SKAI morning show live with Greek Georgios Kiuranos, who lives in Mariupol, Ukraine. But things didn’t go the way the channel’s leaders expected (or wanted).
“So, you will stay in Mariupol, do you think to leave there?” – asked the host of the show Dimitris Ikonoma during a discussion with G. Kiuranas.
“How to leave? If you go out into the street, the Azov brigade, which is made up of Ukrainian Nazis, they will kill you. How to get out?” Mr. Kiuranas said.
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Georgis Kiuranos turned out to be quite reckless and courageous, since he decided on this interview. All the interlocutors of “Russian Athens”, with whom we contacted, said that they were afraid of the Nazis. We are talking about members of a volunteer paramilitary group “Azov”which since 2015 has taken under its wing the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine.
A video that appeared 2 days ago in Ukrainian telegram topics showed how “the invaders are killing civilians in Mariupol.” But the audience paid attention to the yellow armbands and the uniform of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. According to our sources, these were probably the fighters of the Azov unit or the territories that received the weapons. Since, they say, “there is an order not to let anyone out of the city.” This information, I remind you, is not verified, because, according to the source, the author of the video is afraid for his life.
“Azov” Help (Wikipedia)
Separate special forces detachment “Azov” (Ukrainian Pidrozdil of special recognition “Azov”) is a unit within the military unit 3057 of the Eastern Operational-Territorial Association of the National Guard of Ukraine.
Official wolf hook symbol(Wolfsangel – Wolfsangel)
Initially, the basis of the unit was made up of members of racist and neo-Nazi organizations “Social National Assembly” And “Patriot of Ukraineled by Andrey BiletskyactivistsAutomaidan» and various hundreds Self-defense Maidan. Later, representatives of the ultras of the Dynamo (Kyiv) and Shakhtar (Donetsk) football clubs, members Party “Brotherhood” Dmitry Korchinsky(the so-called “Hundred of Jesus Christ”), activists OUNmembers Cossack Rifle Brotherhood.
According to Volodymyr Shpary, commander of the Azov special company of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the battalion is staffed by “Ukrainian patriots who already have experience in military service.”
The current unit commander is Denis Prokopenko nicknamed “Redis”.
According to the leader of the Radical Party of Ukraine Oleg Lyashko, the battalion is partly, “maybe even half”, consists of people with a criminal record. According to him, most of them became victims of the Ukrainian law enforcement system and were convicted unfairly.
The battalion has volunteers from other states: Sweden, Italy, Russia, who profess neo-fascist views, as well as France, Belarus, Canada and Slovenia. The presence of foreign volunteers was also confirmed in July 2014 by the adviser to the Minister of the Interior Anton Gerashchenko.
In particular, Mikael Skilt, an activist of the neo-Nazi “Swedish parties“. It is also known about another Swede – Severin (Severin) from Gothenburg, who openly called himself a National Socialist correspondent. The 53-year-old Italian Francesco Fontana is fighting in the Azov regiment, who came to Ukraine as a volunteer at his own expense in order to gain combat experience and joined the Right Sector. Also in the regiment is fighting 47-year-old Frenchman Gaston Besson. According to his own statement, he adheres to left-wing political views, according to some media reports, he is a former paratrooper, participated in many conflicts, including in Croatia and Colombia.
Some members of the regiment openly declare Nazi, racist and anti-Semitic views. A statement about the fascist and neo-Nazi views of the members of the regiment was made in the US Congress on June 10, 2015 at the initiative of Congressmen John Conyers and Ted Yoho. As a result, the United States refused to provide Ukraine with MANPADS and training assistance to the regiment.
In turn, the regiment’s leadership and Ukrainian government officials deny that the representatives of the organization have any neo-Nazi or racist beliefs; although in March 2015, the press secretary of Azov, Andrei Dyachenko, in an interview USA Today made a statement that from 10% to 20% of the members of the group are Nazis.