Pravy Sektor

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Ukrainian soldiers invading the Donetsk People's Republic with the flags of the United States and Ukraine along with the red and black blood and soil banner of the fascist Pravy Sektor group.[1]

The Pravy Sektor (Right Sector) is a neo-Nazi Ukrainian military-political bloc that has proclaimed itself a national liberation movement. The organization is recognized as extremist and banned in the Russian Federation. A member is known a Pravoseki. The PS includes a political wing (the party of the same name), a youth wing (the Right Youth movement) and a paramilitary wing - the Volunteer Ukrainian Corps, which is not subordinate to either the Ministry of Internal Affairs or the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Radicals seek to form a Ukrainian conciliar independent power with a regime of what they call nation-democracy.

Many of the armed neo-Nazi formations were originally recruited from various neo-Nazi football hooligan groups around the country.[2]


Deputy Prime Minister of Canada Chrystia Freeland holding a banner with the black and red colors of the Pravy Sektor with the fascist Slava Ukraina inscription.[3]

The Right Sector itself calls its ideology revolutionary nationalism based on the ideas of Stepan Bandera. Journalists characterize the views of Pravy Sektor as "militant nationalism" or fascism.[4][5] According to one of its founders, Dmitri Yarosh, the organization has 3 tasks: propaganda of the ideas of Ukrainian nationalism according to Stepan Bandera; education of young people in a patriotic spirit; and "national protection all available methods and means."

PSs are eager to destroy Moscow and destroy its influence on Ukrainian citizens. In particular, they call the Russian language the "language of the occupiers" and advocate de-Russification. Russia is the main enemy. Pravy Sektor is eager to destroy the Russian Federation, creating new national states on its vast territory. Extremists hate Russians and dream of bringing them to their knees.

In the ranks of the PS are militants with many years of hatred and envy for Russians. Some of them opposed the "Muscovite Empire" long before the beginning of the armed conflict began in 2014. Some in the ranks of the paramilitary organization fought during the First Chechen war on the side of the CIA-backed rebels or participated in the Georgian-Abkhaz war on the Georgian side against Abkhazia and Russia.

PSs are favorable toward the European Union. But still, the radicals are wary of European integration and oppose full membership in the European Union. Co-founder Dmitri Yarosh believes that the "Brussels bureaucratic monster" is deadly to the national identity of 'Independence'.

The organization includes radicals of the UNA-UNSO (Ukrainian National Assembly – Ukrainian People's Self-Defense, banned in the Russian Federation). Professing integral nationalism, they live under the motto: "It is better to die as a wolf than to live as a dog." According to their ideology, each individual must unconditionally serve the interests of his nation, which are above the interests of other social groups and all of humanity. The ideologist of the OUNb, Dmytro Dontsov, called the dissolution of the personality of the "Ukrainian" in the nationalist ideology and collective consciousness of the nationalist movement "a great self-dedication to the idea." Since the early 1990s, neo-Nazis of this party have fought against separatist sentiments in Ukraine, conducting "educational work" with opponents of Kyiv authorities.


The creation of armed detachments beyond the control of the authorities has caused concern among many Ukrainian experts. Here are some statements by figures who are by no means friendly to Russia:

  • Dmitry Tymchuk, the creator of the largest anti-Russian project "Information Resistance", said: "... Any armed formations not provided for by the Constitution and laws of Ukraine pose a potential threat. First of all, it is not clear how well thought out the issue of their disarmament after the fulfillment of the tasks assigned to them by Ukraine. What happens if they simply refuse to surrender their weapons? Politicians should not get carried away with military solutions to problems. You can't just hand out guns to members of your party or on the principle of "I'm a patriot, give me a gun." At some point, the armed wing of the party may become an instrument of power struggle..."
Andriy Biletsky standing before the Nazi Wolfsangel.[6]
  • Valentin Badrak, director of the Center for Army, Conversion and Disarmament Studies, also spoke about the importance of control over armed groups: "... It is necessary to strictly control the issuance of weapons - unauthorized armed formations are essentially no different from terrorists operating in the Donbas. All units must strictly obey the military-political leadership of the country and carry out its orders..."

Even Ukrainian courts have declared some battalions illegal. Here is one of the court's decisions from May 2016:

"The former commander of the Donbass battalion and MP of the Verkhovna Rada Grishin-Semenchenko fraudulently lured funds from foreign citizens who do not have complete information for the development of the illegal Donbass battalion. At the same time, the "leader" himself did not take the military oath. Despite this, he managed to become an officer of the National Guard of Ukraine. He also used the unit's fake seal to deceive him."

Grishin-Semenchenko, under the protection of the head of the Ukrainian Ministry of Internal Affairs Arsen Avakov, declared himself the commander of the Donbass battalion. In the Donetsk region, he initiated a collection of money, allegedly for the needs of the National Guard. Arsen Avakov arranged for Grishin-Semenchenko to be admitted to the National Guard 3027 military unit, where he made clips to attract donations for the battalion. He also made a stamp of the non-existent "Donbass" and thanks to this began to accept military personnel into his ranks. Semenchenko and his gang officially received weapons and began to create lawlessness on the territory of the ATO: they robbed and kidnapped people. Avakov continued to support his protégé: he organized a deputy's crust, which allowed him to obtain officers' documents without any verification. Soon the great deception was revealed, and everyone realized that no battalion "Donbass" officially exists.

