A reflection: Canada’s collaboration with the fascist forces and their snipers

By TONY SEED

The poignant post on the blog by Ukrainian journalist Dmitriy Kovalevich struck a chord with me. I had heard about those snipers he mentions, responsible for inciting Ukrainians against Ukrainians. One of them was in Canada four years ago on a cross-country recruiting and propaganda mission sanctioned by the government of Canada. [1] 

On February 22, 2016 the so-called documentary film “The Ukrainians/Les Ukrainiens: God’s Volunteer Battalion” (Leonid Kanter and Ivan Yasniy) was shown at the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC) in Kingston, Ontario. It glorified the Azov private fascist battalion of Dmitriy Yarosh and its siege  of the newly-built Donetsk International Airport – it was named after the famous composer Sergei Prokofiev – in religious colours. The carnage and destruction, including an air attack by bombers,  the film-makers say, “demonstrated the Ukrainian nation’s resolve to defend its territories against unprovoked aggression.” That bloodbath was being used – even in Canada – to justify the putsch of February 2014, the neo-Nazi forces and the need to send arms and troops to Ukraine.

According to an article on New Pathway, “The film documents the lengthy Battle for Donetsk Airport that witnessed Ukrainian volunteers stepping forward to defend Ukraine, the regular army having been caught unprepared for both the Russian occupation of Crimea (February-March 2014) and subsequent incursions into eastern Ukraine; this documentary evoked the chaos, destruction, and heroism of close quarters combat.”

The film falsifies all aspects of this battle and glorifies neo-Nazis for their “valour.” It asserts, for example, that “the so-called ‘separatists’ of Ukraine’s Donetsk and Luhansk regions, were well-equipped with regular Russian army weaponry, including main battle tanks, artillery, and rocket launchers. The Ukrainians were thus forced to arm themselves by first defeating their enemies.” In this way, “regular Russian army weaponry” turned over by units of the Ukrainian arm forces to the rebellious forces when they switched sides had now by sleight of hand become “foreign” arms, a civil war transformed into  “Russian aggression” and a “Russian invasion,” and the victimizers victims. This is brought home by Dmitriy’s post.

I knew of the resistance of the military and police forces (for example, in Karkiv and the massacre of 20 or more people  in Mariupol) to turning on their neighbours and countrymen; they refused orders from Kiev to suppress demonstrations, and had handed over arms and the keys to warehouse stores.

In a calculated provocation in Mariupol, Kiev unleashed National Guard and neo-Nazi forces on May 9th, the 69th anniversary of the defeat of Nazi Germany by the Soviet Red Army. Video footage, photos and eye-witness accounts appearing on social media showed tanks and armoured personnel carriers rampaging through city streets and parks, and troops confronting residents. Other postings document Ukrainian forces setting fire to the police building in which officers were barricaded and opening fire on unarmed protesters.

The Obama administration immediately blamed the violent repression on “pro-Russian separatists.” Putin on May 7 had ordered troop withdrawals from the Ukraine border following the “completion of spring military training programmes.” Putin also appealed for an end to military operations and violence by the Ukrainian government.

On May 21, US Vice President Joe Biden issued a warmongering statement during his visit to Kiev, demanding that Ukraine must be “resolute in imposing costs on Russia for its actions in Ukraine. ”Just two days later, overnight clashes in Luhansk on May 23 killed at least 32 and injured 44, with the majority of the casualties coming from the ranks of the Donbass defenders.

However, I did not know about the hidden and provocative role of the snipers in the airport towers in Donetsk who fired on both sides on May 24 and that the local Ukrainian army forces had opened fire on the fascists.  On May 24 for the first time since WWII, Donetsk was subjected to an air raid, the Donetsk airport was bombed after the local Ukrainian army bombarded the snipers, civilians were killed, and a real civil war began.

One of the Ukrainian “freedom fighters” on the tour, a “cyborg” soldier aka nom-de-guerre “Fezzan”–  dramatically camouflaged in a mask – was honoured as a “hero” at the official function held that night at the elite military college co-sponsored by the Department of Political Science and the Ukrainian Club of Kingston.

From New Jersey, Ukrainian Weekly reported, “The large audience appreciated having a frontline report from young men only recently aged in battle, offering a good round of applause in particular for Fezzan – one of Ukraine’s top snipers who will soon be returning to the eastern front. The film tour is continuing across Canada, with screenings in Winnipeg, Manitoba; Calgary and Edmonton, Alberta; Vancouver, British Columbia; and Toronto” (emphasis added).

One of Ukraine’s top snipers? Ukraine’s women snipers in the anti-fascist Second World War are justly renowned; they were wildly cheered by thousands of Canadians when they visited Toronto during a friendship tour in 1942. But on what basis such extravagant hyperbole is awarded this “Fezzan”?

RMC Prof. Lubomyr Luciuk, the organizer of the event and author of the article (where he quotes himself) eulogized the neo-Nazis for his American readers as “Ukraine’s minutemen” in the language of the Revolution of 1776. Luciuk also wrote the report for New Pathway (March 15, 2016), the Bandera publication in Toronto, which is no longer available online.

