U.S. changes rules on Ukrainian neo-Nazis using its weapons --The State Department has allowed members of the notorious Azov Brigade to use U.S.-supplied weapons | 11 June 2024 | The U.S. State Department has allowed the delivery of U.S. weapons to Ukraine's Azov Brigade, whose members have openly espoused ultranationalist and neo-Nazi views. The flow of arms had previously been restricted due to the unit's ties to hateful ideology. The State Department noted that it found "no evidence" of [human rights] violations committed by Azov. Ukrainian officials treated the lifting of the ban as "a top priority" during their lobbying efforts, the Post said. The unit's co-founder, Andrey Biletsky, was a member of a white supremacist organization in the 2000s. He has since toned down his rhetoric and denied ties to neo-Nazism. Nevertheless, many Azov fighters continue to sport Nazi tattoos and symbols associated with the Third Reich. The brigade continues to use banners with the Wolfsangel symbol, which was used by several German divisions during World War II, including the 2nd SS Panzer Division Das Reich. The unit was incorporated into Ukraine's National Guard in 2015 and has significantly grown over the years. [Biden often calls Trump and his supporters Nazis, fascists, and white supremacists as his regime literally funds and defends Nazis, fascists, and white supremacists. --LRP]

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