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Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard

01:30:44

10/01/2017

Inforeactor.ru

“Vladimir Vasyanovych, a neo-Nazi and veteran of Donbass, and associated with the neobanderist “Right Sector”, whose pictures were presented among others at the exhibition in the European Parliament, was awarded by Petro Poroshenko with the order “for courage,” reports the website kresy.pl.

In accordance with the decree of the President of Ukraine N 517/2016 of 21st November last year, Petro Poroshenko awarded Mr Vasyanovich, the Ukrainian neo-Nazi and member of the Ukrainian volunteer corps “Right Sector”, with the order “for courage” of the III class. Vasyanovych was reconnaissance of the 5th separate battalion of Right Sector. In June 2015, he lost his left leg when he stepped on a mine in the village of Spartak.

The publication also notes that the order “for courage” was also awarded to Sergeant Stanislav Partal, senior instructor (Deputy platoon commander) of the 1st reconnaissance brigade of the 1st platoon of the Azov regiment. And, in addition, the former leader of the neobanderist “Right Sector”, Dmitry Yarosh, received the order of Bogdan Khmelnitsky. All of the awards were handed out on November 21st, 2016, during the celebration of Day of dignity and freedom.

Vladimir Vasyanovych came to prominence at the end of February this year, when his photos were to appear at the exhibition in the European Parliament in Brussels dedicated to the “heroes” of the ATO. But the photos were not there, and the Polish journalist Tomasz Maciejczuk found them in the backroom and photographed them. In the picture it is clearly visible on the chest of the fighters that swastika had been gouged out, and on the right hand is a tattoo of the Nazi eagle.

For this act the Ukrainian media accused Maciejczuk of working for the Kremlin, one of the Ukrainian nationalists in the comments promised to shoot him, and later a Polish journalist was denied entry to Ukraine. Vasyanovych himself described his tattoos and posts on social media, advocating Nazism, as the “trolling of fighters”, because they call UAF fighters fascists. Ukrainian media came to the defence of the neo-Nazis, and one of the journalists of the 1+1 channel Solomiya Vitvitskaya supported his version of “trolling”, saying that in this case the swastika on the chest of the “hero” is not a problem.

Then, in February of 2016, the story of Vasyanovych received wide coverage. Materials on this subject were published by Polish, Russian, and Ukrainian media. Also, a photo of the volunteer of Right Sector appeared on a Dutch website, before the referendum in the country on the issue of Ukraine. But, as we see, all this international fame does not prevent neo-Nazis from receiving the order from the hands of the President. Likely, in the opinion of Poroshenko, the Nazi views of a soldier are not an obstacle to awarding him a high state award.

Journalist Tomasz Maciejczuk posted information about the award of Vasyanovich on his Facebook page, commenting with the words “it turns out this Nazi received the order from President Poroshenko.” He also sarcastically noted that “there are no Nazis in Ukraine”, and all this is “propaganda of the Kremlin.”

Interestingly, the Ukrainian Internet users actively defended Vasyanovich, who, from their point of view, “is not a Nazi, but a nationalist and a patriot of his country.” In general, their position is expressed in the following comment:

“If, in a difficult moment for the country, he came to the defense of his land, all the other disadvantages pale in comparison against this background”.

It is noteworthy that in the past the order “for courage” in Ukraine was awarded to the veterans of the Great Patriotic war. Thus, President Leonid Kuchma issued decrees in 1999 and 2003, according to which these medals were to be awarded to soldiers, partisans, and underground fighters for their courage and dedication in the fight against fascism during the Great Patriotic war. Now, after the state coup called the “revolution of dignity”, this order in Ukraine began to reward the Nazis, i.e, exactly those who these veterans defeated in 1945….

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