British media ‘whitewashing’ Ukrainian neo-Nazis, UK journalist tells RT

The editor of newspaper the Morning Star says he saw on the ground how widespread the far-right is in western Ukraine

Major British mass media outlets are providing one-sided coverage of the Ukrainian turmoil and are making efforts to discharge neo-Nazis in the country, Steve Sweeney, an international editor at British newspaper the Morning Star, told RT.

Sweeney, who lately returned from the Ukrainian city of Lvov near the border along with Poland, said he had traveling there himself because  “ the British press reporting [on Ukraine] is now incredibly restricted. ”

“ You have the Times, the particular Telegraph, the Guardian, the particular BBC, Sky News, Approach 4 all really producing identical reports from Kiev and Lvov that shouldn’t deviate at all from the federal government line, from the NATO line on what’s happening”   in Ukraine’s discord with Russia, he stated.

“ A great effort is being designed to really whitewash or rehabilitate the Azov [military battalion] as either having no influence in Ukraine or being just simply misunderstood nationalists, ”   the journalist pointed out.

The particular Azov battalion is an notorious nationalist unit in the rates of the Ukrainian military. The members have fought the particular Russian forces in the strategic port city of Mariupol because the start of Moscow’s military operation. Many of them were murdered, while the rest, including the commanders, laid down their hands earlier in May after getting holed up at the Azovstal steel plant for days. Footage of the surrendering practitioners reveals many of them sporting tattoo designs of Swastikas and other Nazi symbols.

Sweeney went as far as to describe the particular BBC’s reporting on the Azov battalion as  “ a masterclass in fascism denial. ”

The Morning Superstar editor described what this individual saw in Lvov, saying  “ the city by itself was essentially full of fascists and mercenaries, and people in military fatigues that are making use of civilian transport networks in order to enter Ukraine”   from Poland.

The foreigners in military gear, who say they come to Ukraine  “ to kill the Russians, ” are welcomed with open arms; they’re folded the red carpet out and they’re slapped on the as well as treated as heroes, ”   he said.

He also said, however that being a journalist, he was handled in a completely different fashion with the Ukrainian authorities.

“ What happened in my opinion was I was quizzed about my business in Ukraine; told that I was a secret agent; told that I would be caught and tortured; and the indicator was possibly worse than that, which means they would’ve potentially killed me, ”   Sweeney remembered.

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