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West turns a blind eye to march honoring WW2 Nazi ‘SS’ in Kiev: Ukraine may not be a fascist state, but it has a fascism problem — Paul Robinson

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Wednesday’s march in memory of the 14th SS Division ‘Galicia’ in downtown Kiev demonstrated not so much that Ukraine is a fascist state as that its leaders are guilty of turning a blind eye to the far right and of exploiting it.The problem is that the Right Sector (Pravi Sektor), a Ukrainian ultra-right (neo-Nazi) political party and armed militia, is a dominant force in Ukrainian politics, operating on the threat of violence and use of violence. This is not widely acknowledged in the West. It is largely the Right Sektor and its supporters and fellow-travelers that are standing in the way of implementation of the Minsk 2 agreement over Eastern Ukraine (Donbas).Making matters worse, Western powers have proven unwilling to confront Ukraine on this issue, while the Western media has, with

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Wednesday’s march in memory of the 14th SS Division ‘Galicia’ in downtown Kiev demonstrated not so much that Ukraine is a fascist state as that its leaders are guilty of turning a blind eye to the far right and of exploiting it.
The problem is that the Right Sector (Pravi Sektor), a Ukrainian ultra-right (neo-Nazi) political party and armed militia, is a dominant force in Ukrainian politics, operating on the threat of violence and use of violence. This is not widely acknowledged in the West. It is largely the Right Sektor and its supporters and fellow-travelers that are standing in the way of implementation of the Minsk 2 agreement over Eastern Ukraine (Donbas).
Making matters worse, Western powers have proven unwilling to confront Ukraine on this issue, while the Western media has, with some notable exceptions, chosen to ignore it. Last week’s march in Kiev, for instance, failed to make the news in any major English-language media outlet other than RT. Rather than admit that
Ukraine’s critics have a point, Western commentators prefer to look the other way.
Tidbit: "Commemorations of the 14th SS Division have been quite common in Western Ukraine for some time, and there is even a monument to the Division in Oakville, Ontario, in Canada." Ukrainian immigrants are a powerful political force in Canada.

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West turns a blind eye to march honoring WW2 Nazi ‘SS’ in Kiev: Ukraine may not be a fascist state, but it has a fascism problem
Paul Robinson | Professor, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa

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Ukraine’s Fascist Problem
Paul Robinson | Professor, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa

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