Stefan Romaniw, present-day leader of the Bandera wing of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN-B)

I think Jonathan Brunson hit the nail on the head when he said the truth about Ukraine “is actually bizarrely close to Russia’s gleeful, fake news fiction:”

A diaspora-funded cabal of western Ukrainian anti-communists and crypto-fascists has been quietly plotting to take over the rest of Ukraine since independence in 1991. They have patiently interpenetrated ruling spheres of electoral politics, culture, education, civics, and the power ministries to outlaw opponents and ensure the impunity of their own political violence specialists in public service. …


ULSTER COUNTY, NY — Just south of the Catskills, home of the historic “Borscht Belt” (or “Jewish Alps”), somewhat hidden on the Shawangunk Ridge in Kerhonkson is an inconspicuous Ukrainian Orthodox chapel built by Peter Voinovsky, a Nazi collaborator and war criminal, on what used to be his property. During World War II, he commanded the “Bukovinian Battalion” (Bukovyns’kyi Kurin’), set up in 1941 by the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists led by Andriy Melnyk — the OUN-M. Voinovsky “organized a string of massacres of Jews” in Northern Bukovina when the Nazis invaded the Soviet Union. …


It was an appropriately somber day that I finally made the trip to South Bound Brook, New Jersey to visit the grave of the Ukrainian nationalist leader Mykola Lebed — a Nazi collaborator and war criminal who worked for the CIA throughout the Cold War — and the memorial he helped establish at St. Andrew’s Ukrainian cemetery. Thirty-five years ago, in 1984, his longtime partner in crime Ivan Hrinioch, a Greek Catholic priest with ties to Nazi and Vatican intelligence before the CIA made him its principal agent in early postwar Ukrainian operations, “led a procession of hundreds of Ukrainians…


2015 ICE Foundation annual gala at the Mayflower Hotel

The day the New York Times reported “one of the first clear indications that the president’s hard-line [immigration] policies are being carried out on a grand scale,” six blocks from the White House, the Mayflower Hotel hosted an “ICE Recognition Gala,” as it has ever year since 2011 in virtual secrecy. That is to say, the press have never reported the event, regularly attended by Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials and corporate partners of both the ICE Foundation and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency — which officially have no connection. That being said, last year’s guests of the…


Screenshot of John McCain and Oleh Tyahnybok (right) on the Washington Post website

As Glenn Greenwald, FAIR, and others have pointed out by now, a Washington Post oped mourning John McCain as a champion of human rights featured a December 2013 photo of the Senator addressing pro-EU protesters in the Ukrainian capital, standing next to Oleh Tyahnybok, the leader of the Neo-Nazi Svoboda party. At the time, western media more often than not ignored or denied the role of the far right in protests of the “pro-Russian” Yanukovych regime in Kyiv. It now acknowledges a threat posed by neo-fascist radicals to the “anti-Russian” Poroshenko regime, but remains confused as to where they came…

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