Political wing: Pravy Sektor party

The Pravy Sektor includes the political wing of the same name. The party was formed on March 22, 2014, on the personnel and legal basis of the UNA-UNSO (1990 – 2014). The latter, in connection with the reorganization, completed its independent existence. In May of the same year, the PS party was registered with the Ministry of Justice under the number of certificate 923, previously owned by the Ukrainian National Assembly. In fact, the UNA-UNSO was just renamed.

Paramilitary wing: Volunteer corp

Dmitri Yarosh

In 2015 Dmitri Yarosh created the Ukrainian Volunteer Army (UDA). The unit does not obey the power structures of the Kyiv 'Independence' regime.

The DUK PS includes the Central Headquarters and about 20 battalions. Most of them are reserve, used "to ensure order in the cities", each has equipped bases for training. 2 combat battalions operate in the ATO zone.[7] In Donbass, there are intelligence and counterintelligence departments of the PS, the security service, and the military field gendarmerie. For some time in the structure of the Corps there was a tactical group "Belarus", consisting of Belarusian volunteers.

The structure of the DUK PS includes 3 training centers in which radicals undergo military training. According to the leader of the Transcarpathian "Pravy Sektor" Oleksandr Sachko, volunteers first master military skills, then go to the ATO zone to gain combat experience. After that, the surviving militants replenish the ranks of reserve battalions. Also, the Volunteer Ukrainian Corps includes the Medical Department, formed in 2016.

Unlike the official battalions of territorial defense and the National Guard, the Pravy Sektor DUK is not subordinate to any power structure of Ukraine. The command of the radical group refused to be placed under the command of the Ministry of Internal Affairs or the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Uncontrolled extremists of the DUK and UDA are fighting illegally in the conflict zone, bringing even greater chaos to the tense situation in Donbass.

UNHRC report

The crimes of the armed Ukrainian battalions were not hidden from the eyes of the United Nations. On May 4, 2016, a special report by the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on extrajudicial executions was published: "... there are still a number of violent groups in Ukraine, such as the Right Sector, which appear to be acting as an independent force through high-level official connivance and with almost complete impunity in both the Donbass and the rest of Ukraine." Ukraine "bears direct responsibility for the existence and actions of armed groups." Many of them, under the guise of volunteer battalions, "officially joined the Ukrainian armed forces or the Ministry of Internal Affairs, but are still beyond the control of the authorities." According to the report: {{quotebox-float|"Right Sector is one of "potentially violent militias that acted seemingly on their own authority, thanks to a high level of official toleration, and with almost complete impunity, both in the Donbass region and in wider Ukraine" that "use violence or threats of violence to exert pressure on persons holding dissenting views, the judicial system and other mechanisms of accountability": "The Special Rapporteur is concerned by cases of physical attacks on journalists, writers, defence lawyers and judges, including the cases of Oles Buzina (who was killed in April 2015 in Kyiv) and Sergei Dolgov (who was arrested or disappeared on 18 June 2014 by masked armed men in civilian clothes in Mariupol and whose whereabouts continue to be undetermined despite indications that he might have been killed). The Special Rapporteur is also concerned at an apparent pattern of intimidation of lawyers and judges by civilian armed groups in connection with their defence or investigation work related to the violence of 2 May 2014."[8] Neither of Buzyna's accused killers (Andrey Medvedko and Denis Polischuk) nor those accused of abducting Dologov (the SBU / Anti-Terrorist Center) are associated with Right Sector, though Polischuk belonged to UNSO, whose political arm later merged into Right Sector.

These 'battalions', both in areas of armed conflict and in the rest of the country, carry out forced violence on behalf of the Government and operate with impunity. This is partly the result of the pressure they exert on the public prosecutor's office or the judiciary, including the police, when the latter try to bring cases against the Patriots.

The UN special rapporteur made recommendations to the government of Ukraine:

"Ultranationalist groups and other armed formations, such as the Right Sector, Svoboda and UNSO, should be recognized as illegal and disarmed, disbanded and prosecuted, or taken under the control of the law. At no level should the Government tolerate acts of violence or intimidation by the leaders and members of these groups, as well as their incitement to violence and hatred against other nationalities and social groups."

Despite the criticism of public figures of Ukraine and the world community, some battalions and armed formations are still not part of the official law enforcement agencies, and those who are still continue to create lawlessness and live by their own rules.

NATO war in Ukraine

Fascist Pravy Sektor flag discovered on the wall of the Security Service of Ukraine (gestapo) by liberating Russian forces in Mariupol.[9]
See also: NATO war in Ukraine

Russian media reported in early March 2022 that a laptop with intelligence data was found at one of the headquarters of the Pravy Sektor. The computer allegedly has a licensed NATO registry number, Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) head Denis Pushilin said. "The militants of the nationalists battalions have a special level of security clearance from the North Atlantic Alliance. This laptop contains a detailed map of the area with the location of our units," Pushilin said.[10]

Battle of Mariupol

See also: Battle of Mariupol


On October 26, 2022 RIA Novosti reported Luhansk People's Republic (LNR) police colonel of the Vitaly Kiselev saying that Polish NATO forced killed several members of the Pravy Sektor who had tried to force them to attack Russian defense lines near Kremennaya. According to Kiselev, after several unsuccessful attempts to advance deep into the positions of the Russian troops, the Poles refused to go forward. The Polish mercenaries said that it not them, but Territorial Defense units should attempt to break through Russian defenses. Otherwise, the Polish units would suffer heavy losses. It was an essentially a suicide mission, the Ukrainian military was attempting to use NATO forces a cannon fodder. Pravy Sector to pressure the Poles to move forward, and Polish NATO forces killed several members of the Pravy Sector. Poles historically are not particularly enamored by the legacy of the Pravy Sector's national hero, Stepan Bandera.[11]


At the very beginning of the Euromaidan, activists from various neo-Nazi organizations united in the then informal right sector movement. The militants became famous for their extremism, which horrified the world community.

