On 14 October 2020, which is the Defenders’ Day, an antisemitic demonstration against Vladimir Zelensky took place in Kiev, during the UPA march, while the Ukrainian authorities asked Jews to pray for their executioners, proving that the development of neo-Nazism in Ukraine is not just a fantasy of “Russian propaganda”.
Development of neo-Nazism in Ukraine
Following the Maidan coup, the then President of Ukraine, Petr Poroshenko, changed the date of Defenders’ Day in 2014 from 23 February (a date celebrated in Russia, and in the Donbass for example) to 14 October, the date of the creation of the OUN-UPA (the Ukrainian insurgent army, which collaborated with the Nazis during the Second World War, massacred Polish civilians and participated in the Holocaust). The choice of this date alone was a symbol in itself of the development of a totally unabashed neo-Nazism in Ukraine.
Since then, this neo-Nazism was openly expressed in Ukraine, without anyone among the country’s Western supporters being disturbed by it.
From the organization of concerts by openly neo-Nazi musical groups in the centre of Kiev, with the Prime Minister on stage, to the sale of cans of “separatists”, the state funding of neo-Nazi organizations under the guise of youth programmes, or the open promotion of collaboration with the Nazis during the Second World War, it is clear that neo-Nazism in the Ukraine does not need to hide.
Not to mention the fact that since the Maidan, Ukraine has been openly celebrating its new “national heroes”, namely those who, like Stepan Bandera, collaborated with the Nazis, and whose men massacred, among others, hundreds of thousands of Poles and Jews.
And now that all this had become the “norm”, the “ordinary” in Ukraine, the country was ripe for even clearer and more despicable manifestations of this unashamed neo-Nazism.
The city of Kiev asks the Jewish community to pray for its executioners
The cynicism of the Ukrainian authorities following the development of neo-Nazism in the country is such that the City Council’s Culture Department of Kiev wrote to the Chief Rabbi of Kiev and Ukraine, Moshe Reuven Azman, asking the Jewish community to pray for the “defenders” of the homeland of all generations, that is to say also those who massacred Jews during the Second World War!
This is what is written in the letter to the Chief Rabbi:
“In accordance with Presidential Decree No. 806/2014 of 14.10.2014, in order to honour the defenders of Ukraine of all generations, we ask you to encourage the religious communities in Kiev to organise prayers for the Ukrainian army and the defenders of Ukraine on 14 October this year. “
To put it plainly, the authorities of the Kiev municipality asked the Jewish community to pray on the anniversary of the creation of the UPA (responsible for massacres against the Jews of Ukraine during the Second World War), for those who massacred them more than 75 years ago (since I recall that the Ukrainian authorities, including Zelensky, consider Bandera and his men as defenders of Ukraine)!
I would like my readers to take five minutes and carefully reread what I have just written in order to understand to what extent neo-Nazism has become institutional in Ukraine! The political authorities have asked the Jews of Ukraine to pray for their executioners !!!
After the Ukrainian police who asked at the beginning of the year for the list of the Jews of Kolomyia, in what looked like a bad remake of the practices of the Ukrainian Nazis’ collaborators, now the municipality of Kiev is turning into the most sordid cynicism by asking the Jewish community to pray for those who massacred theirs during the Second World War ! This is the bottom of the abject.
Calls to “fight the collaborators” and antisemitic banner against Zelensky
The UPA march that took place today in Kiev was also an opportunity to display the neo-Nazi character of its participants.
First of all because of the main slogan of the march which was “Fight the collaborators”, but also because of the shouts chanted by the crowd, for example “Bandera is our hero” (sic).
And by “fighting the collaborators”, the Ukrainian neo-Nazis of the Right Sector, Corpus National and Svoboda, meant “to silence definitively those who are against them”.
Indeed, among the requests made by the demonstrators was the demand for the revocation of the licence of channels 112, NewsOne, ZIK, Nash, Inter and Kiev Live, which are among those trying to highlight the need to apply the Minsk agreements to resolve the conflict in the Donbass, or who oppose the Nazification of Ukraine!
The demonstrators also demanded the adoption of a law introducing the concept of “collaborator” into Ukrainian legislation, to legalise witch-hunting, sorry, pro-Russians hunting in the country.
And just to finish “in style”, the Ukrainian neo-Nazis put up a huge banner in front of the Ukrainian President’s office with the words “Ukrainians! We are celebrating the anniversary of the occupation and plundering of Ukraine by the Dnipropetrovsk Jewish clan of Vova Zelensky!!! “
We are still waiting for the reaction of Bernard-Henri Lévy, and of the French authorities who swore on their hearts that the development of neo-Nazism and anti-Semitism in Ukraine was only Russian propaganda…
First published on Donbass Insider