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Western media neglect neo-Nazi groups employed in east of Ukraine

September 09, 2014, 17:04 UTC+3
This silent hypocrisy has been largely echoed in the Western mainstream media, US journalist and analyst Robert Perry says
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MOSCOW, September 09. /ITAR-TASS/. Prominent US journalist and analyst Robert Perry has criticized the western government and mass media for "being silent regarding Kiev's violation of rules for controlling armed militia," Perry said in an article released on Monday on the consortium news.com website.

"In the Ukrainian crisis, US and European politicians and media have relentlessly condemned Russia for violations of international standards, particularly Moscow’s acceptance of Crimea’s hasty vote to secede from Ukraine and rejoin Russia. But the West has gone nearly silent regarding Kiev’s violation of rules for controlling armed militias, including neo-Nazi forces.

In other words, evidence is mounting that the Kiev regime has waged its so-called “anti-terrorist operation” against ethnic Russians in eastern Ukraine by using out-of-control paramilitaries, some guided by Nazi ideology. This behavior, fitting with the far-right political extremism previously known to EU leaders, also violates norms agreed to by the Ukrainian government in its commitment to the OSCE.

Infographics Who fights in Ukraine Who fights in Ukraine
The political crisis in Ukraine led to the formation of many armed groups on its territory. Infographics by ITAR-TASS
Yet, apparently for geopolitical reasons, the Obama administration, the EU and the OSCE have muted any criticism. This silent hypocrisy has been largely echoed in the Western mainstream media," Perry said.

"For instance, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, which has harshly criticized Russia’s annexation of Crimea, has refrained from similar outrage over Ukraine’s unleashing of extremist militias that have inflicted extensive bloodshed and abuse on ethnic Russians in rebellious eastern Ukraine.

Yet, Ukraine has intentionally dispatched far-right militias, some waving neo-Nazi banners, to attack towns and cities in eastern Ukraine. Though this reality has drawn spotty recognition even in the Western media, there has been little criticism of the Kiev regime for these tactics.

Instead the typical response - especially from US officialdom and media - has been to dismiss claims about the close association between the Ukrainian government and neo-Nazi extremists as “Russian propaganda.

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