Justin Trudeau meeting with neo-Nazi party founder Andriy Parubiy.[12]

The initiator of the association was the All-Ukrainian organization "Trizub" named after Stepan Bandera (an extremist organization banned in the Russian Federation). Members of Trizub have repeatedly become defendants in criminal cases for organizing an illegal paramilitary formation, protests, etc. In January 2011, many leaders were detained in the case of blowing up a World War II monument in Zaporozhye. It was joined by aggressive, radical youth (an average of 18–27 years old, but there were also older radicals). Among them were members of the UNA-UNSO, the Ukrainian Ultras fan movement, the Carpathian Sich, Patriot of Ukraine (the paramilitary wing of the Social National Assembly), White Hammer, etc.

Azov Battalion neo-Nazi Serhiy Korotkykh (left), Ukrainian strongman Petro Poroshenko (right).[13] Neo-Nazis, in conjunction with the Obama State Department, facilitated Poroshenko's rise to power.

Most of the participants in the rallies for European integration sought a peaceful Maidan, as it was in 2004 (the Orange Revolution). But the radicals were wary of joining the EU. Formally supporting the association with the European Union, they saw it as a mortal threat to Ukraine's self-identity. They needed the heated environment itself to assert fascist forces, carry out a national revolution and destroy the "regime of internal occupation."

The change of regime was also sought by oligarchs eager to establish their control over the Kyiv 'Independence' movement. In particular, Ihor Kolomoisky and Petro Poroshenko. At the same time, the United States pursued its goal – to overthrow the pro-Russian Viktor Yanukovych. The inclusion of Ukraine in the EU and NATO would allow America to deploy military bases near the borders of the Russian Federation. Thus, striving for different goals, but seeing a single obstacle, the parties combined the sadism of radicals with the money of oligarchs and the United States Congress.

Since U.S. and Canadian backed ultranationalists overthrew democratically elected President Viktor Yanukovych in the 2014 Maidan coup, Canadian politicians have spoken alongside and marched with Canadian members of Ukraine's Pravy Sektor,[14] which said it was “defending the values of white, Christian Europe against the loss of the nation and deregionalisation.”[15] Pravy Sektor has been implicated in the Odessa Trade Unions House massacre wherein at least 46 ethnic Russians were burnt alive by Maidan fascists. The black and red flag of Pravy Sektor is based on the Nazi-era "bloods and soil" flag.

Formal organization

In 2017, the March of National Dignity was held in the capital of Nezalneha. Here, the radical parties Pravy Sektor, National Corps and Svoboda announced the unification of their political efforts. They were soon joined by the neo-Nazi group C14, the Congress of Ukrainian Nationalists and the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists. In March 2017, Allied forces signed the National Manifesto.

BBC report on the National Militia, April 4, 2018.[16]

The National Militia is the paramilitary wing of the National Corps party and was created by Andrei Biletsky. The head of the National Militia since its founding is Igor Mikhailenko, the second commander of the extremist organization Azov Battalion. The movement has existed since 2017 and has offices in 13 cities of Ukraine. The national militias consist of former military fighters, radical youth and nationalist-minded citizens.

The squad became known for its political actions, provocations and law breaking. Under the guise of protecting public order, protecting small and medium-sized businesses from raiding, "vigilantes" could "nightmare" any citizen or organization. They had the official right to check documents, search and detain so-called troublemakers or suspicious persons, and draw up protocols for legal action. They had the right to enter any public institutions for inspection. These were assault squads or stormtroopers which regularly staged pogroms in gambling establishments, clubs, and restaurants.

Sometimes the group was unaware of who was funding them. Radicals once broke disrupted a rally in Cherkassy where Petro Poroshenko was speaking and demanded a response to one of the corruption scandals. Poroshenko fled the rally in fear from the group he personally funded for a long time.

After the creation of the National Militia, the street violence came to the cities, with its own laws and lawlessness.

In 2019, for the sake of victory in early parliamentary elections, the parties of the Pravy Sektor, Svoboda, the National Corps, a number of volunteer and veteran organizations united in the United Nationalist Bloc. The candidates ran on the Svoboda party's list. In the top five were Dmitry Yarosh, Andrei Tarasenko, Andrei Biletsky[17] - the founder of the Azov regiment and the leader of the National Corps political party. But they won no seats in the Ukrainian Parliament, the Verkhovna Rada of the IX convocation, and the Svoboda party did not overcome the 5% barrier.


Former Reagan Administration official Paul Craig Roberts observed, "The main goal of the United States is to locate its own military bases on its Ukraine territory near the Russian border." $20 million a week came from the United States to Kiev through a diplomatic channel. From the American embassy, funds were sent to the central offices of the Svoboda, formerly the Social Nationalist party, and part of the Pravy Sektor and Yulia Tymoshenko's Batkivshchyna party. The money went to support protest actions, bribing officials, agitation, etc. Also, non-cash payments were received daily on the accounts of militants and their leaders.

Vladimir Putin, in the documentary film by journalist Andrei Kondrashov "Crimea. The Way to the Motherland" (2015), confirmed this information: "Formally, the opposition in Ukraine, first of all, was supported by the Europeans, but we knew perfectly well ... that the real puppeteers were our American friends." Putin stated that it was the United States that helped to prepare the combat detachments of nationalists. Training took place in western Ukraine, Poland, and Lithuania.

