The use of Nazi symbols and ideology continued to plague Western society. 10 June 2015, the House of representatives of the United States Congress adopted the amendment, house members John Conyers and Ted Yoho, prohibiting the use of funds of the Department of defense for “the provision of weapons, training or other support for the regiment “Azov”” due to the fact that the openly fascist formation poses a serious danger for the Ukrainian people and the state
Strange it may seem, but Ukraine’s far right and Russia’s propaganda machine share a common fantasy: a radical right-wing coup in Kyiv. Just as the Ukrainian right has been making moves in domestic politics over the past year, a coup scenario in the country’s capital would be precisely the escalation Russia needs to win the war in the east.
If we do see regime change in Ukraine, then the Azov volunteer battalion is a likely candidate to take charge of this new “junta”. Formed from far-right groups as separatist conflict broke out in 2014, Azov was initially created as a special police battalion, and quickly won a reputation for defending the city of Mariupol in south-eastern Ukraine. It is now a regiment within Ukraine’s National Guard.