The bloody incident took place in the small Ukrainian village Melioratyvne, near the big city Dnipropetrovsk. A strong conflict flared up between the villagers and armed mercenaries of “Aydar” battalion, which is fighting for the Ukrainian government against the Donbass. The mercenaries tried to demolish the only statue of Lenin located in the village in the middle of the night. The villagers asked the mercenaries why they came to destroy the statue, which triggered a fight between the battalion and the villagers. Some 20 civilians were seriously injured. When police officers arrived at the scene, they were standing next to the fighters of the “Aydar” battalion and did nothing. The Ukrainian media did not report this incident.
A Czech Member of the European Parliament, Jaromír Štětina, has invited the military commander of the white supremacist neo-nazi Azov Battalion, dubbed “White Leader”, Andriy Biletsky to come speak before the European Parliament to explain the motives, positions and plans of Azov to the MEPs with the aim of creating a dialogue.
“Volunteer battalions are a significant, real political and military force in eastern Ukraine. Not to talk to them and not to know who they are means not to be interested in the solution to the conflict,” Štětina told the Czech news Agency, as Prague Post reports. He further stated that reports of mainly young neo-nazis being part of Azov were the results of Russian propaganda.
Does the EU need further explanation? Is a look at the battalion’s photos, military gear (with painted swastikas and SS runes on them), emblem (showing the “Wolfsangel” and a “White Sun”, both famous nazi symbols) and their public appearances (see photo below, click to enhance view) not enough to confirm their nazi identity? Apparently Members of the European Parliament don’t think so.
The police have cleared a small apartment house (Schewchenko street, Lvov) in a hurry after tenants had noticed that strangers were lurking in the basement and several cellar doors stood open. During the inspection a primed mine with cable release was discovered – it could’ve gone off at any time. The local police has evacuated over 40 residents. A team of deminers has been sent to defuse the mine.