Ukrainian fighters are filling tires with left-wing Soviet-era books and burning them in the streets of the capital Kiev as Russian troops advance.
Ukrainian fighters are burning left-wing books in the capital Kiev, as Russian troops advance.
The chief foreign correspondent for NBC News, Richard Engel, is reporting inside Ukraine, after Russia invaded the country on February 24.
Engel does not hide his bias; he is extremely supportive of the Ukrainian government and its Western-backed forces, and has helped spread propaganda from the neo-Nazi Azov Battalion.
But even Engel has had to sometimes acknowledge the grim reality on the ground in Ukraine.
On March 7, the NBC correspondent tweeted a photo of tires full of books, on a street in Kiev. He said many of the texts were “about communism and political theory in the USSR.”
A local commander told Engel that the Ukrainian militants were planning on setting fire to the books and tires as Russian soldiers move on the capital.
The Ukrainian commander said, “We don’t need them.”
Ukraine has a systematic problem with Nazi infiltration of the government.
Far-right neo-fascist groups played a key role in a violent US-backed coup in Ukraine in 2014.
After the putsch, neo-Nazi militias like the Azov Battalion were directly incorporated into the Ukrainian National Guard.
These Ukrainian neo-Nazis have been supported by Western governments, including the United States and Canada.
Benjamin Norton is a journalist, writer, and filmmaker. He is the founder and editor of Multipolarista, and is based in Latin America. // Benjamín Norton es un periodista, escritor, y cineasta. Es fundador y editor de Multipolarista, y vive en Latinoamérica.
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