A video came to light which demonstrates the profound racism ordinary Ukrainian citizens must face, for their brotherly feelings of belonging to the entire Russian race.
In the video, you will see two peaceful Yuzhanki (girls from the South of Ukraine), and their friend sitting in Kiev, with a Russian flag tied together with a Ukrainian flag.
This was of course intended as a symbol of peace and brotherhood, and all would have been well; however, an Ultranationalist immediately approached them, and began issuing racist Russophobia verbal assaults, which escalated into stealing their flag, and violent physical assault.
The greatest and most cruel irony about the entire event – the Ukrainian nationalist attacked them screaming Russophobic hate – in the Russian language.
I urge you to watch the video, and I will contextualize what is happening and give background cultural information in this article. As the nationalist assaults the three people, they simply defend themselves by telling him to go in peace, not striking back.
Normally, these events are so common in Post-Maidan Ukraine, it is not possible to cover every example of this happening. Nazis were even calling for “Moskals” to be knifed in the winter of 2013-14.
They regularly attack churches of the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate (the only legally recognized Orthodox church in the country).
As a result, articles like this, exposing these everyday examples of Nazism, are actually showing a microcosm, not an isolated rare event.
This video would have probably gone under even my radar, however I write to you about it, because first of all, I believe this is a very archetypical example of the issues Ukraine faces, and also, because the regions involved in this video make it slightly personal and emotional for me.
All the more motivation to illustrate to a Western audience what happened in Ukraine, all thanks to Neocons and interventionists, who funded a Neo-Nazi coup in 2014 bringing to Ukraine a new period of Ruïn.
In the video, three people, two women and a man from Kherson, a city located in southern Ukraine, part of the historical region of New Russia, were sitting peacefully on a Kiev bench.
All would have been well, but of course, you know by now this isn’t how the story ends.
The man was sitting in between the girls, who had flags draped over their shoulders. This detail is important, because this is when the Ultra-nationalist approached saying:
“Hey, what is this Russian flag doing here!”
He was so blinded by wrath when he forcefully tried to take it from the girl on the left, he didn’t realize he could have torn the Ukrainian flag as well, as the victims began saying “Hey, [the flags] they’re connected!”
The nationalist said to them “Don’t you realize this is the flag of an occupying country!” In his hatred, he just couldn’t imagine why they would have a Russian tricolor next to a Ukrainian flag. The concept of Brotherhood completely escaped him, just as he couldn’t even comprehend when they kept saying “We are for Peace! We are for Peace!”
Things brings up the first major point – this is illustrative of the racism which not only ethnic Russians or Russian citizens face, but even Ukrainian citizens (or “Ethnic Ukrainians”), who express feelings of brotherhood or unity with Russia.
Racism against not only Russians, but Ukrainians
The people in the video were from Kherson, and Khersonshchina, as Ukrainian people refer to the broader Oblast (region) of Kherson, making them Ukrainian citizens. They were not immune from assault by this Ukrainian nationalist. He even questioned if they are real Ukrainians, saying
“What nationality are you!”
Both the women were offended as they said off camera, “We’re Ukrainian” and the man clearly said to the attacker with a look of being offended “I am a Ukrainian!” You could tell the idea of not being considered true Ukrainians was offensive to them.
I personally find it a crime against the Ukrainian people, as well as the Russian people, to argue that an individual can not be Ukrainian and love Russia, or that there must be a difference. But this is the view of the Nationalists, that if you don’t hate Russia, you are an enemy of Ukraine.
It is worth noting, not even the Ukrainian flag made them safe. This whole time, the Ukrainian flag was “bound together” with the Russian flag, as the man among the victims explained to their assailant to no avail.
This were not Russian nationalists waving the Russian flag saying “Death to Ukraine” (which in all honesty, I have never personally heard Russians do).
These were peaceful, and most importantly, mostly silent Ukrainian citizens, simply holding the flag of Russia, a brotherly country.
Ukrainian nationalists will still assault those who hold the Ukrainian flag, if they dare hold also the Russian flag. It is as the great Polish Writer Henryk Sienkiewicz said in his book With Fire and Sword:
Nienawiść wrosła w serca i zatruła krew pobratymczą. In Ukrainian, we would say: Ненависть вросла в серця і отруїла братню кров. In English: Hatred grew in the heart, poisoning the blood of a brotherly people.
