Not worth your sympathy: The story of Ukraine’s neo-Nazi Azov battalion

Ukrainian propaganda

Much less than the heroic defenders they are made out to be, the extremist regiment’s many crimes are well documented.

Ukrainian propaganda has elevated the Azov Battalion’s protracted but ultimately doomed final stand, in Mariupol, to heroic proportions. Adding further pathos to this sentimental story were the desperate calls for help from the commanders of the units entrapped in the bowels of the Azovstal factory and the photogenic young wives of the besieged fighters pleading with Pope Francis at the Vatican.

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