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Right Sector Shootout: Ukrainian Democracy in Action

July 13, 2015 (EIRNS)—A shootout on Saturday (July 11) and the subsequent standoff between elements of the neo-Nazi Right Sector and the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) has further exposed the nature of conditions in Ukraine under the neo-Nazi-dominated regime in Kiev.

According to both Ukrainian and Russian English-language news reports, the confrontation began in Mukachevo in western Ukraine with a shootout between a Right Sector gang and police aligned with a local member of parliament, apparently, suggested to Sputnik, over control of cigarette-smuggling operations. Mukachevo is about 20 miles east of the tri-border region where Ukraine, Poland, and Slovakia all meet. Three or four people were killed, two of them Right Sector members and nine or ten others were wounded. Since the shootout, the situation has devolved with the Right Sector hoods hiding in the woods in the area, supposedly with shoot-to-kill orders should the SBU move in on them. Right Sector leader Dmytro Yarosh is in Mukachevo, supposedly to negotiate an end to the standoff, Right Sector protests have broken out all over the country demanding the resignation of Interior Minister Arsen Avakov and other officials, and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko held a meeting with his "war cabinet" this morning, and came out afterwards saying "Evil has showed its face," and that "we accept the challenge."

For the Russians, this is an "I told you so" moment. "Maidan is moving to Lviv and Kharkov. People are shouting: ’Revolution! Death to the criminal regime!’ The revolution has a beginning but has no end," Alexei Pushkov, chairman of the Duma Foreign Affairs Committee tweeted, today. "I have persistently been told in Europe that Ukraine is almost free of far-right radicals and [is] democratic. They should go to Mukachevo to see the democracy," he added.

Schiller Institute founder and German political leader Helga Zepp-LaRouche noted today the Russians have been right to warn that should Ukraine be allowed to fall under total Nazi control, other countries in Europe could follow. Look at the danger that the fascist Golden Dawn raises in Greece, out of the destruction wrought by the European Union; financial fascism leads to outright Nazi fascism, she warned.