Inside the Nazi Whitewash of Ukraine 

On January 1, the world celebrated New Year’s Day—a holiday of self-reflection, self-renewal, and hope. In Ukraine, the focus was different. There, January 1 marks the birthday of Stepan Bandera, Ukraine’s Nazi national hero. 

Bandera is the founding father of Ukrainian Nazism and his birthday is a national holiday. In Ukraine, paying homage to their most famous antisemite and leading Nazi collaborator of World War II, is a very big deal.

Calling All Nazis

Under President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the level of Nazi influence and control in Ukraine has been unprecedented. Zelenskyy outlawed all 11 independent and opposition political parties but left the parties and organizations of his Nazi partners and allies intact and in power. So, it’s not surprising that on Bandera’s birthday, the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s parliament (with nobody but Nazis left in it)—erupted into wild cheers. Later, General Valery Zaluzhny, Ukraine’s military commander in chief, posted a photo of himself proudly posing in front of Bandera’s portrait. 

The message from Ukraine’s top lawmakers and general was clear. Have no doubt as to who and what our government and army are fighting for in NATO’s proxy war with Russia.

The commemoration of Ukraine’s top Nazi didn’t go over well in Poland. Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki angrily denounced Ukraine’s “continued glorification of (the) Nazi collaborator Stepan Bandera . . .”

So, why the outrage? 

To understand the reason for Polish fury over Ukraine’s Bandera worship, we must briefly review what happened in Ukraine during World War II—and separate facts from propaganda.

“Unimaginable Bestiality”

Bandera was the leader of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN)—Ukrainian Nazi collaborators who dreamt of a racially pure Ukraine, free of Jews, ethnic Russians, and Poles. During World War II, primarily in the Wolyn region of the Ukrainian countryside, the OUN massacred at least 100,000 Poles.

To make it appear that the homicidal rampage was a spontaneous peasant uprising (and out of sadistic pleasure), the OUN’s preferred modus operandi was to kill with axes, hatchets, scythes, knives, hammers, steel bars, and pitchforks. Banderites shoved victims by the hundreds into buildings and barns and burned them alive—a method still preferred by Ukrainian Nazis today.

Banderite mobs roamed like rabid dogs. Poland’s The First News recounts the barbarism: 

In the blood frenzy, the Ukrainians tortured their victims with unimaginable bestiality. Victims were scalped. They had their noses, lips and ears cut off. They had their eyes gouged out and hands cut off and they had their heads squashed in clamps. Women had their breasts cut off and pregnant women were stabbed in the belly. Men had their genitals sliced off with sickles.

The 2016 Polish film, “Hatred,” (also titled “Wolyn” or “Volhynia”) is an historically accurate account of the Banderites’ crimes. The movie is shockingly graphic—many scenes are almost impossible to watch. Because of the truth it tells, Ukrainian authorities have banned its showing. 

Bandera and the Holocaust in Ukraine 

One in every four Jewish victims of the Holocaust—1.5 million people—was murdered in Ukraine. The Germans didn’t build gas chambers to murder Jews in Ukraine—they didn’t need them. The extent of Ukrainian collaboration with the Nazis was colossal. More than 250,000 Ukrainians volunteered for Waffen SS and other German military formations. Thousands more served as willing executioners both as auxiliary police in Ukraine and as death camp guards in Poland.

This was the “Holocaust of Bullets.” One and a half million Jews were rounded up and shot to death in fields, forests, and ravines. Banderites played a major role. OUN forces operated overtly on their own, integrated into police units, and served as highly motivated auxiliaries in the Einsatzgruppen, the German mobile extermination units.

The Germans invaded the Soviet Union on June 22, 1941, capturing the Ukrainian city of Lvov within a week. OUN Banderites distributed flyers instructing the Ukrainian population, “Don’t throw away your weapons yet. Take them up. Destroy the enemy. . . . Moscow, the Hungarians, the Jews—these are your enemies. Destroy them.” OUN also distributed flyers to Lvov’s Jews declaring, “We will lay your heads at Hitler’s feet”—which is exactly what they did. In the subsequent Banderite-initiated pogrom, 7,000 Jews were murdered in two days. Thousands more followed. 