War and Peace
In the video, we can witness the two ideologies of Ukraine in action – the worldview preached by the Orthodox Church, who believe in unity, and the radical nationalist ideology implanted by Uniate Catholics in centuries past, and Nazis during WW2.
To be clear, it is irrelevant what the actual religion or ethnic background of the people involved in the video are, this is because there are still only two historical cultural ideologies in Ukraine.
There is the Orthodox Christians and their idea of a Russian world, of which Ukrainians are an equal part, as brothers. This is a mindset which is all about unity and peace, having nothing to do with violence.
Then there is the Ultra-Nationalists, the Banderists, who are products of foreign meddling in Ukraine.
I have already written extensively about this, but in short, Ukrainian lands were originally part of the same ancient state as Belarus and Russia – Rus’.
Rus’, also called Kievan Rus’ was divided due to the Mongol invasion, and the subsequent occupation of what would become Ukraine and Belarus by Poland-Lithuania.
Different parts of what is now called Ukraine were then ruled by different powers. Most of modern central Ukraine was under Poland/Lithuania from about the 1360s to 1654, when they reunited with Russia after a successful Cossack uprising.
Western Ukraine, Galicia, remained firmly under Western control for what essentially amounts to its entire history between the late 13th century, up until the end of WW2, when it was finally united with Ukraine, and by extension, the Soviet Union.
This must totally be understood, how these regions were part of different powers, and not a unified Ukraine at any part in history aside from the modern era after 1991.
When Galicia was under Austro-Hungarian influence, one has to remember it was in the benefit of the Austrians, to prevent the local population, be they standard Galicians or Carpatho-Russian highlanders, from adopting Russophilia.
There was a major movement of clergy and laity in the 19th and 20th century against the Catholic Uniates and their Vatican overlords, who have been oppressing Orthodox people in this area since the Union of Brest at the end of the 16th century. The map below shows Catholic (tan) vs Orthodox populations in Poland-Lithuania. It is worth comparing this religious map with modern borders.
Russia is the large white land to the immediate east of the colored area, the modern Russian border roughly corresponding to the western edge of the eastern rivers. Kiev is the city called Kijow, and Lwow, the capital of Galicia, is clearly seen marked in Polish with the word Ruskie, showing contemporary poles identified Galicia as part of a Russian Voivodeship.
The great fear, was that these Orthodox people would remember the name their saints and ancestors gave them, that which is called “Holy Rus” and unite with Russia.
There was nothing the Austrians feared more on their Eastern Border, than the idea that Galicians could become like Bogdan Khmelnitsky and his Cossacks, and stage peoples revolution, uniting with Russia and Belarus.
Feelings of Russophilia were already building, and courage was rising, a perfect example being the words of Priest Ivan Naumovich. As I mention in this article, this Carpatho-Russian Priest wrote a book called “A Glimpse into the Future” which reads:
The time has come . . . to cross our Rubicon and say openly so that everyone can hear it: We cannot be separated by a Chinese wall from our brothers and cannot stand apart from the linguistic, ecclesiastical, and national connection with the entire Russian world!
Those words essentially constituted the worst nightmare of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. This was everything they didn’t want to happen in Galcia. Therefore, they needed to come up with a way to suppress Rus’ people, and like any conquers, they came to the same solution: Divide and Conquer.
They knew if they simply killed everyone with this belief, as they did to some leaders like Priest-Martyr Maxim Sandovich, it could turn into a revolution – what they feared. So instead, they created an internal war to bring ruin to Russian spirit in Ukraine.
Unlike the Poles, who ruled Ruthenians (the historical term for what we now call Ukrainian people), but never truly succeeded in changing their national pscye, the Austrians would create a rival ideology to challenge the Russian World. They succeeded, and it was called Ukrainization.
This does NOT mean Ukraine must be seen in the future, as opposing Russia. In the 19th century, however, the Austrians greatly feared the Carpatho-Russians/Rusyns of Galicia would wish to rejoin Russia, so they forced the xenonym “Ukrainian” on them, to created a cultural opposition to being Russian, or rather, to get rid of the term Rusyn.
