Updated 4:46 p.m. Moscow Time
GENEVA, October 1 (RIA Novosti) – Russia hopes that the use of Nazi symbols by battalions of Ukraine’s National Guard will receive appropriate international assessment, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Konstantin Dolgov said Wednesday.
“Where is the appropriate international reaction to this action? Unfortunately, so far it’s not being observed, but we hope that it will,” Dolgov said during a briefing.
“Those charging into battle with Nazi and Banderov symbols need to know and understand that the international community is not on their side,” Dolgov said.
Kiev has been denying any affiliations with neo-fascist movements despite apparent similarities between the symbols used by the Kiev-backed forces and those used by Nazi Germany during World War II.
For example, the Ukrainian National Guard's insignia bear similarities to the swastika and the badges of the Azov Battalion, formed in May 2014 in the city of Mariupol, bear strong resemblance to the Wolfsangel rune that served as a symbol for the Waffen-SS military forces.