Popular Media Praises Ukraine’s Azov Battalion For Dropping Nazi Patches From Uniform

Amid their looming defeat in the Donbas, which usually even  The New York Times  and  Washington Post  have belatedly and reluctantly  begun to acknowledge of late, the neo-Nazi Azov Battalion remains struggling to make over its image, given the Traditional western mainstream had long ago accepted them as a significant  “ neo-Nazi threat”   – as one BBC documentary bluntly described years ago. But since […]#@@#@!!

Amid their looming beat in the Donbas, which even  The New York Occasions   and  Washington Post   have belatedly and reluctantly  begun to acknowledge of late , the neo-Nazi Azov Battalion is still striving to make over its image, given the Western mainstream had long ago admitted them as a significant  “ neo-Nazi threat”   – as one BBC documentary bluntly described years ago.

But since the Russian invasion of Ukraine began, the public has been steadily told that Azov is merely “ far right” or simply “ nationalist” within their ideology. Or even better,   the group just has far-right “ roots”   with images often  “ misunderstood”   and shared  “ out of context”

“ Several soldiers who surrendered in a steel complex in Mariupol belong to the Azov battalion, a group with far-right origins, ”   The New York Times   wrote a couple weeks ago following the large-scale Ukrainian surrender at Azovstal steelworks plant in Mariupol. Within the same article we are informed this is merely a false “ portrayal” the that Kremlin propagandists have presented. And today in new reporting on Monday, the UK  Times  assures its readers that  Azov Battalion falls neo-Nazi symbol exploited simply by Russian propagandists”   in its headline. Beneath is the  Times  working overtime wanting to run damage control…

In the opening lines we are knowledgeable it’s really all just “ Russian propaganda” and exploitation: “ The Azov Battalion has  removed the neo-Nazi symbol from its insignia that has helped perpetuate Ruskies propaganda about Ukraine   being in the grip of far-right nationalism. ”  

Oh yes… when these practitioners proudly display Nazi icons, the  real problem  is Russian officials and media pointing it out: all very undesirable of course.

But supporters can now  Rejoice … because the group is busy repairing the issue of all its pesky pro-Hitler (literally) emblems and symbolism which has made their particular enlightened Liberal Western backers  squirm just a bit :

“ At the unveiling of a new special forces unit in Kharkiv, patches handed to soldiers did not function the wolfsangel,   a medieval German image that was adopted by the Nazis and which has been used by the particular battalion since 2014 , ” the Times writes more.

“ Instead, they showcased a golden trident, ” or the entirely tame and even more common symbol use simply by Ukrainian national forces broadly.  

But the question has to be asked: what of those myriad of symbols  that can’t  become so easily whitewashed?   (yes, pun intended) .   How about all those tattoos?

Below are a few samples of what Azov militants tend to appearance like  sans   uniforms and patches…

Many of the problematic areas which are apparently increasingly getting taken off official uniform insignias (as the  Times  now assures) are still inked on skin, therefore a bit harder to easily make disappear for the picture ops…

… in some instances the problematic insignia even shows up as items like eyepatches of all things:

One of the few nations to keep giving mainstream push coverage to Azov’s clear neo-Nazi identity and ideology remains  Israel .

For example  Haaretz   previously published the beneath photo, while featuring a range of Azov’s unmistakably Nazi icons, including those of the Waffen-SS:

Below, journalist plus Russia-Ukraine war observer Erina Tracey has a few queries for the mainstream media…

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There are currently  mountains of proof , much of which was contemporaneously gathered over the course of the on-going war, that Azov “ defenders”   at the very least   physically adorn themselves with unabashed Nazi symbols.  

Away from context?

Examples   associated with such symbols that have been recently observed on their uniforms include the Wolfsangel, the Black Sunlight, and even a crest of a division of the SS — the paramilitary organization from the actual, historical Nazis. You know, the ones commanded by Hitler who exterminated lots of Jews.

If a bunch of Trump supporters had been running around with these symbols sewed onto their clothing, do you suppose the US media will be extra charitable in deciphering whether they  actually   subscribed in order to Nazism?

At this very moment, you can log onto the ADL website and see the  Wolfsangel ,   Black Sun , along with other Azov-brandished iconography on the organization’s official list of “ dislike symbols” actively being “ appropriated by Nazis. ”

This is the same ADL which evidently views no need to make even a general statement about the pro-Azov rallies breaking out in the roads of the US. “ Don’t believe we have any comment here. Thanks for reaching out, ” Todd Gitnick, the ADL’s Marketing communications Director, told me when I requested if they had any ideas on the “ Azov! ” chanters in NYC.

Meanwhile, only  a few short years ago

Read the associated with Tracey’s commentary at  Substack.

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