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Revival of Nazism in Europe
It has been over 70 years since the end of WWII when it seemed that the Allied victory over the Third Reich marked the end of Nazism in Europe. But unfortunately, this is far from the case.
Currently, European countries face increasingly spreading ultra-right sentiment. Recently, the world has been shocked to learn about a celebration organized by a Polish Pride and Modernity neo-Nazi group in honor of Hitler's birthday. Reporters of Polish TV news channel TVN24 were horrified by the gruesome sight: participants of the event were dressed in Wehrmacht military clothing; they gathered to the sound of Nazi military marches and toasted to Adolf Hitler helping themselves to cakes with symbols of the Third Reich.
The event caused a major stir among the general public. The country's authorities strongly criticized the activities of the organization propagating Nazism. But still there were some who sided with Polish neo-Nazis. The main support came from the expected direction. A member of Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine and ex-leader of the Right Sector nationalist organization Dmitro Yarosh published on his facebook page a post to defend his colleagues from Poland. He urged nationalists of both countries to join in the fight against common foreign and domestic enemies. 'Our cultural and ideological proximity should become a unifying factor in the normalization of relations between countries at the official level. This would allow us to take a further step towards an impending victory over our common centuries-old enemy.
And it is a Ukrainian MP that makes such statements. This is the man who is directly involved in shaping the country's foreign and domestic policy. The spread of Nazism has reached unprecedented levels both in Poland and Ukraine. Polish Nazis violate monuments to those who have laid down their lives in the fight against Hitler. Now Ukrainian radicals who, in fact, seized power in the country during the 2014 Maidan revolution, are actively involved in glorification of Ukrainian nationalist leaders, I mean, those criminals, who specialized in large-scale killing of civilians during WWII.