the phone about the candidates’ political experience. Nuland, in the phone call, proclaims that her guy ‘Yats’ has the “experience” to lead the faction and following the coup, Yatsenyuk was elected Prime Minister of Ukraine.
The phone call also included candid conversation about how to manage the Ukrainian opposition, how to get the UN involved, and also noted that high-level reinforcement was waiting in the wings in the form of US vice president Joe Biden, who could move the process along at the appropriate time. Nuland also stressed how good it would be if they could get the UN to ‘help glue this thing together’.
Nuland, in another speech, revealed that the US has ‘invested’ over $5 billion in helping to promote ‘democracy’ in Ukraine since 1991.
Here’s a quick video of Nuland, admitting that neo-Nazis were part of the protest in Ukraine.
Nuland with neo-Nazi Andriy Parubiy
Nuland, who famously travelled to Ukraine three times since the protests began where she was pictured handing out cookies, is shown here with Yatensyuk on right and Tyagnybok on left
We should also note at this point that Victoria Nuland was appointed by Hillary Clinton who was quick to condemn Trump for his actions in Charlottesville saying his motto is “Make America Hate Again.” It seems that by funding neo-Nazi elements in the Ukrainian government, Clinton and her underlings were the ones truly fostering hate and anti-Semitism in Ukraine.
Furthermore, the NED, or the National Endowment for Democracy, an organization created by Reagan that is covertly funded by the CIA, which has been known to instigate coups and destabilize governments (in Latin America), had more than likely, an active hand in the Maidan Revolution, as it lists on their website, a staggering 65 projects they were involved in, in Ukraine.
Indeed, Allan Weinstein, a co-founder of the National Endowment for Democracy confirms this as he said in 1991 that “a lot of what we do today was done covertly (regime change) 25 years ago by the CIA.”
Even Carl Gershman, president of the National Endowment for Democracy declared in September 2013 that Ukraine represented ‘the biggest prize’, but beyond that was an opportunity to put Putin ‘on the losing end, not just in the near abroad but within Russia itself.’ Furthermore, according to the Washington Post, the NED has invested in “democracy-building efforts in the Ukraine since 1988.”
Furthermore, around mid-2014, the IMF approved a loan of $18 billion dollars for Ukraine, which the IMF said, would unlock more loans from the US and EU totalling up to $27 billion dollars.
Moreover, in 2014 (when the neo-Nazis took power), the Obama government provided $291 million dollars in assistance to Ukraine and a $1 billion dollar a year loan guarantee.
- With today’s announcement, the U.S. government has committed to providing $116 million in equipment and training to Ukraine’s security forces to help Ukraine better monitor and secure its border, operate more safely and effectively, and preserve and enforce its territorial integrity. Ukraine’s security forces include their Armed Forces, National Guard, and State Border Guard Service.
The argument could be made that no longer are these neo-Nazis, or Stepan Bandera supporters such a powerful force in the Ukrainian government today. However, it still stands that the US, in their lust for dominion, through pro-West proxies like NATO, EU and IMF, funded and supported neo-Nazis during the Maidan Revolution, who in turn, during a significant amount of time, held positions of power in the Ukrainian government.
Perhaps then, many in the US government should take a look at their past actions, before hastily condemning Trump in their attempts to discredit the democratically-elected leader in any way, shape or form.