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    It was founded in May 2014 as the Azov Battalion (Ukrainian: батальйон «Азов», romanized: Batalion "Azov"), a self-funded volunteer militia under the command of Andriy Biletsky, to fight Russian-backed forces in the Donbas War.

  2. 10 hours ago · Major battles Founded as a militia to defend Ukraine against Russia’s invasion in 2014, the unit was initially called the “Azov Battalion,” active around the Mariupol area.

    • So What Is The Azov Regiment?
    • Who Founded Azov?
    • Before Becoming Part of Ukraine’s Armed Forces, Who Funded Azov?
    • Neo-Nazi Ideology
    • Human Rights Violations and War Crimes
    • What Has Been The International Response to Azov?
    • The Oscillation of Facebook

    Azov is a far-right all-volunteer infantry military unit whose members – estimated at 900 – are ultra-nationalists and accused of harbouring neo-Nazi and white supremacist ideology. The unit was initially formed as a volunteer group in May 2014 out of the ultra-nationalist Patriot of Ukraine gang, and the neo-Nazi Social National Assembly (SNA) gro...

    The unit was led by Andriy Biletsky, who served as the the leader of both the Patriot of Ukraine (founded in 2005) and the SNA (founded in 2008). The SNA is known to have carried out attacks on minority groupsin Ukraine. In 2010, Biletsky said Ukraine’s national purposewas to “lead the white races of the world in a final crusade … against Semite-le...

    The unit received backingfrom Ukraine’s interior minister in 2014, as the government had recognised its own military was too weak to fight off the pro-Russian separatists and relied on paramilitary volunteer forces. These forces were privately funded by oligarchs – the most known being Igor Kolomoisky, an energy magnate billionaire and then-governo...

    In 2015, Andriy Diachenko, the spokesperson for the regiment at the time said that 10 to 20 percentof Azov’s recruits were Nazis. The unit has denied it adheres to Nazi ideology as a whole, but Nazi symbols such as the swastika and SS regalia are rife on the uniforms and bodies of Azov members. For example, the uniform carries the neo-Nazi Wolfsang...

    A 2016 reportby the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OCHA) has accused the Azov regiment of violating international humanitarian law. The report detailed incidents over a period from November 2015-February 2016 where Azov had embedded their weapons and forces in used civilian buildings, and displaced residents after ...

    In June 2015, both Canada and the United States announced that their own forces will not support or train the Azov regiment, citing its neo-Nazi connections. The following year, however, the US lifted the banunder pressure from the Pentagon. In October 2019, 40 members of the US Congress led by Representative Max Rose signed a letter unsuccessfully...

    In 2016, Facebook first designated the Azov regiment a “dangerous organisation”. Under the company’s Dangerous Individuals and Organizations policy, Azov was banned from its platforms in 2019. The group was placed under Facebook’s Tier 1 designation, which includes groups such as the Ku Klux Klan and ISIL (ISIS). Users engaging in praise, support o...

  3. Mar 29, 2022 · The Azov Battalion was formed in 2014, the same year Russian-backed rebels began seizing territory across Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region, and Russia invaded and captured Crimea.

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  4. 1 day ago · The Azov Brigade is among Ukraine’s most effective and popular fighting units. But it has been dogged by its origins as a volunteer battalion that drew fighters from far-right circles and ...

  5. 2 days ago · The Azov Brigade, which has far-right and ultra-nationalist roots, is part of Ukraine's National Guard and evolved out of a battalion that fought during Russia's occupation of Crimea 10 years ago.

  6. Mar 31, 2022 · One of the volunteer paramilitary regiments at the forefront of the battle with Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine was a group called the Azov battalion, which was founded by members of two...

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