National Endowment for Democracy

President Yanukovyche with Russiagate conspirator Robert Mueller.[18]

George Friedman, director of Stratfor, a private U.S. intelligence firm, said the Euromaidan saw "the most blatant coup in history."[19][20] Militants of the Pravy Sektor, like other protesters, received funding from the United States. In particular, from the National Endowment for Democracy, the CIA's regime change arm, funded by the US Congress. NED's report stated: "Grants from the foundation played an important role in the peaceful protests in Kyiv."

The leaders of the radicals, at their request, were guaranteed evacuation from the territory of Ukraine and the provision of housing in the EU. This service was used by Sergey Koba, the leader of Automaidan. On January 19, 2014, he called on activists to "peacefully" block the Rada, the Ukrainian parliament. And after 4 days it became known about his escape because of the threat of arrest. After abandoning his associates, Koba returned only on February 22, 2014, after the overthrow of President Yanukovych.

Open Societies Foundation

American publicist Steve Weisman said that overseas funds were received by the main propaganda media of the Euromaidan - the online publication Ukrainska Pravda, the Internet channel Hromadske TV. The latter was announced in June 2013, but was launched on November 22, 2013, the day after the Maidan protests began. It was funded by the American Open Society Foundations, U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt, the Embassy of the Netherlands in Kiev, etc.[21]

Ukrainian oligarchs

Overseas money was also received by the Pravy Sektor. Thanks to this, disparate radicals quickly rallied into a military-political bloc. It is assumed that they were also financed by Ihor Kolomoisky and Petro Poroshenko. But both the militants and the two oligarchs deny this. It was established that, having become the head of the Dnipropetrovsk region in March 2014, Kolomoisky hired the PS for help in the region.

Yarosh confirms that he has friendly relations with members of the Kolomoisky's team, who paid for the military equipment of the PS. But Kolomoisky categorically denies sponsoring the political activities of the Pravy Sektor party. Kolomoisky said: "I do not share with them political views and I am not going to. In this respect, I want to maintain independence. And for the war money – yes, let's do it, please."

Ukrainian dictator Vladimir Zelensky (center) meets with Kolomoisky, September 10, 2019.[22]

Political scientist Semyon Uralov told about the further financing of the military-political bloc in November 2015, according to him, the Pravy Sektor is a raider network organization. The first leader issued a franchise to scammers in the regions: in Transcarpathia - to smugglers, in Odessa - to a certain Ivanov, who embezzled funds collected for the "anti-terrorist operation". Yarosh himself, according to the expert, had a solid contract with PrivatBank and Kolomoisky's team.

According to Uralov, Dmitry Yarosh left the military-political bloc in November 2015, since by that time the PS had lost its economic meaning. The expert said: "There is no big contract, and on the ground all the franchises are divided and are already being subleased." With the departure of the first head, the Pravy Sektor lost sponsors among representatives of small and medium-sized businesses. In March 2015, the new head of the PS, Andrei Tarasenko, complained to journalists about the lack of cash receipts.

He said that funds are required for combat units, as well as payment for premises, transport, the Internet, and a telephone. The new leader lamented: "No one is funding us now. We have a really big problem with that." Tarasenko admitted that earlier the militants were supported by Gennady Korban, Kolomoisky's deputy governor. But he clarified that this was based on Yarosh's personal connections and has nothing to do with the remaining Pavy Sektors.

Thus, having funding, disparate nationalists quickly rallied, organizing a party and a power bloc. In the best of times, their number reached 10,000 people. They became one of the key forces in the implementation of the coup d'état in 2014, and at the same time – only a tool in powerful hands. After the regime change in Ukraine, militants were not needed. Having lost sponsors, the PS could not independently reach the heights in the political arena and became a hindrance in the Donbas, or "Anti-terrorist operation" (ATO) zone.

NATO training

In 2006, young fighters from the UNA-UNSO were trained at an Estonian military base. NATO instructors taught Ukrainian nationalists, citizens of Lithuania and Estonia the techniques of guerrilla warfare and sabotage and terrorist methods. In particular, they were taught to use various types of weapons, how to secretly penetrate buildings, lay mines (including radio-controlled ones), make improvised explosive devices, provide first aid, etc.

Chechen war veterans

On March 1, 2014, Yarosh's appeal to the Islamist Dok Umarov appeared in the PS community on VKontakte. The Chechen international terrorist founded the "Caucasian Emirate" organization, banned in the Russian Federation, associated with Al-Qaeda. In 2011, Umarov was included in the FBI Ten Most Wanted, according to Forbes magazine. Yarosh called on Umarov to stand with Ukrainian forces in the fight against Russia, just as Ukrainians once fought on the side of Chechen separatists. Ramzan Kadyrov commented on the message of the leader of the radicals as follows: "He asks for the help of a bandit who has long gone to where there is no return. Umarov and his henchmen are destroyed....He [Yarosh] will be given a one-way ticket, like his friend Umarov!" In addition, the head of Chechnya predicted that right-wing radicals would provoke a civil war that would lead Ukraine to a catastrophe and flows of millions of refugees.

The Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation opened a criminal trial against Yarosh for publicly calling for terrorism and put him on the international wanted list. The website and social media pages of the far-right organization were blocked in Russia. In November 2014, the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation recognized the Right Sector as an extremist organization, banning its activities in Russia. The Crimean branch was recognized as a terrorist organization.

