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How the NYT Defangs Ukraine's neo-Nazis

One of the main Ukrainian Insurgent Army battalions was organized by the Nazis who called it the Bataillon Ukrainische Gruppe Nachtigall (Nightingale Battalion).

Nazi Orpo troops with local Ukrainian collaborationist Schutzmannschaft.
Nazi Orpo troops with local Ukrainian collaborationist Schutzmannschaft. Wikipedia photo

(PORTLAND) - I posted a more recent example of what Parry calls "unwritten rule of the MSM’s coverage of the Ukraine crisis," to pretend that the neo-Nazi militias were simply one of Vladimir Putin’s “delusions” or a figment of Russian propaganda or at most a minor and insignificant factor in ousting Yanukovych.

In the article link below on the killing of a notoriously violent Right Sector activist, NYT reporter Andrew Higgins describes a comrade of the deceased as "Yuriy Shukhevych", a veteran Ukrainian nationalist leader whose father, Roman, commanded the Ukrainian Insurgent Army** against the Polish and Soviet authorities in the 1930s and ’40s.” Higgins doesn’t note that this group supported the Nazi invasion and continued to fight the Soviets after they had defeated the Nazis, but that’s not his worst journalistic offense.

A few grafs down, Higgins quotes Yuriy Shukhevych again, without qualification, as “the son of the wartime nationalist hero.”

Read it all http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/12/world/europe/mystery-surrounds-death-of-fiery-ukrainian-activist.html?hp

* In 1949, while continuing a guerrilla war with some CIA help against the Soviets after they had defeated the Nazis, UPA leader Roman Shukhevych was killed in an Soviet ambush near Lviv. The previous anti Russian government, defeated in 2010 by Yanukovych , issued a stamp honoring Shukhevych in 2007.

 Ukraine honors UPA leader Roman Shukhevych

** The Ukrainian Insurgent Army--Ukrayins’ka Povstans’ka Armiya (UPA) was the military unit of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists-Bandera Faction OUN-B). One of its main battalions was organized by the Nazis who called it the Bataillon Ukrainische Gruppe Nachtigall (Nightingale Battalion).
 

From When Is a Putsch a Putsch? (The US False Narrative about Ukraine Continues

By Robert Parry at

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/04/09-3

“...the New York Times on Sunday published a long and flattering profile of a Ukrainian man named Yuri Marchuk who was wounded in clashes around Kiev’s Maidan square in February. In the first half of the story, written by Alison Smale, we read about Marchuk’s courage in standing and fighting with his brave comrades.

The Neo-Nazi Connection

Ukrainische Hilfspolizei collaboration with the Axis Powers during World War II. Wikipedia

Only in the latter half of the article do we get a hint of a darker side to the tale. We’re told that Marchuk is “carefully skirting questions about the arrival of guns stolen from a government depot in the western Ukraine city of Lviv,” which was sending hundreds of new militants daily to bolster the sagging protests.

But what we’re not told by the Times is that Lviv is a neo-Nazi stronghold where 15,000 members of the far-right Svoboda party held a torchlight parade in honor of World War II Nazi collaborator Stepan Bandera and where Svoboda has been mounting a campaign to have the local airport named in honor of Bandera, whose fascist paramilitary force took part in the exterminations of Jews and Poles.

However, since it’s been the consistent MSM practice to white-out the role of the neo-Nazi brown shirts – all the better to protect the pleasant narrative of a Kiev Spring – the Times ignores the Bandera angle and the significance of the Lviv reference.

Instead, we’re simply told: “organizers in Lviv said they alone were sending 600 people a day to Kiev. That enabled exhausted defenders [of the Maidan protests] to eat and sleep while new arrivals built barricades and then, early on Feb. 20, thrust toward the Berkut [police] positions.”

It was during that clash when Marchuk, a leader of a “sotin” or paramilitary force of 100 fighters, was shot in the right leg and suffered other wounds. After getting a splint on his leg, Marchuk said he returned to City Hall “checking on the fate of the 35 members of his hundred who had volunteered for that Thursday. Two were killed, 12 wounded, the rest all right, he found,” the Times reported.

We have to read down even further, to the fourth paragraph from the end, to learn that Marchuk is “close to Oleg Tyagnibok, leader of the nationalist Svoboda party,” though again the significance of that fact is not explained. The article continues in heroic terms:

“In these revolutionary times, he [Marchuk] suggested, it is not enough simply to be a patriot. You have to defend what you treasure. ‘To sit in the kitchen and simply cry about how much we love Ukraine, that is a crime,’ he said.”

But what is left out of this story is far more important than what is put in. The reporter should have pressed Marchuk about exactly what he thinks Ukrainians should “treasure,” whether he admires Nazi collaborator Bandera and what he would like to do with the ethnic Russians living in east and south Ukraine, Yanukovych’s “base” in the 2010 election.

Wouldn’t the story have been more interesting to Times’ readers if Smale had blended the grays of Marchuk’s far-right politics into this two-dimensional tale of the “white hat” Marchuk fighting bravely against the “black hat” Yanukovych.

But that would have violated an unwritten rule of the MSM’s coverage of the Ukraine crisis, to pretend that the neo-Nazi militias were simply one of Vladimir Putin’s “delusions” or a figment of Russian propaganda or at most a minor and insignificant factor in ousting Yanukovych.

Read it all at http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/04/09-3

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