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Right Wing Militias in Ukraine Say They’ll March on Kiev Next

Though the right wing militias battling in East Ukraine were ostensibly fighting for the government in Kiev, it appears once the east is secured they have other plans. After the right wing militias who are referred to as “volunteers” were routed in the recent fighting they told Western media they held the government in Kiev responsible for their loses and would one day overthrow it the same as they had overthrow former President Victor Yanukovich.

While the official military units under the control of Kiev had pulled back from East Ukraine the volunteers kept fighting the separatists and were ultimately defeated and forced to run west. Both the defeat and the lack of support from Kiev left a bad taste in their mouths and led to public announcements that the current government in Kiev may be the next to face their fire.

The battalions enjoy popular support. During the battle, protests outside the presidential administration and the general staff offices in Kiev drew hundreds of angry citizens calling for reinforcements be sent to Ilovaisk, a demand Poroshenko promised to fulfill. Fighters in battalions like Donbass and the far-right unit Azov have promised that when the war is over they will hold another round of protests like the ones that forced President Viktor Yanukovych from power last winter. Ukraine’s new government, they say, is full of officials who are either incompetent or on Moscow’s payroll.

“We will close the border and then go to Kiev to change the regime,” said Frannik, of the Donbass Battalion. “People died on Maidan, and no one answered for it. Now people are dying [in Ilovaisk] and nobody is answering for this. And we want to change this.”

So the US is arming another terrorist group that will blow back on them? Try to act surprised. Clearly President Poroshenko is not aggressive enough for total war and total victory.

If the volunteers do overthrow the current government in Kiev don’t be surprised if you see some regalia from the not-too-distant past. Many of the far right fighters that make up the volunteers long for days of blood and honor, specifically when Nazi Germany rolled tanks through Ukraine towards Soviet Russia. According to one journalist who ran into the militias fighting for Kiev “When we got to the Ukrainian checkpoint the men told us that it was a coastguard cutter that had been hit, they thought by a tank. They were from the Azov Battalion, one of the Ukrainian volunteer militias. On their vehicles and their arm flashes they had the “wolfsangel,” a neo-Nazi symbol, which is their insignia and which tells you much of what you need to know about their background.”

Regime change, what could go wrong?

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Right Wing Militias In Ukraine Say They’ll March On Kiev Next

Though the right wing militias battling in East Ukraine were ostensibly fighting for the government in Kiev, it appears once the east is secured they have other plans. After the right wing militias who are referred to as “volunteers” were routed in the recent fighting they told Western media they held the government in Kiev responsible for their loses and would one day overthrow it the same as they had overthrow former President Victor Yanukovich.

While the official military units under the control of Kiev had pulled back from East Ukraine the volunteers kept fighting the separatists and were ultimately defeated and forced to run west. Both the defeat and the lack of support from Kiev left a bad taste in their mouths and led to public announcements that the current government in Kiev may be the next to face their fire.

The battalions enjoy popular support. During the battle, protests outside the presidential administration and the general staff offices in Kiev drew hundreds of angry citizens calling for reinforcements be sent to Ilovaisk, a demand Poroshenko promised to fulfill. Fighters in battalions like Donbass and the far-right unit Azov have promised that when the war is over they will hold another round of protests like the ones that forced President Viktor Yanukovych from power last winter. Ukraine’s new government, they say, is full of officials who are either incompetent or on Moscow’s payroll.

“We will close the border and then go to Kiev to change the regime,” said Frannik, of the Donbass Battalion. “People died on Maidan, and no one answered for it. Now people are dying [in Ilovaisk] and nobody is answering for this. And we want to change this.”

So the US is arming another terrorist group that will blow back on them? Try to act surprised. Clearly President Poroshenko is not aggressive enough for total war and total victory.

If the volunteers do overthrow the current government in Kiev don’t be surprised if you see some regalia from the not-too-distant past. Many of the far right fighters that make up the volunteers long for days of blood and honor, specifically when Nazi Germany rolled tanks through Ukraine towards Soviet Russia. According to one journalist who ran into the militias fighting for Kiev “When we got to the Ukrainian checkpoint the men told us that it was a coastguard cutter that had been hit, they thought by a tank. They were from the Azov Battalion, one of the Ukrainian volunteer militias. On their vehicles and their arm flashes they had the “wolfsangel,” a neo-Nazi symbol, which is their insignia and which tells you much of what you need to know about their background.”

Regime change, what could go wrong?

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