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Azov Battalion Hit By Artillery :The Azov Battalion is a far-right neo-Nazi all-volunteer infantry military unit forming part of military reserve of National Guard of Ukraine. The unit is based in Mariupol in the Azov Sea coastal region It saw its first combat experience recapturing Mariupol from pro-Russian separatists forces in June 2014. Initially a volunteer militia, formed as the Azov Battalion on 5 May 2014 during the 2014 pro-Russian unrest in Ukraine, Azov has since been incorporated into and is armed by Ukraine’sMinistry of Internal Affairs. All members of the unit are under contract of National Guard of Ukraine.

More than half of the Battalion members are from eastern Ukraine and speak Russian, and many of its recruits come from the eastern cities of Donetsk and Luhansk. The regiment’s commander is Andriy Biletsky. In its early days, Azov was the Ministry of Internal Affairs’ special police company, led by Volodymyr Shpara, the leader of the Vasylkiv, Kiev, branch of Patriot of Ukraine and Right Sector.

Patrons of the battalion included Oleh Lyashko, a member of the Verkhovna Rada and billionaire Ihor Kolomoyskyi.

The Azov Battalion has been labelled neo-Nazi, “patriots”, “a far-right Ukrainian militia”. German ZDF television observed Azov battalion fighters wearing helmets with swastikas and “the ‘SS runes‘ of Hitler’s infamous black-uniformed elite corps”, and on other occasions some of the soldiers have been reported to have SS tattoos. Spokesmen and other members of the Azov Battalion and government officials have denied that the organization has any neo-Nazi or white supremacist beliefs; although a spokesman did state that “10% to 20% of the group’s members are Nazis“. The regiment’s commander and founder is Andriy Biletsky who in the past made statements about “crusade” of “White races” against “Semitic Untermenschen” and is a leader of a Ukrainian organisation called the Social National Assembly which according to the BBC has “typical neo-Nazi narrative”.Its polished English-language social media pages and far-right ideology have attracted fighters from other locations in Europe. On 11 June 2015 the US House of Representatives passed amendments blocking any training of Azov by US forces, citing its neo-Nazi background as the reason. On 26 June, Canadian defense minister declared as well that training by Canadian forces or support would not be provided to Azov.

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