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The new U.S.- and EU-backed government in Kiev has overthrown the anti-Nazi propaganda laws previously in place in Ukraine. The action opens the way for normalizing National Socialism in Ukrainian Society. Ukraine is now the only country in the world to openly embrace Nazi ideology, writing, and thought.

The new government has immediately sought to make every opposing political party illegal. On Febuary 22, Oleh Tyahnybok, the anti-Semitic leader of the far-right Svoboda party, tried but failed to take citizenship from Russian-Speaking Ukrainian citizens.

In another development, Dimitri Yarosh, the leader of Pravy Sektor, a coalition of ultra-nationalist groups in Ukraine, has been offered the position of Assistant Secretary of Defense, Ministry of Internal Security, a post that includes all policing. He was also offered oversight of Internet Security and Anti-Terrorism.

Overthrown Ukrainian president Victor Yanukovych turned up in Russia, reasserting his claim on the presidency based on his legitimate election to that office. He stated that the brokered deal for new elections, following his expulsion from office, was broken shortly after it was signed: Maidan extremists had attacked the presidential palace the next day, and all the terms agreed to were broken.

Yanukovych made it clear that any Ukrainian military action or movement to Crimea would constitute mutiny and that commanders would be prosecuted. This dispute may open Crimea to military intervention by Russia.

Here are other stories being reported in local news:

  • The first story came a few days after Ukraine's Special Operations "A" Team refused an order from the Parliament to go to Crimea, establish the new government's authority, and arrest members of the elite Berkut special security force that had cracked down on Maidan protesters and was taking refuge there.  The story reported that new internal security forces and police headed by Pravy Sektor were seeking families and relatives of Berkut members, and that their houses were being burned down. Video footage turned up on the news showing a badly injured Berkut officer who was refused treatment by the Maidan medics. Someone was quoted as saying,"Throw him on the pile with the other dead ones."
  • On February 25, Pravy Sektor transferred trainloads of its militia to Crimea, the southern part of Ukraine where support for Russia is strong. Confrontations with opponents of the Maidan revolution started the next day with help from the autonomous Tatars.
  • The mayor of Kiev stepped down after his son was kidnapped by Maidan regulars. Governors are being forced to resign, and members of opposing political parties are being forced to leave their parties under threat to themselves and their families. On February 25, Andreii Klyuyev, the Chief of Staff of Ukraine's overthrown president Yanukovych, was shot after he was forced to resign. He is recovering in the hospital.
  • Boryspil International Airport requested security help on Feb. 26, because armed groups of Maidan militants took over all the offices and control of the airport.
  • Oleg Tyahnybok, leader of the far-right Ukrainian Svoboda Party, stated that Ukraine will not pay any money for the natural gas shipments it has received from Russia. This applies to a shipment for which it owes $1-1/2 Billion, and to a $3 Billion shipment Russia signed onto barely a month ago.
  • On February 27, Ukrainian Member of Parliament Vitalina Dzoz reminded the new majority government that Russian-speaking Ukrainians are equal citizens and that discriminatory practices it is pursuing against them need to stop. 
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George Eliason is an American journalist that lives and works in Donbass. He has been interviewed by and provided analysis for RT, the BBC, and Press-TV. His articles have been published in the Security Assistance Monitor, Washingtons Blog, (more...)

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