Western countries may have provided training for far-right extremists in the Ukrainian military.
Oct. 19, 2021
Canada, the US, France, the UK and other Western countries have helped train far-right extremists in Ukraine, a report by the Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies (IERES) at George Washington University revealed last month.
The report found that members of Centuria, a far-right organization intent on reshaping Ukraine’s military to align with its ideology, received training from Western countries while at the Hetman Petro Sahaidachny National Army Academy (NAA).
Centuria describes itself as a military order of “European traditionalist” military officers who aim to “defend” the “cultural and ethnic identity” of European peoples against “Brussels’ politicos and bureaucrats,” according to the report. The group is led by people with ties to Ukraine’s far-right Azov movement. Members have been photographed giving Nazi salutes and have made extremist statements online.
One of the leaders of Centuria wrote on VK in 2016 that Jews were “the destruction of humanity” and shared a post saying that Jews had tried to “exclude Ukraine from world history and the map of the world.” Ukraine’s current president, Volodymyr Zelensky, is Jewish.
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