DISINFO: The West rewards the Ukrainian apologia for fascism with weapons and money
  • Outlet: pl.sputniknews.com (archived)*
  • Date of publication: January 30, 2022
  • Article language(s): Polish
  • Reported in: Issue 271
  • Countries / regions discussed: Russia, Ukraine, EU
Nazi/Fascist Coup Ukrainian statehood Military West Western values

DISINFO: The West rewards the Ukrainian apologia for fascism with weapons and money


A clinical example of pathology in the European politics is the case of Ukraine. After the political coup, which was very much liked by world democracies, we are dealing with a unique festival of political degeneration, where the apologia for fascism is a constitutionally unwritten ideology of the state. This process takes place under the slogans of European values and democracy.

Every Ukrainian government since 2014 glorifies the Ukrainian Insurgent Army, erects monuments to fascist activists and organises state funerals for Nazi collaborators. The former President Kuchma states that he possesses a rifle of Hermann Göring and the so-called voluntary units identify themselves with fascist symbols and emblems. This vindication of fascism is rewarded by [Western] supplies of weapons and money.


A recurring narrative about Nazi Ukraine.

The myth of Nazi-ruled Ukraine has become a cornerstone in the pro-Kremlin disinformation and appeared during the Euromaidan protests in late 2013 - early 2014, when the then-president Viktor Yanukovych was toppled and later fled to Russia. The Kremlin has been using this myth actively since then to discredit Kyiv’s shift towards Euro-Atlantic policy.

A law passed in Ukraine in 2015 bans Nazi and Communist ideologies. The law prohibits the public use and propaganda of Nazi and Communist symbols. Far-right groups do exist in Ukraine, like in any other country, but they have a minor influence on politics and social life.

Far-right groups enjoyed a very limited presence during the Euromaidan protests and got abysmal results in the 2014 presidential and parliamentary elections. During the 2019 election cycle, the far right managed to sustain an even more tremendous failure; the highest-rated nationalist candidate, Ruslan Koshulynskyy, won 1.62% of the vote whereas Svoboda, one of the Kremlin's favourite bogeymen, won 2.16% of the national vote, falling far short of the 5% minimum guaranteeing entry into parliament.

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