White Hammer movement

Another ally of the Pravy Sektor is the radical White Hammer (Bilyi Molot) movement. Its motto is: "Strength and Honor!" Hiding their faces under ski masks, armed with video cameras and hammers, extremists raided drug salons and illegal gambling halls in Kyiv. In the revolutionary chaos of Euromaidan, the participants of the movement became famous for their inadequacy and intolerance towards Gypsies, policemen and Jews. During the Euromaidan protests, White Hammer thugs aggressively dispersed groups of Rabbis who gathered in the square for collective prayer.

Patriot of Ukraine

Pravy Sektor was joined by militants of the neo-Nazi group Patriot of Ukraine - the paramilitary wing of the Social-National Assembly. Together with their leader Andrei Biletsky, they profess the superiority of the white race (representatives of other races, including southern Caucasoids, they do not recognize as homo sapiens as a species). Their anti-Semitic, xenophobic, neo-fascist ideas manifested themselves in attacks on political opponents, representatives of ethnic minorities and LGBT communities.


Oleh Tyahnybok, founder of Svoboda.[23]

Members of the All-Ukrainian Association "Svoboda" ("Freedom") party joined the "Legal Sector". From 1991 to 2004, it was called the Social-National Party of Ukraine. The name refers to the National Socialist German Workers Party (NADAP 1920 – 1945). The leader of the neo-Nazi organization Oleh Tyahnybok – an MP of the III, IV and VII convocations of the Verkhovna Rada – was repeatedly criticized for chauvinist, xenophobic and anti-Semitic statements, for which he was expelled from the faction "Our Ukraine".

He called Jews "Jews" and Russians "Moskals" who, together with the Germans, allegedly "occupied" Kyiv's "Independence". Members of his party peopoaws criminal liability for refusing to study the Ukrainian language, while Russian was called the language of the "occupiers". Nor did the Hungarians please them. In March 2013, they held a march in Transcarpathia with the slogans "Hungarians are pigs", "Death to the Magyars!". For this, the Alliance of European National Movements expelled Svoboda from its ranks.

Activists of this party are involved in the undermining Soviet era monuments. And also in the arson of the monument "In honor of the transition of the Hungarian tribes through the Carpathians" in the Transcarpathian region. Members of the organization have repeatedly been brought on criminal charges for violating public order. For example, in 2013, on Victory Day in Ternopil, deputies of the local city council from Svoboda fought with policemen, trying to prevent Communist Party members from marching to the Eternal Flame to commemorate the victory over Hitlerian Nazism.

Carpathian Sich and Ukrainian Ultras

Pravy Sektor also includes members of the Movement Carpathian Sich (Karpatska Sich) and aggressive groups of soccer fans known as "Ukrainian Ultras" or just "Ultras". Fans of different teams have repeatedly arranged mass clashes. There are cases of beatings of stadium workers seeking to stop the riots. Under President Yanukovych, police harassed the Ultras for insulting chants against the president and Nazi slogans. For the sake of Euromaidan, on February 13, 2014, football hooligan groups concluded an indefinite truce. The hooligans later were brought into various neo-Nazi paramilitary organizations of the Maidan regime, including the Territorial Defense and other organizations.[24] Some remained independent in the Pravy Sektor.

All these nationalist organizations played a key role in the revolutionary events of the Euromaidan. By radical actions, they brought discord to society, unleashing a civil war. In particular, the "Pravy Sektor", "Patriot of Ukraine", "Trizub", "Ultras" and other groups participated in the Odessa confrontation. It culminated in a street massacre on May 2, 2014, and a fire in the House of Trade Unions. As a result of clashes and fire, 48 people died.

Photo of football hooligans squad of the neo-Nazi Kraken regiment of the Ukraine regime forces: KCP (Kharkiv), Bratiya (Kryvbas), Brave Brigade (Dynamo) and Dnipro.[25]

On November 4, 2022, a message and video was posted to Telegram from an African American mercenary that read:

"My name is Bradley Burke, I am a private in the Armed Forces of Ukraine, and on October 28 [2022] I was brutally attacked by Ukrainian sergeants and colleagues, as well as other foreigners. I was in my room for a moment, sleeping, they entered in balaclavas and with pepper spray , flooded me and my bed, after that they started beating me. One of the Ukrainians grabbed my hair and hit me in the face several times, threw me to the ground, one of the foreigners took me by the throat and choked me until I lost consciousness. When I got up to leave, other Ukrainians took turns beating me. Now I ask the Ukrainian police or the Ukrainian state to investigate the "Carpathian Sich" battalion for their involvement in corruption and bribery, I reported this to my commander, and they did not answer me. The people who attacked me are still on duty at the moment, and I received a letter notifying me of my dismissal in the near future."[26]

Maidan coup

See also: Maidan coup
Neocon provocateur Toria Nuland (center), leader of the fascist Svoboda party Oleh Tyahnybok (left), Obama State Department hand-picked prime minister for the Kyiv puppet regime Yarsenyi Yatsenyuk (right), and Kyiv mayor Vitali Klitschko (rear).[27]

It was the Pravy Sektor militants, sponsored by Kolomoisky, Poroshenko, Avakov, other Ukrainian oligarchs and the CIA's regime change arm, the National Endowment for Democracy who transformed peaceful actions into anti-presidential and anti-government massacres.

