Ukraine’s Other Domestic Threat: Far Right and Ultranationalists

Activists of the nationalist Svoboda party hold Ukrainian flags during a rally outside a police station, Kiev, Ukraine, Sept. 14, 2015 (AP photo by Efrem Lukatsky).
Activists of the nationalist Svoboda party hold Ukrainian flags during a rally outside a police station, Kiev, Ukraine, Sept. 14, 2015 (AP photo by Efrem Lukatsky).
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While Ukraine continues to fight Russian-sponsored separatists in its eastern Donbass region, it is also facing an internal challenge equally threatening to its sovereignty: a small but powerful right-wing nationalist movement prepared to use violence to achieve its goals. If Ukraine’s pro-democracy supporters from the Maidan movement and in President Petro Poroshenko’s government don’t aggressively confront Ukraine’s ultranationalists, the far right could destroy Ukraine’s nascent democracy. This threat became clear Sept. 1 when nationalist protesters, many from the Svoboda (Freedom) party, attacked police guarding the Rada, Ukraine’s parliament. Protesters threw bricks, Molotov cocktails and even grenades, killing three officers from […]

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