By his own account [dead link] in the Kingston Whig Standard, Luciuk’s parents were with the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (Bandera) and the UPA (Ukrainian Insurgent Army – Ukraїns’ka Povstans’ka Armiia) formed in 1943 by Nazi collaborator Roman Shukhevych, who was trained by the Gestapo in Zakapone, Poland, served in German uniform as a Hauptmann, or captain, in the battalion Nachtigall in 1941 thereafter, in 1942–1943 in Schutzmannschaft battalion 201, taking part in “anti-partisan operations” in occupied Belarus. [3]  A notorious monument to the genocidaire Shukhevych was erected by his followers in 1972 in front of the building of the Ukrainian Youth Association in Edmonton, financed by federal multicultural funds. [4]

Luciuk is a prominent warmongering leader of the diaspora in Canada, spiritual ally and paid defender of alleged war criminals including Chrystia Freeland’s Nazi grandfather, prolific writer and an appointed member of the government’s National Parole Board of Canada which released a grand total of four people during the first two months of Covid-19. In 2018 the prison warden accompanied Gen Paul Wynnyk, commander of the Canadian army, on a tour of Ukraine. He was then invited by the cartel political parties as an “expert witness”of the parliamentary defence committee hearings on Ukraine. [2] 

This was by no means an unique or exceptional event. On November 8, 2015 – just three weeks after the federal election won by the Trudeau Liberals and a private, pre-election meeting between Justin Trudeau, Chrystia Freeland and the executive of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress held in Toronto – the Department of National Defence deployed a contingent of cadets from the RMC as well as members of different branches of the Canadian Forces to participate in “Ukrainian Remembrance Day” events in the Toronto suburb of Etobicoke. They joined in the march with Waffen SS Galizien veterans — the murderers of Ukrainian, Polish, Armenian, Russian and Jewish people – organized in the Ukrainian War Veterans Association of Canada [3], who marched as “freedom fighters” and the fascist Pravy Sektor (Right Sector). Three flags led a parade along Scarlett Road: the U.S. Stars and Stripes and the Ukrainian and Canadian flags, immediately followed by the red and black Banderite flag of the “Ukrainian Insurgent Army” (UPA) and Right Sector.. Veterans of the legendary Ukrainian Fronts – divisions of the Red Army who actually fought the Hitlerites and liberated Ukraine, Rumania and Hungary, the allies of the Canadian forces – and the remarkable partisans were noticeable by their absence. [5]

“Far from being a Remembrance Day it was a Day of Shame, a dishonouring of the dead,” we wrote at the time.

Cadets from Royal Military College, as well as representatives of the Canadian Armed Forces, participate in “Ukrainian Remembrance Day,” in Etobicoke, November 8, 2015, alongside supporters of the fascist Ukrainian formations from World War II and supporters of neo-Nazi organizations that are part of the current coup regime.

 

The aim of this these activities is clearly to inspire unquestioning obedience in the Canadian Forces for Canada’s official support of the neo-Nazi forces  which have taken over Ukraine and NATO’s encirclement of Russia.

Established in 1876, RMC is a centre of the Department of National Defence for training officer cadre from the middle and upper social strata as well as for indoctrination, military history and geopolitical studies. It too has been integrated into the U.S. armed forces, to which it is subservient and without any integrity as a national institution. [6]

Notes

1.Six years after the Harper government helped instigate the putsch in Ukraine, new information is coming to light about the February 20, 2014 Kiev Massacre. This bloodbath, of more than 50 people killed, accelerated the overthrow of President Viktor Yanukovych. All in all, over one hundred police and demonstrators had been shot to death and hundreds more wounded.

The three days of killing peaked on the 20th and ultimately scuttled an agreement to end the crisis signed on February 21st by Yanukovich and three opposition party leaders and brokered by Russia and the foreign ministers of Germany, France and Poland.

Snipers on roof | Reuters

In Ottawa this was also used as a justification for the putsch: a president, who deliberately orders the massacre of demonstrators, has forfeited his right to office. As has now been confirmed by witnesses and academic studies, armed demonstrators were the first to open fire on police, and only then, did repressive forces return fire, when they were caught in a hail of bullets while retreating. To date, there is no evidence that it was a government-planned massacre. Furthermore, evidence indicates that also the snipers, who had shot to kill, were on the side of Euro-Maidan, the government’s opponents. Detailed and comprehensive analysis of publicly available evidence conducted by Ottawa University professor and Ukrainian scholar Ivan Katchanovski* demonstrates that the armed fighting on both February 18th and 20th was initiated by the neo-fascist-dominated Euro-Maidan “self-defence” units and that the snipers shot, killed, and wounded both police and Euro-Maidan demonstrators.