The massacre of Jews in Lvov was duly recorded by the Nazi collaborators themselves. The photos are shocking. But today in Lvov, a $47 million monument stands to honor Bandera and one of the city’s major streets has been named after him. 

Zelenskyy Is A Willing Accomplice

For more than 70 years, Ukrainian Nazis and their apologists both within and without the country have conducted a disinformation campaign to whitewash Bandera and rewrite history. Their primary objective has been to fabricate Bandera the Nazi into a “freedom fighter.” This effort has increased with Ukraine’s accelerated Nazification under Zelenskyy. Across Ukraine, more than 50 monuments and statues have been built in Bandera’s honor and 500 streets named after him. 

Ukraine’s Jewish president is a willing accomplice in the Bandera deceit. Zelenskyy has completely ignored Bandera’s antisemitic Nazi legacy and complicity in the murder of more than 1.6 million Ukrainian Jews, Poles, and Russians. He has stated that if Ukrainians revere this Nazi murderer as a national hero then, “That’s normal. That’s cool.” That’s cool because in Zelenskyy’s book Bandera was “one of those people who defended freedom for Ukraine.”

Zelenskky’s idea of freedom is different from that of most Americans. In addition to extinguishing freedom of the press, outlawing all non-Nazi political parties, and banning the Russian Orthodox Church, Zelenskyy has overseen and directed Nazi infestation into every level of the Ukrainian government and military. Zelenskyy’s significant promotions of Nazis include awarding the “Hero of Ukraine” medal to a Right Sector commander, appointing Right Sector co-founder Dmytro Yarosh, as advisor to the commander in chief of the Armed Forces, and replacing the head of the Odessa Regional Administration with a commander of the Nazi Aidar Battalion.  

Ukrainian Jews Supporting Nazis

Can Jews support Nazis in Ukraine? 

When questions about Ukraine’s Nazi regime started to surface, the media rushed in to silence them and prevent discussion. The stock response from media across the political spectrum was to repeatedly state Zelenskyy’s Jewish ancestry—as if that made the very question of Ukrainian Naziism absurd. The implied “logic” of this dodge was—“Zelenskyy is Jewish. It is impossible for a Jew to support Nazis. Therefore, there are no Nazis in Ukraine.” Zelensky was bulletproof—no talk about Nazis could touch him. In fact, since he was president, Nazis in Ukraine couldn’t even exist. 

But as I have previously documented, not only is his a thoroughly Nazi regime but Zelenskyy has done more to support and institutionalize Nazis in Ukraine than any president before him.   

His Jewish critics provide other insights. Zelenskyy does not identify as a Jew. He only mentions his Jewish heritage when politically profitable to do so—as when concealing the truth about his Nazi regime. 

Zelenskyy doesn’t practice Judaism, married a Christian woman, had his children baptized in the Orthodox Church, and observes Christian holidays. In fact, during his campaign for president, he and his press spokesman refused to even confirm if he was Jewish. 

Zelenskyy mocks Jewish culture. Hava Nagila, “Let us rejoice,” is a revered Hebrew folk song performed at Jewish celebrations worldwide. Zelenskyy’s idea of honoring this piece of Jewish cultural heritage was to perform Hava Nagila with his penis as an on-stage comedy act. 

Finally, during his world tour to demand billions more in money and weapons, Zelenskyy outraged members of the Israeli Knesset with a shameful Ukrainian Holocaust denial speech. Refusing to acknowledge Ukraine’s history of Banderite-Nazi collaboration, Zelenskyy absurdly claimed that the Ukrainians’ significant war effort against the Germans was that “they rescued Jews.” Jewish critics blasted him for his “distortions of the Holocaust.” 