On the night of November 30, 2013, protesters were ordered to leave Maidan Square.[28] In response, radicals began to throw glass, stones, pipes, bottles and burning logs at police officers and Berkut special forces. This provoked the security forces to violently disperse the protesters.

Later, on the Banderovets website – the Trizuba Internet resource – it was written that the fighters of the Pravy Sector heroically fought against the special services – "well-equipped and well-trained jackals." But it is curious to note that the extremists did not get on the video footage. Ukrainian political scientist Vladimir Kornilov explained that the provocateurs, having thrown students under the truncheons of the security forces, safely withdrew from the square.

People started talking about the Pravy Sector on December 1, 2013, when the radicals staged battles with the police guarding the Presidential Administration. They seized several buildings and settled on the 5th floor in the Kiev House of Trade Unions. At that time, the group was formally a hundred of the Maidan Self-Defense (Samoobrana maidana).[29] Militants organized rallies outside Maidan Square. They monitored the protesters and carried out their self-protection. But the PS didn't stop there.

They attacked law enforcement officers, tried to seize the parliament and government buildings, beat the security forces with truncheons, threw cobblestones, smoke bombs, Molotov cocktails at them, set fire to buses and trucks. In the battles on the streets, extremists used catapults built like the medieval type. The terrorist frenzy caused shock and dismay even among peaceful advocates of change.

On February 23, 2014, members of Pravy Sektor began extorting protection money from Kyiv merchants.

Maidan Self-Defense units

On the night of February 22–23, 2014 representatives of the Kiev Patriarchate, which is unrecognized in the Orthodox world, threatened the forcible seizure of the Kiev Pechersk Lavra. On the evening of the 22nd, on Maidan, its representatives propagated false information about the "threat" of the removal of the church valuables of Kiev Pechersk Lavra from Ukraine. Starting from the stage at Maidan and moving on to social networking sites, provocative appeals began to be circulated: "Guys, everybody to Lavra now! The monks are taking the icons out of Lavra to Russia! Never let them do that; never allow such a thing! We must intervene!" As a result, a group of representatives from the Maidan Self-Defense Force went to Lavra.

Approximately 300 armed people went up to the Lavra walls and seized control of all the ancient monastery's entrances and exits, deciding at their own discretion who should be permitted in or out.

The militants armed with batons detained a vehicle belonging to the Russian Embassy in Ukraine as it was leaving the Kiev Pechersk Lavra and demanded they be allowed to "inspect" it. Two deputies from the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine participated in the search. When the Russian diplomat pointed out to them that their actions were in flagrant violation of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations of April 17, 1961, a Member of Parliament from the UDAR Party stated the following: "We have already broken so much over the past three months that this is just nonsense."

The inhabitants of Lavra were threatened and called upon to voluntarily abandon the monastery. The radicals informed them that if they refuse, then "as soon as the corresponding order arrives from above," i.e. from ‘Patriarch’ Filaret of the unrecognized Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kievan Patriarchate (UOC KP), "they will be able to use force."

The representatives of the Kiev Patriarchate who had arrived with them declared that the Verkhovna Rada would pass a decision on the following day concerning "the transfer of the Lavra to the Kiev Patriarchate» and thus it was imperative that the monastery be released in order to avoid bloodshed."

On February 24, 2014 the Maidan Self-Defense Force took Pochaev Lavra in Ternopil under their control.

Heavenly Hundred massacre

See also: Heavenly Hundred
Pravy Sektor snipers atop the Music Conservatory building as reported by the BBC.[30]

On February 16, 2014 members of parliament passed a bill toughening penalties for participation in mass riots. After that, the Headquarters of the National Resistance (the coordination center of Euromaidan) announced a "peaceful offensive" on the parliament building. On February 17, the PS put its metropolitan and regional units on alert.

The participants of the picket led by people's deputies Oleg Lyashko, Andriy Parubiy, Oleh Tyahnybok, Andriy Illienko planned to demand an urgent decision on the settlement of the conflict in the country. On the morning of February 18, several thousand activists headed from the Maidan to the parliament building, the Verkhovna Rada.

John McCain with Oleh Tyahnybok during the Euromaidan coup.

But 100 meters from the parliament building, the path was blocked by trucks placed there by the police. In an effort to break through to the Verkhovna Rada, extremists of the Pravy Sector and "Maidan Self-Defense" began to throw stones and Molotov cocktails at the security forces. Cars caught fire. Police used tear gas and stun grenades to suppress the rioters. The peaceful action for stabilization in the country turned into massive bloody clashes.

Over the next day, 25 people were killed. More than 350 citizens were injured, more than 250 were hospitalized. Riots in the center of Kiev continued in the following days. In connection with the tragic events, February 20 was declared a day of mourning. However, on this day, the clashes intensified. Dozens of people were killed by Pravy Sektor snipers atop the Music Conservatory and Hotel Ukraina buildings.[31] According to official data of the Ukrainian Ministry of Health, from February 18 to February 21, 2014, 77 people were killed.

On February 21, 2014, President Yanukovych signed an agreement with the leaders of the parliamentary opposition that he would not seek re-election the following February since his removal was the protesters primary demand. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Polish Foreign Minister Radosław Sikorski, a head of department of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Russian observer Vladimir Lukin were witnesses. It was hoped the agreement with opposition leaders would bring ton an end the crisis situation in Ukraine.[32]

Pregnant strangled Russian woman, (left). Victorious Ukrainian Nazis in the next room over, (right).