This is obviously because all these terms Rus’, Rusyn, Rusin, are related to Russia. Rossia, the modern Russian word, is the Greek form of the Slavic word Rus’, and Ruthenia in Latin. Ukraine, however, and Ukrainian, is a distant enough word, so the Austrians felt it would create a socio-linguistic divide between these people and Russia.
The Austrian authorities patronized any poet or writer who would write Pro-Ukrainian works which specifically had to be seen as being against Russia.
This does not mean the fate of Ukraine must forever be something against Russia, however, in its current form, a very negative ideology has taken power. There are in fact three distinct Ukraines, and how Ukraine relates to Russia depends on which Ukraine you are talking about:
- The historical border regions around Rus’ – Little Rus’
- The political project started by the Austrians,
- The modern [now-failed] state trapped between those two realities. Ironically, this state is also divided into three cultural regions.
Currently, the modern state has chosen not only to cease being an ally of Russia, but rather than being neutral like Finland, the leaders of the post-maidan era have chosen to fully revive and continune the Austro-Hungarian model – Ukraine as a political project. This has become the state ideology of Ukraine, and therefore, until this is changed, sadly, the situation is not likely to improve.
It is important to understand at the very least, Ukraine could simply choose to be a neutral state, and accept federalization as a way to please all citizens. The authorities, instead, have chosen to advocate the political project of Ukraine, implement it ideologically, and to purge from Ukraine, those who disagree.
“Ukraine” as a political project, was conceived as the antithesis to Russia which Austrians forced Ruthenians to adapt, though historically “The Ukraine” was simply a term for the border region, as discussed here.
It really shows their contempt, they didn’t want the people to have their own ethnic and ancient name, Ruthenian being Latin for Rusian (of Rus’) so they called the people Ukrainians – effectively meaning: “Borderlanders”.
This is why Saint Lavrenty of Chernigov so much did not wish to be called Ukrainian, even though he was by modern standards Ukrainian, and he wrote:
The word okraina is a disgraceful and humiliating word! What ‘remote, outlying district’? What ‘outback’? Why and for what is it ‘okraina’?! [They] legitimatized the concepts of the Ukraine and Ukrainians to us, so that we would willingly forget our own name of ‘Russian’ forever, so that we would be torn away from Holy and Orthodox Rus’ forever.
He did not wish to be called Ukrainian, because this Saint, who was born in the Russian Empire, but died in 1950 in Soviet Ukraine still lived in a time, when Little Russians were considered an ethnicity.
It must be said that he was NOT racist against Ukrainians. How could he be? He is one by modern standards, but he explained the historical reasons why he felt Ukrainians should identify as Russians.
This is the idea of the Russian World, that Ukrainians are together with Rus’, not an inferior part of it. Only the Banderist Ukrainian Ultra-Nationalists believe in racial supremacy. This racial supremacy nonsense, and an obsession with nation-states is a Germanic, not a Slavic idea.
The Saint was of the polar opposite belief of the Austrian uniates, saying that Rus is not divisible:
“As it is impossible to divide the Most Holy Trinity, Father and Son and Holy Spirit, for it is One God, so also it is impossible to divide Russia, the Ukraine and Belorussia, for these together are Holy Rus’. Know, remember, and do not forget.
Now, the modern term we must use is of course Ukrainian. Even the Canonical Orthodox Church of Ukraine is called the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, and its mission is not the creation of a Russian or Ukrainian world, but of the world of God in Ukraine, and for all Ukrainians citizens, regardless of the language they speak, or where they are from, as its leader, Metropolitan Onufry explains.
Still, the Ultra-Nationalists hate the Canonical Orthodox Church, and many of them are Uniates (eastern Catholics) just like Bandera and other Nazi collaborators do not want to create the world of God.
They do not want peace, but instead, war.
This is all the product of that Austria-Hungarian ideology, which was created to destroy Russia, or at the least, Ruthenians in what was once Rus’ lands. It was made to conquer Rus’ people for the Austria-Hungary Empire, however they never lived to reap the benefits, as that Empire collapsed with the Russian Empire and all the others during WW1 – something they did not plan on.
The Radical Nationalist ideology lived on, however, and was able to be exploited by Hitler, who used Stepan Bandera’s organization of Ukrainian nationalists as cannon fodder for his Waffen SS Galicia division.