His presentation to the Greek parliament was also disgraceful. It included a speech by an Azov Nazi Zelenskyy had brought to appear alongside him. Some lawmakers walked out in disgust, describing Zelenskyy’s performance a “Nazi fiesta.”

But Zelenskyy wasn’t the first rich and powerful Ukrainian Jew to support the Nazis. Ihor Kolomoyskyi is the Jewish Ukrainian billionaire oligarch and original financial sponsor of the Azov and Aidar Battalions. He also bankrolls other Nazi militias. Kolomoyskyi was Zelenskyy’s principal financial backer for president. And as owner of Burisma Holdings, he was Hunter Biden’s boss.

So can Jews support Nazis in Ukraine? Clearly, they can and do.

The Western Media’s Nazi Whitewash

Ukraine is the world’s first openly Nazi state since 1945. But for the past year, the Western media has launched a propaganda blitz to whitewash Ukrainian Nazis—as if they never existed. There are two reasons for this attempt to erase and rewrite history. 

The first is the warmongers’ need to control information and manipulate public opinion. 

Americans hate Nazis. We fought a world war to defeat German, Italian, and Japanese national socialism and militarism, and 420,000 Americans died to help win it. The ruling elites of the military-industrial-congressional complex know that if the American people got wise to the truth about Zelenskyy and his Nazi regime, Ukraine wouldn’t get another dime. 

The second reason is Vladimir Putin. 

Putin declared that one of the primary objectives of Russia’s Special Military Operation was to “de-Nazify” Ukraine. This is a big problem for Joe Biden, NATO, and the warmongers in Congress. 

For 20 years, the military-industrial-congressional complex and their media have painted a picture of Vladimir Putin that is evil incarnate. It wouldn’t play well for the warmongers if after all this demonization, Americans found out that Putin had been telling the truth about Nazis in Ukraine all along.  

Before receiving their orders to erase history, the Western media had been telling the truth about Nazis in Ukraine. Here’s a short list of their reporting before the whitewash. 

The Hill: “The Reality of Neo-Nazis in Ukraine Is Far from Kremlin Propaganda”  

Time: “Inside A White Supremacist Militia in Ukraine

BBC “Newsnight”: “Neo-Nazi Threat in New Ukraine

Al-Jazeera: “Ukrainian Fighters Grease Bullets Against Chechens with Pig Fat

BBC: “Ukraine Underplays Role of Far Right in Conflict

BBC (again): “Ukraine conflict: ‘White power’ warrior from Sweden” 

The Guardian: “Welcome to Ukraine, The Most Corrupt Nation in Europe

Newsweek: “Ukrainian Nationalist Volunteers Committing ‘ISIS-Style’ War Crimes

BBC “Newsnight”: “Ukraine: On patrol with the far-right National Militia

Globalist Elites Are All In

The Western globalist elites are all in with their exuberant support of the Washington-led proxy war. During the recent meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, there was no talk of peace in Ukraine, but only of escalation and carrying on a “forever war.”

Big Tech is also taking the disinformation of the Nazi whitewash to the next level. Mark Zuckerberg’s Meta announced that Facebook has removed the designation of “dangerous organization” from the Nazi Azov Battalion. The white supremacists now have full access to the platform. 

In a nation saturated with Nazi militias, organizations, and political parties—the Azov Battalion remains Ukraine’s most notorious. Azov ideology is pure Nazism, and its emblem and symbols are straight from Hitler’s SS. 

The Azov Battalion’s street-fighting wing has been absorbed into the national police. Because of Azov’s high Nazi profile, the Western media disinformation campaign to rehabilitate their image has been intense. Easier said than done. 

Even NATO’s Atlantic Council concludes that Azov’s connections with other white supremacist organizations remain intact. Azov is an international hub for white supremacists with a global recruiting network. White nationalists go to Ukraine to gain combat experience and return to their home countries with lethal tactical skills. 

