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BumRushDaShow

(131,649 posts)
Tue Jun 11, 2024, 09:38 AM Yesterday

US lifts ban on sending weapons to a controversial Ukrainian military unit

Source: US News and World Report/AP

June 11, 2024, at 4:42 a.m.


KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The U.S. has lifted a ban on providing American weapons and training to a controversial Ukrainian military unit that was key to the defense of the major port city of Mariupol, the State Department said on Tuesday.

The Azov Brigade is among Ukraine’s most effective and popular fighting units — but has been dogged by its origins as a volunteer battalion that drew fighters from far-right circles and criticism for some of its tactics. The U.S. had banned the regiment from using American weapons, citing the neo-Nazi ideology of some of its founders.

The current members of the Azov Brigade, which has been absorbed into Ukraine’s National Guard as the 12th Special Forces Brigade, reject accusations of extremism and any ties with far-right movements. But the Kremlin has seized on the regiment’s origins in its efforts to cast Russia’s invasion as a battle against Nazi influence in Ukraine.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Moscow took an “extremely negative” view of Washington’s decision. He described Azov as an “ultranationalist armed formation” and accused U.S. authorities of being “ready to flirt with neo-Nazis.” U.S. law prohibits providing equipment and training to foreign military units or individuals suspected of committing gross human rights violations. The State Department said in a statement that it found “no evidence" of such violations.

Read more: https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2024-06-11/us-lifts-weapons-ban-on-a-high-profile-ukrainian-military-unit-with-a-checkered-past

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US lifts ban on sending weapons to a controversial Ukrainian military unit (Original Post) BumRushDaShow Yesterday OP
Good! Nictuku Yesterday #1
So, the Kremlin is taking an, "extremely negative" view of this Bayard Yesterday #2
Damn, the convicted felon ex-president, moscow marge and moscow mitch will take a dim view republianmushroom Yesterday #3
They started out as a gang of soccer hooligans Warpy Yesterday #4

Nictuku

(3,657 posts)
1. Good!
Tue Jun 11, 2024, 10:13 AM
Yesterday

The men of the Azov Brigade are considered National Heroes in Ukraine. Nothing about them that I have seen has any kind of Nazi-ism (unlike some of the Russian behavior during this terroristic invasion of their neighbor).

republianmushroom

(14,588 posts)
3. Damn, the convicted felon ex-president, moscow marge and moscow mitch will take a dim view
Tue Jun 11, 2024, 11:28 AM
Yesterday

of this. And other russian loving republicans,

Warpy

(111,764 posts)
4. They started out as a gang of soccer hooligans
Tue Jun 11, 2024, 06:11 PM
Yesterday

What got them to organize and seek training was Russia's invasion and annexation of Crimea and Donetsk City in 2014.

I imagine the ultra nationalism they espouse is along the lines of "kick the Russians all the way back to Russia." And if you want them to fight more along western lines, give them the training and weapons to do it.

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