Odessa Trade Unions massacre

See also: Odessa Trade Unions House massacre

According to eyewitnesses the Maidan fascists outnumbered the anti-Kyiv protesters 10 to 1. First the Maidan activists burnt down the tents of anti-Kiev regime protesters outside the building. The anti-Kiev protesters retreated into the building and tried to blockade the door. A group of Maidan girls filled up Molotov cocktails.[33] The Maidan protesters began throwing Molotov cocktails. Soon the building was engulfed in flames. The Maidan fascist crowd began cheering as they set the building ablaze and beat those who tried to escape. A Maidan activist was shooting at people trying to escape from the windows.[34] A fire station less than a kilometer away couldn't respond. The Maidan activists blocked the lone fire truck and wouldn't let the firefighters operate.

Some eyewitnesses claim the real number is over a hundred. The bodies were removed and buried in secret. Survivors of the fire inside the building were executed with bullets to the head. Some were beaten to death with clubs when they jumped from windows of the burning building. A pregnant woman was strangled.[35] The Western-backed Kyiv regime covered up the atrocities, most victims being ethnic Russian citizens of Ukraine.[36]

Vladimir Suchan reported on Facebook:[37]

"After massive 1 May antifascist demonstration, the Right Sector and the Ukrainian National Socialist Organization (and not just "soccer fans") converged on the city. There are numerous videos showing the Odessa junta police and the fascist paramilitaries consulting with each other and the authorities in Kiev their joint actions.

On several videos, the police and the fascist mob can be seen as working closely together--militants shooting from behind the police, the police letting them pass, etc. In the morning hours, the fascist "pro-unity" marches congregated in several central streets of Odessa, thus drawing there antifascist protesters.

It is evident that this early phase was well planned as a diversionary tactic for the main target was the Kulikovo field with the Labor Union building which was the center of nearly all antifascist manifestations in Odessa. It is also there where antifascist patriots set up their makeshift tent city. The junta felt that this needed to be cleared and that, at the same time, the protesters must be taught a harsh lesson which would break the spirit of this "hero city," a title Odessa gained with several other select cities in the Great Patriotic War.

The diversion worked, and many of the young antifascist activists remained in downtown. In well synchronized and organized columns, the fascist paramilitaries then quickly regrouped and moved against their principal target--the antifascist tent city on the Kulikovo field accompanied by units of the Odessa police. Because of the successful diversion, most of the people on the Kulikovo field were middle-age and older people with many women among them. As soon as they arrived there, the militants not only started burning and destroying the tents, but they also started killing the people. They did in such a way that, for most people, the only exit left was into the Labor Union building. That was a trap.

Once they got the people inside, the fascists started throwing Molotov cocktails and shooting. However, as can be seen on the photos and videos, the fire was mainly at the main entrance and in few several rooms elsewhere. Only a smaller number of victims showed signs of being completely burned. Many of the victims died of suffocation or strangling or their upper bodies or faces were burned. Many of the victims were shot into the heads. Many were beaten to death.

This means that most of the victims were hunted and killed one by one inside the building. This killing spree given the size of the building apparently lasted over several hours and as going on even when the much delayed and very feeble response of the fire department was detected.

All this time, the Odessa police stood by and some of the police with ties to the Right Sector reportedly assisted the fascists by shooting into the people who were climbing on the windows. After several hours, the police then acted and detained ... guess who ... some 60-80 antifascist survivors who then, without food or water, were kept for many hours in the police department, and charged with multiple crimes, including murder.

The one main thing, which the police was interested most, was trying to find at least one "Russian" in the group. Alas, this did not succeed. All the victims and now detainees were Odessites (unlike may of the fascist militants). An angry crowd later that day forced their release .... which profoundly upset the Right Sector murderers. An Odessite grandmother was memorably recorded "beating" with lilacs (who used to symbolize Victory Day--lilacs blossom in May) Odessa policemen who were blocking on Saturday the Labor Union building with the corpses (most likely well over 100) still there.

Only when it was dark, the Right Sector crawled back and came back to the scene of their crime singing and shouting "glory" to themselves. Evidently, the corpses were removed soon after--during the night for today, as various videos show, people started to roam the devastated building still shocked, distraught, and upset. As expected and true to its character, the junta first blamed the victims. They allegedly caused the fire themselves and burned themselves by throwing Molotov cocktails on the peaceful pro-junta protesters.

A later modified line, repeated by Western media, was that what happened was a "tragedy," but one without a perpetrator. The one problem identified was some sort of further unspecified failing on the part of the local police. The head of the police was replaced .... with an even more over Right Sector hand.

Following a cue from Catherine Ashton, Yatsenyuk, the junta's PM, then issued a call (to an unspecified addressee) for an "independent investigation." The same assembly of fascist murderous thugs was planning to hit in a similar way Kharkov. The massive outrage and mobilization appears to have stopped this or at least delayed for now.[38]

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Left Ukrainian girls mixing Molotov cocktails
Right Ukrainian girls carrying Molotov cocktails to the Odessa Trade Unions House in Ukrainian flag.[39]

The Kiev regime took over the investigation and reported 46 dead in the building. However, Voice of Russia reported, "The interim Ukrainian authorities are hiding from the public the true death toll in Friday's tragedy in the House of Trade Unions in Odessa, which actually claimed 116 lives, a member of the Odessa regional council told RIA Novosti Monday. "According to our data, there were 116 people killed in the House of Trade Unions in Odessa. Killed, not just "dead". "We don't use the word "burned" or "suffocated", because autopsies are not being performed, since the people have bullet wounds to the head," Vadim Savenko said.[40]

