EDITOR’S NOTE (Nick Stamatakis): Those of us who have a small idea about the Holocaust know the tremendous work that has been done by the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Israel (link here to see for yourselves)… When the director of such a center Efraim Zuroff, denounced Canadian troops for training neo-Nazi fighters in Ukraine, basically agreeing with Putin then you know how the Russians (who lost 27 million of their fathers, brothers and uncles fighting the Nazis in the same fields of Ukraine they are now fighting them again) truly feel… The fact that this is a month-old story noticed by us just now tells you how much of a propaganda war we are living in…
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Efraim Zuroff, the Director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Israel, denounced Canadian troops for training neo-Nazi fighters in Ukraine.
SOURCE: RT; VOSTOK.RS
“The Government of Canada did not exercise due diligence” Ephraim Zuroff told Citizen of Ottawa on Wednesday. “Defence Canada has an obligation to know exactly who they are training.”
Zuroff, however, insists that it is the responsibility of the Canadian Ministry of Defense to know exactly who the trainees are. “There is no doubt that there are neo-Nazis in Ukraine in various forms, whether in the Azov Regiment or other organizations,” he added.
His comments followed a report by Radio Canada on Monday that in November 2020, Canadian troops were photographed training members of the Azov Regiment, as well as at least one soldier with the identification marks of the SS division “Galicia”, Ukrainian unit that fought on the side of the Nazis in World War II.
The Canadian military has acknowledged the authenticity of the photographs, according to the Ottawa Citizen. However, the Canadian Forces (CAF) have denied that they are required to test the soldiers they train.
Ukraine is responsible for checking its personnel, Captain Veronik Saburin told the newspaper. All Canadian military personnel training Ukrainian military personnel were informed on how to recognize insignia “associated with right-wing extremism” and if they suspected such links or “racist views” trainees will be removed. However, “There is no burden of proof on CAF to demonstrate this beyond a reasonable doubt”, Saburin said.
The government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has openly supported Ukraine since February 24, when Russia sent troops to the neighboring country on a mission “demilitarize and denazify” government in Kyiv. Since then, governments and the media in the West have also begun to insist that allegations of “Azov” and other paOlx Pracas of the Ukrainian army that sympathized with the Nazis, there were “Russian disinformation”.
“This is far from Russian propaganda,” Zuroff told Citizen. “These people are neo-Nazis. There is an element of the ultra-right in Ukraine, and it is absurd to ignore it.”
Canada has spent nearly a billion dollars ($794 million) to train Ukrainian troops since the 2014 coup, when Western-backed nationalists toppled the country’s democratically elected government. The neo-Nazis were the tool of the regime change operation, and the Azov Battalion was subsequently used to quell dissent.
According to Citizen, Canada’s Joint Task Force Ukraine held a briefing in 2017 noting that “Several members of Azov called themselves Nazis.”
But Le Bouthillier indicated that some details of the review will remain secret as “the specifics of the process by which the CAF verifies the suitability of training candidates is subject to operational security restrictions.”
The Canadian military was warned in 2015 before starting its Ukraine training mission about the dangers of the far-right within the Ukrainian military ranks, but the senior leadership largely ignored those concerns.
On Monday, this newspaper revealed that in 2018 Canadian officials met with members of the Azov Battalion, a Ukrainian unit linked to neo-Nazis. The officers and diplomats didn’t denounce the unit but were instead concerned the media would expose details of the get-together. The Canadians allowed themselves to be photographed with battalion members, which the Azov Battalion then used for its propaganda purposes.
Jewish groups, however, condemned Pabriks comments. “Given the fact that the (Latvian SS) fought for a victory of the Third Reich, the most genocidal regime in history, and that among those serving in it were active participants in the mass murder of Latvian Jewry, as well as of German and Austrian Jews deported by the Nazis to Riga, such comments are incomprehensible, let alone deeply offensive, coming from a senior minister of a country with full membership in the European Union and NATO,” Efraim Zuroff of the Simon Wiesenthal Center noted in his protest letter to the Latvian government.
Canada’s training mission to Iraq has also faced problems. Earlier this year this newspaper revealed that Canadian soldiers complained in 2018 to their commanders that the Iraqi troops they were training were war criminals who liked to show videos of their atrocities, including executing prisoners and raping a woman to death.
But, after reporting their concerns to the Canadian military leadership, the soldiers were told to continue the training and avoid watching the videos the Iraqis wanted to share with them, according to Canadian Forces documents.