The Russian Embassy in the US has accused Washington of giving political and material support to the Neo-Nazis in Ukraine, which have essentially been given free rein to do what they please in the east of the country.
According to the statement the embassy’s posted to Facebook on Wednesday, the US Department of State and Pentagon press services brag almost daily about their efforts to build up military assistance to Ukraine, fully aware (or ignoring) the political stance of those it is helping out and that the American lethal weapons will end up in the hands of militants and terrorists in Ukraine.
This way, as the statement claims, Washington is in fact giving the neo-Nazis – referring to the neo-Nazi Azov Battalion, which is part of the National Guard of Ukraine- a ‘carte blanche’ for provocations and carrying out military actions in the Donbass.
The embassy, however, provided no evidence of weapons being handed over to Ukraine’s far-right extremists.
After complaints from the Simon Wiesenthal Center, a Jewish human rights organization, the US Congress has passed a bill in 2018 blocking military aid to the Azov Battalion on the grounds of white supremacism.
The Simon Wiesenthal Center accused the United States in 2016 of purposely ignoring the glorification of Nazi collaborators because of various political interests.
The organization has claimed that the US is granting financial benefits to those who fought alongside the Nazis and is systematically promoting equivalency between these countries’ Communist and Nazi crimes.
The embassy’s statement comes in light of the news that the US is sending new cargoes of military aid to Ukraine revealed by Pentagon spokesman John Kirby, but this is definitely not the first time that Russia has accused the US of helping Ukraine’s far-right extremists and neo-Nazi.
George Washington University’s reports last year also claimed that the US, along with other Western countries like Canada, France, and the UK, have trained extremists at the Hetman Pyotr Sagaidachny National Ground Forces Academy in Ukraine’s Lvov.