August 31, 2017 – Fort Russ News –
– Izvestia, translated by Tom Winter –
A group of deputies in the European Parliament (EP) creates a special format for a working group on issue of the spread of neo-fascist sentiment in Ukraine. The first hearing on this topic will be September 27, Izvestia was told by organizers who consider it important to show “an objective picture of what is happening in the country.” All MPs are invited to the meeting. Guests from the Ukrainian side are also expected.
Representatives of the factions European United Left / Left Greens, and Greens – European Free Alliance, made the initiative to organize constant discussions about the growth of radical sentiments in Ukraine. One of the main initiators of the hearings, Deputy Chairman of the EP Committee for Relations with Russia, Jiří Mashkalka, told Izvestia that the main purpose of the meeting was to frankly discuss the problem of the actual promotion of Ukrainian radicals by the Kiev authorities and the absence of a unequivocally negative assessment of this phenomenon by the European community. According to him, the participants, in particular, will consider the “heroization of the figure of Stepan Bandera, as well as the tragedy in Odessa”, which occurred in May 2014.
“All European parliamentarians will be invited to the hearings. Those who refuse to attend, apparently, will proceed from the view that “everything is fine” in Ukraine. Participation in the meeting will include guests from the Ukrainian side – about ten people, among whom, for example, the leader of the currently banned in Kiev Communist Party Petro Symonenko. They are expected to present their vision of the problem of the heroization of Nazism,” the European politician explained.
As representatives of the initiative group note, in Europe, people have felt all the consequences of fascism, and there should be no place for any neo-Nazi manifestations. As emphasized by Jiri Mashtalka, the most important thing is to tell about the events happening in the country objectively and reasonably, and not to slide down to propaganda or “spreading false information”.
The final lists of invitees from the Ukrainian side are still being worked out. However, it is already known that a Ukrainian journalist and political prisoner Ruslan Kotsaba, one of the lawyers for the mother of the murdered Oles Buzina, should arrive at the hearings. Invitations were sent to a number of human rights organizations, whose names the authors of the idea refused to disclose, “so that nothing gets lost.” The invitation will be sent to the Ukrainian embassy in the EU.
Political scientist, director of the Center for Eurasian Studies Vladimir Kornilov, in an interview with Izvestia, explained that some, especially Eastern European countries, have long been alarmed and extremely unhappy with the growth of Ukrainian radicalism. For example, Poland, which at one time supported EuroMaidan in Kiev, has recently made sharp remarks about the neighboring country for various neo-fascist actions.
“The more flaming processions in Ukraine, the explosions of monuments to Soviet soldiers, the awarding of titles of heroes and the renaming of streets in honor of Bandera, the more painful it will be to react in Europe,” Vladimir Kornilov said.
The adoration of such characters as Roman Shukhevych or Stepan Bandera, various actions of neo-Nazi organizations in Ukrainian cities, the murders of Oles Buzina and other political and public figures show that the policy of encouraging a neo-fascist ideology has actually come to Ukraine at the state level. In addition, a number of the battalions participating in the ATO use Nazi symbols on their uniforms. These trends are of concern to an increasing number of European politicians.