To be clear, the Nazis would have surely exterminated Ukrainians at the end of the War, but Bandera was foolish enough to think if he served “the devil”, he would be spared, and would get to rule a Nazi Ukraine.
This Nazi adopted ideology, which began in the Austrian Empire was finally revived, in 2014, by pernicious Western Powers, who once again use Ukrainization as a weapon against not only Russians, by the inhabitants of all Ukraine, and anyone who wants peace in Ukraine.
This is what happened, when those good citizens from Kherson were attacked by that violent nationalist. Constantly, the assaulted man would stand strong, covering himself and the ladies from attack, but he would not violently retaliate. In the video, at this point, you see him simply defending his head from attack, turning the other cheek.
All throughout, he and his friends are saying “Go, Leave us in Peace. Go in peace”. The nationalist wanted violence instead. This was violence even against those who joined the Russian and Ukrainian flags together as a sign of peace. Nationalists want war instead.
It is as Russians read from the Psaltir in the Liturgy of Pope Gregory the Dialogist:
“When I purposed Peace, they were all for war”
In the video, we also see the misogynistic nature of the Ukrainian ultra-nationalists. He says to the girl “Заткнись, телка”, which is very offensive. It essentially means, “shut up heifer!”, though even more offensive than it sounds in English. I do not wish to elaborate on its meaning.
While it is not surprising misogyny is among the crimes of Nazis, it is worth noting this is the new Ukrainian world the west helped broker and midwife, all while claiming to be loyal feminists! How very feminist of Nuland, Merkel, Clinton and friends, to support this new Ukraine.
A Ukrainian Nationalist screaming Russophobic hate – In the Russian language?!?
The Nazi also particularly exposes his profound ignorance of his own nationality, by cursing the Russia, the Russian world, and the Russian people – in the Russian language.
It is worth taking note one of his arguments, at this moment in the video, is the typical “The Russian world has no nationality”.
He said those words, yet he is speaking the language of the world he hates. Lets think about how illogical this is. The idea of the Russian World, is NOT like petty western nationalism, blood and soil, etc. It is the idea there is a broadly Russian speaking cultural region stretching from Europe to the Pacific Ocean, spawning the great Eurasian Steppe, the legendary heartland.
Simply put, the Russian world is a world based on the lands of old Rus’, which is firmly rooted in the Orthodox Christian Faith, and can include both Slavs and Slavs at heart, as well as non-Slavic Orthodox people that feel an attachment to Rus’ and her Mother Church.
It is hard to argue there is no Russian world, when you are using Russian as a lingua franca at the least.
In the video, he violently commands the gentlemen and girls from Kherson to remove their Russian flag, commending them for possessing it, claiming it is the flag of “an aggressor state”. He does this while speaking the language of the same state which he hates.
At this point, one wonders, what makes a person more Russian, possessing a Russian flag, which any random foreigner can buy, or speaking the Russian language at a native level.
Many Ukrainian nationalists in fact, speak Russian not only as a second language, but as a first language.
President Poroshenko does not speak Ukrainian well, as this video exposed, when he forgot the Ukrainian word for wallet and had to ask for help in the Russian language to finish his speech.
It seems ridiculous being a native speaker of the language which you hate, and another Ukrainian ultra-nationalist Irina Farion even went as far as to say that “Russian-speaking Ukrainians are mental retards”.
In this article, however, I expose how she is essentially declaring half of Ukraine retarded, including so-called “ethnic Ukrainians”.
This is because it is only in Western Ukraine, where Farion hails from, where the Ukrainian language dominates absolutely. In the rest of Ukraine, it is either spoken alongside Russian, in the same sentences as Russian, or standard Russian is spoken, as witnessed in this video.
It is worth noting, I do NOT pretend to know what is the native language of this aggressive, violent man in the video, nor would I want to meet him.
I can assume, however, it may be Russian, or at the very least, he is very comfortable speaking Russian as his primary language, and as the Ukrainian lingua franca.
Some may say, but how do you know he is not a strong Ukrainian speaker, and he is merely speaking Russian to attack these people?
That simply does not follow the typical pattern of those who prefer Ukrainian language, or speak it better than Russian.
While a Ukrainian nationalist would need to speak Russian when talking to Russians from Russia, these people he accosted were in Ukraine. He had every right to assume they spoke Ukrainian.
