In the Kiev-controlled part of Donbass, Mariupol to be exact, a torchlight march of right-wing extremists from the ultra-nationalist battalion Azov was held on October 22nd. According to the participants, they consider themselves to be “Aryan warriors” from all parts of Europe including Ukraine and Russia. They were showing off the Wolfsangel, which is also part of the emblem of Azov, as well as SS crosses and other right-wing extremist symbols from the Third Reich.
Ruslan Kotsaba is a Ukrainian journalist who has been imprisoned since February 2015, who is being charged for his journalistic activities and a pacifist video in which he spoke out against the war in Donbass and the mobilization of Ukrainian forces.
We urge the Ukrainian government to end this farce and release Ruslan Kotsaba! We call on the German government to push for the immediate release of Ruslan Kotsaba! We call on the German media to show solidarity with their colleagues in Ukraine!
Free Ruslan Kotsaba!
It was more than a year ago that in the Trade Union House in Odessa a massacre took place. Anti-Maidan protesters who were demonstrating against the new coup government were driven into the Union House by Ukrainian nationalists and burned alive. The exact number of victims is yet unknown. It is estimated that at least 116 people were killed.
After several attacks during the year, it now happened again, that on August 2nd, neo-Nazis stormed a memorial to the victims of the Odessa massacre.
Led by Mark Gordienko and Ewgenij Rezwuschkin the Nazis came to the Union House before the scheduled start of the commemoration. The Ukrainian Nazis attacked the citizens of Odessa that wore black balloons as a sign of mourning for the murdered. Reprisals and repression of dissidents happen everyday in Ukraine.