Western nations sending trained neo-Nazi army to Ukraine

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Centuria, Ukraine, Neo-Nazi, Azov Battalion

While military officers from the United States and Canada have been regularly meeting uniformed members of the neo-Nazi Azov Battalion in Ukraine and while strain of Neo-Nazism is spreading throughout Europe, which openly advocates violence against minorities while seeking new recruits – Centuria, an ultra-violent Ukrainian Neo-Nazi faction, has cemented itself in six cities across Germany, and is seeking to expand its local presence. According to Berlin-based Marxist daily Junge Welt, growth of Centuria has been “unhindered by local security services”.

Centuria was founded in August 2020, during a neo-Nazi summit “at the edge of a forest near Kiev”. An ultranationalist named Tcherkas Mikhailenko demanded the “hundreds of mostly masked vigilante fighters present”, who were members Kiev’s fascistic National Militia, “make sacrifices for the idea of ‘Greater Ukraine’”.

As the former head of the Neo-Nazi Patriot of Ukraine’s Kharkiv division, and commander of the state sponsored Azov Battalion from 2014 to 2015, Tcherkas Mikhailenko has professed a desire to “destroy everything anti-Ukrainian”.

The German Marxist daily further said, since 2017, the National Militia had been practicing “brutal vigilance justice” throughout Ukraine, including “tyrannizing the LGBTQ scene”. According to Bell Tower News, Centuria was subsequently blamed for terrifying November 2021 attack on a gay nightclub in Kiev, in which its operatives assaulted partygoers with truncheons and pepper spray.

Meanwhile, Junge Welt said, on August 24 2023, the 32nd anniversary of Ukraine’s independence, Centuria convened a “nationalist rally” in the central city of Magdeburg, “unmolested by Antifa and critical media reporting”. Participants proudly posed with the flag of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN) founded by World War II-era Nazi collaborator Stepan Bandera. Centuria boasted at the time on Telegram, “although Ukrainian youth are not in their homeland, they are starting to unite”. They threatened the “enemies” of their country with “hellish storm”, pledging that “Ukrainian emigrants” would not “forget their national identity for a few hundred euros”.

Junge Wely further said, Centuria currently is raising funds for the combat unit of its parent organization, which is led by Andriy Biletsky, the founder of Azov Battalion who infamously said in 2014 that Ukrainian nation’s mission was to “lead the white races of the world in a final crusade against Semite-led Untermenschen”. At home, Centuria’s members express similar attitudes towards Muslims, Africans, and gays, whom they refer to as the “German Caliphate”, “black rapists”, and “pedophiles”.

According to the German publication, Centuria members are currently desperately trying to pass their ideological vision to the future racists across the continent. Telegram channel of the group said, “We are creating a new generation of heroes!”

The group has been arranging hiking trips to Harz mountains in Germany with Ukrainian nationalist scout association named Plast. Beginning in the 1950s, in response to the Soviet Union’s hounding of fascists and nationalists, this group established chapters across the Western countries.

According to a report published in Grayzone, Centuria is not the only Azov-related Ukrainian neo-Nazi movement seeking to infiltrate Europe. A separate but identically named Centuria is doing the same thing with support from European elites.

Back in September 2021, George Washington University’s Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (IERES) provided detailed information on how a once-secret entity called Centuria was nurtured by a “self-described order of ‘European traditionalist’ military officers that has the stated goals of reshaping the country’s military along right-wing ideological lines and defending the ‘cultural and ethnic identity’ of European peoples against ‘Brussels’ politicos and bureaucrats’”.

IERES reported that Centuria’s military wing began training in 2018 in Ukraine’s Hetman Petro Sahaidachny National Army Academy (NAA), Kiev’s “premier military education institution and a major hub for Western military assistance to the country”.

The paper revealed that “as recently as April 2021, [Centuria] claimed that since its launch, members have participated in joint military exercises with France, the UK, Canada, the US, Germany, and Poland”.

Indeed, many of the neo-Nazi group’s members have drilled at the de facto NATO base in Yavoriv, just a few kilometers east of the Polish border.

Meanwhile, there is specific information on Britain giving training to neo-Nazis. Media report claims, underlining the extent of neo-Nazi penetration of Western military apparatuses, National Army Academy (NAA) cadet Kyrylo Dubrovskyi attended 11-month Officer Training Course UK’s Sandhurst Royal Military Academy in 2020. Ukraine’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs celebrated his graduation while NAA published a 12-minute video of the new graduate’s path to military leadership.

Ukrainian Embassy in UK is a post said, “Our sincere congratulations to the officer-cadet Kyrylo Dubrovskyi on successful graduation from the Initial Officers Training course at the Royal Academy Sandhurst”.

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