The Azov Battalion is proud to display its Nazi pathology. In May, Russian forces captured the city of Mariupol and took 2,500 Ukrainian soldiers prisoner—most of them Azov Nazis. Video of the prisoners being searched reveals their extensive Nazi tattoos. Seeing is believing. 

Congress Knows The Truth About The Azov Nazis 

The national socialist roots of the Azov Battalion have never been a secret in Congress.

In 2015, Representative John Conyers (D-Mich.) introduced an amendment to stop the United States from providing further military aid and training to the Azov Nazis in Ukraine. The amendment passed but was rescinded under pressure from Obama’s Pentagon.

In 2018, Congress passed a spending bill preventing the United States from providing arms and training assistance to the “neo-Nazi Azov Battalion fighting in Ukraine.”

In 2019, 40 House Democrats signed a letter asking the State Department why they had not placed Ukraine’s Azov Battalion on the U.S. list of “foreign terrorist organizations” (FTOs). Signers included Representatives Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) and Jamie Raskin (D-Md.). The Democrats drew the connection between Azov Nazis in Ukraine and white supremacist terrorist incidents around the world including Christchurch, New Zealand and El Paso, Texas. 

But that was then. 

Today, every Democrat and corporate Republican belongs to the uniparty—warmongers committed to implementing the interests of the military-industrial-congressional complex through permanent war. This is why Congress voted to send $100 billion to support the Nazi regime in Ukraine and support the Azov Battalion—a group they know is a white supremacist, terrorist, Nazi organization. The uniparty warmongers are whitewashing these Nazis in order to justify their treachery and fool the public. 

Last Fall, a delegation of uniformed Azov Nazis was welcomed as heroes into our Capitol building to meet with 50 representatives and senators. Special hosts included Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), then-chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.  

The Nazi parade continued across the United States with stops including New Jersey, Detroit, Chicago, and Stanford University. Azov stormtroopers met with audiences including many children, spread their disinformation, and raised money. Auctioning off their Nazi uniform patches and battle flags, they welcomed Americans to the Nazi club—“Now, all of you are Azov.”

A National Disgrace 

Is there a more dishonorable cause than America supporting Nazis? The whitewash and support of Ukrainian Nazis by American media and lawmakers is a national disgrace. 

Joe Biden, the military-industrial-congressional complex, State Department neocons, and Western globalist elites have put the United States and NATO at war with Russia. Ukraine is merely their disposable proxy.

The warmongers have no interest in the wellbeing of Ukraine. 

Their real objective appears to be overthrowing Putin and breaking up Russia—and they are willing to see millions of Ukrainians die in order to achieve it. 

Ukraine is the perfect proxy to fight and die against Russia. Its political parties and military are already driven by a racist, Nazi ideology that hates Russians. And in Zelenskyy they have the perfect puppet—a corrupt shill for the globalist elites willing to sell out his people and needlessly prolong the war—even if his country is completely destroyed.  

The warmongers have no interest in the well-being of the United States either. 

They have funneled $100 billion to conduct a war that is not in our national interest. The war they should be fighting is here at home. Our country has been invaded by millions of illegal aliens, our cities are being destroyed by out-of-control crime, and 100,000 Americans are killed yearly by fentanyl shipped in by Mexican cartels. 

The war in Ukraine could end today with a single phone call.

Zelenskyy is a puppet, and Washington pulls the strings. The war would end the minute that Biden picks up the phone, tells Zelenskyy the game is over, and that it’s time for peace.

It’s time that Republicans in Congress demand that Biden pick up the phone. 

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About Maurice Richards

Maurice Richards is the former chief of the Martinsburg Police Department in West Virginia. He served as chief from 2015 to 2020 after a 24-year career in the Chicago Police Department. Richards holds a doctorate in adult education from Northern Illinois University. His writing has been featured in Human Events, The Federalist, The Hill, and The Daily Caller

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