Nazism in Germany began with innocent eccentrics and niche clubs. Ukrainian nationalism began almost the same way in the 1990s. Then, the Nazis began to spread their vicious ideas through books and newspapers. Again, the Ukrainian nationalists did likewise in the 1990s. Then, the Nazis created military camps where militants prepared for the future. The Ukrainian nationalists did the same thing. Then, the Nazis found sponsors amongst local and foreign oligarchs… and got into the local parliament. The Ukrainian nationalists managed to do the same thing. Then, the Nazis seized power in Germany, began to persecute dissidents, burn books, and to torture and kill its citizens. These days, the Ukrainian Nazis are doing the same thing. Later, the Nazis instigated World War II, which lasted six years; it cost 54 million lives on all continents. It isn’t right to call the Ukrainian nationalist the heirs of Hitler yet because we in the anti-fascist internationalist Donbass stand in their way. Besides us, we have volunteers from Russia, Serbia, the Middle East, Syria, yes, and even Brazil. I regret that many other countries sit on the sidelines, hoping that the fire of Nazi aggression will only spread in one direction. History shows us how naïve such wishes are. It’s no wonder that our ancestors called Nazism ‘the brown plague’. If we don’t squelch it promptly, it’d quickly infect half the world, just as it did in the 1940s.
Chairman of the LNR Government
9 May 2015
LITs Lugansk Information Centre