07:21 GMT20 April 2021
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    Ukraine officially recognized notorious ultranationalist groups, active in the 20th century, as freedom fighters, meaning Kiev authorities have chosen neo-Nazism as state ideology, a prominent Polish political scientist said.

    "Kiev authorities are forging their historic identity, openly citing neo-Nazism as an inspiration. Ukraine seems to be the only country in Europe to do this in a blatant manner, without being ashamed of its detestable past."

    According to the analyst, remarks made by Ukrainian politicians and members of parliament prove that all this is official. "Neo-Nazism is becoming a new state ideology in Ukraine," Mateusz Piskorski, head of the European Center for Geopolitical Analysis, told RIA Novosti.

    The analyst underlined that no other ideology has so much hatred and poison towards neighboring nations, namely the Russians and the Poles, but also the Jews and the Armenians.

    "Kiev has become the first European capital to openly glorify criminal ideology."

    On Thursday, the Ukrainian parliament passed a bill recognizing anyone who fought for Ukraine's independence from November 1917 until August 24, 1991, as part of formal, informal, underground, military or guerilla groups, a freedom fighter. These people are entitled to social benefits under the new law.

    Organizations covered by the controversial legislation include the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA) and the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN) that collaborated with Nazi Germany and are responsible for countless atrocities.


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