The sad reality folks is, there really are ultra-nationalist Leftists involved in the new Ukrainian government. It’s one of the reasons as to why I simply can’t throw my support behind it, while denouncing Russia’s naked land grab (yes, I do know about the history of the region).
H/T: Diana West
A Euronews video report using some of the footage recorded during an assault on a television executive in Kiev on Tuesday by members of the Ukrainian nationalist party Svoboda.
Ukrainian Nationalists Hand Russians Propaganda Coup With Video of AssaultBy ROBERT MACKEY
Since a coalition of Ukrainian opposition groups took control of Independence Square in Kiev and held it long enough to undermine the authority of President Viktor Yanukovych, the Russian government and news media outlets under Kremlin control have consistently focused on the part played by far-right, nationalist demonstrators who manned the barricades there during deadly clashes with the police.
To counter the perception fostered in Moscow that the interim government in Kiev, which took power after Mr. Yanukovych fled the country, is led by neo-Nazis and fascist thugs, pro-Western Ukrainian activists have drawn attention to voices of moderation and tolerance in their coalition. One part of that effort was a YouTube video letter to the Russian people from prominent Ukrainian musicians and artists who appealed, in Russian, for peace, love and understanding from their neighbors. “There are no ‘Nazis’ here; your brothers are here,” the singer Valeriy Kharchyshyn said in the video. “We love you and we don’t want war.”
In that context, a highly discordant note was struck by video posted on YouTube this week that showed three men who represent the Ukrainian nationalist party Svoboda in Parliament berating the head of Ukraine’s state broadcaster over his decision to cover the Kremlin ceremony marking the annexation of Crimea.