12 October 201719:46

Comment by the Information and Press Department on possible provocations by Ukrainian radicals


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We are concerned about reports in Ukrainian media on plans by bellicose militants from the Svoboda party, the Right Sector movement, the Organisation of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN) and other nationalist organisations to stage new torch-bearing marches in central Kiev and other Ukrainian cities on October 14 to mark the anniversary of the creation of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA). A year ago, we saw how crazy thugs, who proudly proclaimed themselves the ideological successors of the “cause” of Hitler’s accomplices of the Bandera and Shuhevich sort, paraded brazenly under fascist swastika banners, chanting Nazi slogans. One could hear open calls to continue “war” on Russia: seize and set on fire banks, hunt journalists and dissenters, and pull down monuments appealing to common history. Attempts were made to even seize and loot churches of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, including the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra.

Regrettably, we have to state that similar sabbaths are becoming a common occurrence in modern Ukraine: the country is plunging deeper into the abyss of neo-Nazism. Judging by the absence of a due response to the rampage of pro-Nazi forces in Ukraine, it is in this that the Kiev authorities apparently see the country’s “true path to Europe.”

Amid a split society and ongoing social tension in Ukraine, such extremist stunts might lead to violence, mass unrest and human rights violations. We are calling on Ukraine’s foreign partners, which have clout with its leadership, to persuade Kiev to take all necessary measures to prevent this dangerous scenario. We are urging the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission in Ukraine to closely monitor the situation in the country, record possible provocations in its reports and make proper assessments.

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