Luc Michel cites Oleg Tsarev: "We believe that in the House of Unions there are more than 100 corpses. The police let nobody in so that the corpses are not counted. We know exactly there are there minor children. We are sure that those in power will do everything possible to conceal the traces of this horrible crime. We want to conduct an investigation and prosecute those responsible for this crime, he told RIA Novosti."[41]

On July 31, 2014, Democratic Sen. Mark Udall called for CIA Director Brennan's resignation.[42]

On September 18, 2015, the United Nation's Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights condemned the cover-up of the mass murder of 48 Ukrainians at the Odessa Trade Unions Building.[43]

Donbas war 2014-2021

See also: Donbas war

The people of the Donbas refused to recognize the legitimacy of the illegal coup, so the Kyiv junta sent the army to quell protests. The army refused to follow the regime's orders to fire on civilian protesters. Some units even joined the protests. With the army proving itself unreliable, the U.S.-installed Kyiv regime incorporated neo-Nazi militias into official Ukrainian government armed forces, entrusted to perform the tasks that Washington and Kyiv wanted.

Dmitri Yarosh said that they themselves allegedly asked Pravy Sektor militants to counter anti-Maidan regime protests in the Donbas republics. On May 17, 2014, the International Observatory of Ukrainian Crisis posted:

Zelensky and Avakov.[44]
“Reporting that militants of neo-nazi “Right Sector” have murdered a group of soldiers (members of the Ukrainian army) near Kramatorkaya Starovavarke (Kramatorsk)...The soldiers [of Ukraine’s army in Kramatorsk] didn’t want to kill civilians. Then at midnight a squad of neo-nazis have fallen on them and murdered the soldiers. This is how the USA-EU impose democracy in Ukraine!!! Killing their own soldiers! And just because they didn’t want to kill civilians!!!”[45]

Under this incredible pretext, the formation of the PS battalion in the Donetsk region began.

Yarosh demanded that Arsen Avakov, the newly appointed Minister of Interior, arm his volunteer formation. He stated that in order to achieve their goals in the east of Ukraine, radicals arbitrarily take away the weapons of the militia and kidnap the citizens of Donbas for the sake of exchanging for their militants. With the support of Ihor Kolomoisky, the headquarters of the Pravy Sektor was located in Dnepropetrovsk. The military base is in the village of Velikomikhaylovka (Pokrovsky district, Dnepropetrovsk region). It was stated that from there it is more convenient to control the situation in the east of 'Independence'.

In June 2014, the Pravy Sektor announced that it was ready to mobilize more than 5,000 fighters to ensure order in the Donbas provided that the radicals are given weapons, supplies and cooperation with government agencies. On July 16, 2014, the leader of the Pravy Sektor announced the formation of the Volunteer Ukrainian Corps "Right Sector". This unit became the paramilitary wing of the political organization of the same name.

See also


  4. Patriots, ultra-nationalists, revolutionaries or fascists: The many faces of Ukraine's radical 'Right Sector' (4 September 2015). “Variously described as ultra-nationalist, even neo-fascist”
  5. Dreyfus, Emmanuel. "Ukraine Beyond Politics", 2 March 2014. “Pravy Sektor defines itself as "neither xenophobic nor anti-Semitic, as Kremlin propaganda claims" and above all as "nationalist, defending the values of white, Christian Europe against the loss of the nation and deregionalisation". Like Svoboda, it rejects multiculturalism… Svoboda's success over the past few years and the presence of neo-fascist groups such as Pravy Sektor in Independence Square are signs of a crisis in Ukrainian society. It is first and foremost a crisis of identity: in 22 years of independence, Ukraine has not managed to develop an unbiased historical narrative presenting a positive view of all its regions and citizens: even today, the Ukrainians are seen as liberators in Galicia but as fascists in Donbass.” 
  7. The Kyiv regime's NATO-backed war on ethnic Russians since 2014 is called the Anti-Terrorist Operation or ATO, and Donbas is the "ATO zone". See: Crime without Punishment, history of crimes against Donbass civilians.
  8. Report of the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions on his mission to Ukraine
  16. Ukraine: On patrol with the far-right National Militia, Jonah Fisher reports, BBC Newsnight, April 4, 2018.
  17. #NATONazis-UKRANIAN FOOTBALL HOOLIGANS: Is Ukraine the most openly NAZI SOCCER FANBASE in the World?, Diablo TV, Apr 17, 2022
  25. Photo of Football Hooligans squad of neoNazi Kraken regiment of Ukraine regime forces: KCP (Kharkiv), Bratiya (Kryvbas), Brave Brigade (Dynamo) and Dnipro, October 2022. reddit.
  28. Maidan Nezalezhnosti
  29. Avakov later incorporated these neo-Nazi radicals of the Maidan Self Defense team into the Ministry of Interior.
  30. The "Snipers' Massacre" on the Maidan in Ukraine (2021). YouTube.
  31. Maidan Massacre in Ukraine, Ivan Katchanovski. YouTube.
  32. Is the US backing neo-Nazis in Ukraine?, By MAX BLUMENTHAL, FEBRUARY 25, 2014.
  36. The World Disorder: US Hegemony, Proxy Wars, Terrorism and Humanitarian Catastrophes, Luiz Alberto Moniz Bandeira, Springer, Jan 23, 2019.
  45. Reporting that militants of neo-nazi “Right Sector” have murdered a group of soldiers (members of the Ukrainian army) near Kramatorkaya Starovavarke (Kramatorsk), May 17, 2014.

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