Regardless, if perhaps the Russian flag made him think they were from Russia, he later confirmed they were from Kherson, a region that speaks both Ukrainian and Russian, and where Surzhik (Russian-Ukrainian mix) is very common.
I say this from personal knowledge. Why did he not speak Ukrainian, if he is this great nationalist?
The majority of those who prefer speaking Ukrainian, and speak it well enough, immediately switch to Ukrainian, when they realize the person they are speaking to also understands Ukrainian.
In Lvov, for example, it is particularly common for people in stores and restaurants to hear a question in Russian, but to respond in Ukrainian.
They do not necessarily do this as an insult, but because they assume you are probably from Ukraine.
As a result, they assume you understand Ukrainian, but prefer to speak Russian, and so they will keep speaking Ukrainian to you, even if every word you say is Russian.
People from Eastern Ukraine will often do the reverse with Russian, they can understand a question in Ukrainian, but respond in the language they feel more comfortable – Russian, however this phenomena is particularly common the way I described it, Western Ukrainians speaking Ukrainian to Russian speakers, assuming they also understand.
This is the default style of communication for them, and there is nothing inherently wrong with that or diglossia in general.
Metropolitan Onufry of Kiev advocates learning as many languages as we can, and he himself speaks good English, according to Father Alexander, a famous priest who moved from America to Ukraine. I believe he also speaks at least Romanian, in addition to our Slavic languages. He is also a Western Ukrainian.
Sometimes, Western Ukrainians speak Ukrainian to Russian speakers, because they assume the person speaking to them is Ukrainian, and not, for example, someone from Estonia who simply uses Russian as a lingua franca.
As a result, if you wish to speak Russian because you do not understand Ukrainian, it is important to say very clearly but also politely “I don’t understand, could you please speak Russian”.
I would say, that while you can encounter some people who will be rude, the majority of people will abide, and speak Russian, especially if you explain you are not from Ukraine.
The fact of the matter is, if a Ukrainian speaker who prefers Ukrainian believes they will be understood in Ukrainian, they will almost always speak Ukrainian, unless they are embarrassed, because they are a nationalist who does not speak good Ukrainian.
I believe the man in the video, assaulting these people is an example of a nationalist who can not speak Ukrainian well, because he spoke Russian throughout the video.
As a result, just as this nationalist attacks even Ukrainian citizens, for having a Russian flag beside a Ukrainian flag, it should not be said all Ukrainian nationalists would support him.
They may support his action, and his ideology, but when western nationalists hear his language, they may just as easily casually mock him for not speaking Ukrainian. To them, any use of the Russian language is terrible, whereas Pro-Russian Ukrainians are not hostile to either languages, showing the disharmony among the Nazis.
He would also be among the people Irina Farion described as being mentally retarded, and honestly, one can’t help but see the irony in a nationalist not speaking Ukrainian well.
It is worth noting in this case, not speaking Ukrainian among Ukrainian citizens, generally means struggling with vocabulary, rather than completely no exposure to it.
Essentially all Ukrainians should have some level of familiarity with it, however those who do not use it regularly often seem uncomfortable remembering the Ukrainian version of words, for example “Misto” instead of “Gorod” for city, or the way Poroshenko was speaking a Ukrainian sentence, but forget how to say wallet.
What can be more ironic, than a Ukrainian nationalist trying to explain to you he’s not from the Russian World – while speaking Russian as his native language?
This video is a perfect example of what decades (centuries?) of foreign-sponsored propaganda – that Ukrainians are totally different from Russians, and Russians are enemies of Ukraine – can do to people’s brains.
The Ukrainian neo-Nazis, including those of Azov battalion, have not only been engaging in tortures and murders of civilians in Donbass, but also specifically training and indoctrinating children, to hate and kill Russians. The Western democracies, of course, give their silent approval, and actual support.
The US government’s collaboration with committed Nazi ideologues to undercut Russian geopolitical goals is not new, nor has it been a particularly well-kept secret.
CIA implemented AERODYNAMIC and other similar programs since 1953.
The “Divide and conquer” strategy has been working efficiently from the Antiquity period.
Now Ukrainian people must decide their own fate, if they will be pawns in the games of the Western powers, or if they will resist Neo-Nazism. Ukrainians are already being murdered in the streets.