Forgeries and lies during this period demonstrate that manipulations, such as the ones we are currently seeing in the Ukraine and Venezuelan conflicts, are nothing new. They are rather consistent props in the Canadian establishment’s standard repertoire for escalating conflicts. With this in mind, the current anti-Russian and anti-Chinese reporting in Canadian media and recurring proof of media forgeries can be considered a normalcy in times of conflict escalation.

*Ivan Katchanovski, “The Snipers Massacre on the Maidan in Ukraine,” Academia.edu/, 20 February 2015, Paper presented at the Chair of Ukrainian Studies Seminar at the University of Ottawa, Ottawa, October 1, 2014, p. 55 and Ivan Katchanovski, “The ‘Snipers’ Massacre’ on the Maidan in Ukraine (Revised and Updated Version),”  Academia.edu, Academia.edu, 20 February 2015, p. 55 or Johnson’s Russia List, #33, 21 February 2015, Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs, http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs053/1102820649387/archive/1102911694293.html.

2. In addition to commanding the UPA and incriminated in massacres of Jews and Poles, Shukhevych (1907–1950) was the de facto leader of the Bandera wing of the Orhanizatsiia Ukrains’kykh Natsionalistiv [OUN(B); Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists], during most of 1943 and 1944. On October 12, 2007, in order to mark the 65th anniversary of the founding of the UPA and the centennial of his birth, “Ukrainian president Viktor Yushchenko posthumously awarded him the highest honour of the Ukrainian state – the order of Hero of Ukraine, “in recognition of his special contributions to the national liberation struggle for the freedom and independence of Ukraine.”

Swedish historian Per Andres Rudling wrote that “The designation of Shukhevych as a national hero was intended as a state endorsement of the organizations he led, i.e., the OUN (B). In August, 2011, under Yanukovych’s administration, the title was revoked, not by the president, but by the Supreme Administrative Court of Ukraine, due to a technicality. As the title ‘Hero of Ukraine’ can only be bestowed to citizens of Ukraine, the conferring of these titles, post­humously, on Shukhevych and likewise Bandera were ruled invalid.”

Per Anders Rudling, “The Cult of Roman Shukhevych in Ukraine: Myth Making with Complications,” Academia.edu, Fascism 5 (2016) 26-65. doi 10.1163/22116257-00501003

3. for information on the Ukrainian War Veterans Association of Canada, see Tony Seed, “Remembrance Day” at Ukrainian Memorial Park in Etobicoke: Which Veterans Are the Canadian Forces Remembering?,” TML Weekly, November 10, 2019 – No. 26.

3.Luciuk helped create the Ukrainian Canadian Civil Liberties Association (UCCLA) in reaction to the formation of the Deschênes “Commission of Inquiry on War Crimes” to whitewash the war crimes of Nazi collaborators in the Ukraine. In its own words, it was founded “in 1984 to meet the defamatory accusations that ‘Ukrainian war criminals’ were being harboured in Canada.” For information on Luciuk, see Peggy Morton, “War Crimes, Ukrainian Nationalists and the Canadian State,”  TML Weekly, March 18, 2017 – No. 10.

For a historical overview of Canada’s military role in Ukraine, see Tony Seed, “Canada’s Unacceptable Mission in Ukraine: Longstanding, Far-Ranging and Unprecedented Intervention”, TML Weekly Supplement, June 24, 2017 – No. 23.

4.Two academic works – Grzegorz Rossoliński-Liebe, “Celebrating Fascism and War Criminality in Edmonton: The Political Myth and Cult of Stepan Bandera in Multicultural Canada,” and Per Anders Rudling, “Multiculturalism, Memory and Ritualization: Ukrainian public memorials in Edmonton, Alberta”, Academia.edu – explore in more depth the political significance and financial background of multiculturalism and Ukrainian “nationalism” in that city.

5. Absent from the “Remembrance Day” were more than six million Ukrainian soldiers in the armed forces of the USSR, who incurred tremendous losses; 2.5 million died and every second out of those who stayed alive were disabled. These were allies of Canada. Losses among civilian population were over 5.5 million people. Thus, the direct losses of the Ukrainian population were more than eight million people. Incidentally, no other belligerent army had had as high a percentage of recoveries from wounds as had the Red Army, and throughout the war, at the grimmest times, there had been no epidemics of infectious diseases. 

6.The Canadian Parliament created the RMC in 1874 to provide training in “military tactics, fortification, [and] engineering.” It operates under the Department of National Defence. The military designed, fortified, engineered and staffed Canada’s prison camps with guards and commanders, not only during WWI and WWII, but during the 1930s forced-labour, “Relief Camps” as well.

For information on RMC and the U.S., see Tony Seed, “MacKay grovelling before the warmonger, who will be given pride of place at the Halifax International Security Forum,” November 13, 2013. See also Richard Sanders, “Left-Right Camps: A Century of Ukrainian Canadian,” Issue #68 of Press for Conversion (Spring 2016), pp.40-55. Coalition to Oppose the Arms Trade (COAT).

 

See also

This day. 2014, Donbass and the politics of provocation

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