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Ukrainian Military Claims Its Troops Use Nazi Insignias Because They Think These Are ‘Pirate Flags’

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Ukrainian Military Claims Its Troops Use Nazi Insignias Because They Think These Are 'Pirate Flags'

What if Captain Jack Sparrow was a “Ukrainian patriot”?

On December 13, the Ukrainian Air Assault Forces (UAAF) finally reacted on a wide-spread series of photos showing President Petro Poroshenko alongside a UAAF soldier with an insigna of the 3rd SS Panzer Division “Totenkopf” [“Death’s Head” in German] – one of 38 divisions of the Waffen-SS of Nazi Germany during World War II.

Ukrainian Military Claims Its Troops Use Nazi Insignias Because They Think These Are 'Pirate Flags'

Mr Poroshenko and Ukrainian “heroes”

The UAAF released a video, in which the photographed soldier claimed that he was wearing the SS Insignia “by mistake”. He allegedly thought that this is a kind of pirate flag.

In the first part of the video, the soldier “admitted” what he described as “his mistake”, which allowed “Russian propagandists” to spread “lies” about the mighty Ukrainian Armed Forces. In the second part of the video, other Ukrainian servicemembers went through the prepared script and claimed that they do not support this kind of behavior.

If the situation develops in this direction further, the Ukrainian Armed Forces’ media department should claim that it had dissiminated a reminder among UAAF troops how to find the differece between a pirate flag and Nazi insignias.

A pirate flag:

Ukrainian Military Claims Its Troops Use Nazi Insignias Because They Think These Are 'Pirate Flags'

A kind of Jolly Roger

Not a pirate flag:

Ukrainian Military Claims Its Troops Use Nazi Insignias Because They Think These Are 'Pirate Flags'

Insignia of 3rd SS Panzer Division Totenkopf

In fact, there are two main explanations of this situation:

  1. The UAAF recruits IDIOTS, who don’t know the difference between Nazi and pirate symbols;
  2. A new Nazi-related scandal in the media, which, this time, involved Poroshenko forced the Ukrainian military to undertake special PR measures in an attempt to convince that there are no Nazi supporters in within its ranks.

Even if the Point 1 is at least partly true, there are more victims of Russian propaganda that just accidentally mixed the symbols. The Special Operations Regiment “Azov” (more known as Azov Battalion).

Ukrainian Military Claims Its Troops Use Nazi Insignias Because They Think These Are 'Pirate Flags'

Another victims of “Russian propaganda

The unit is using the logo of the neo-Nazi Social-National Assembly as insignia and its flag. The Social-National Assembly was an assemblage of the ultra-nationalist and neo-Nazi Ukrainian radical organizations and groups founded in 2008. This organization as well as the Patriot of Ukraine [another neo-Nazi group] were among the key founders of the Special Operations Regiment “Azov” of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

Ukrainian Military Claims Its Troops Use Nazi Insignias Because They Think These Are 'Pirate Flags'

Social-National Assembly of Ukraine

Probably, the Social-National Assembly of Ukraine and the Patriot of Ukraine also made a mistake and mixed Nazi symbols [Wolfsangel] with pirate flags. All these sad msitakes are actively used by the “Kremlin propaganda” to undermine the “democracy” in Ukraine.

Unfortunately, the Ukrainian democracy has many enemies. Recently, Israeli ambassador to Ukraine Joel Lion ‏found that the Lviv region of Ukraine declared 2019 as the Stepan Bandera year.

It’s unclear what Mr Lion had been doing in Ukraine since 2014 if he found that Stepan Bandera is an official “hero” of the modern Ukrainian state in december 2018 only.

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