Right Sector’s Dmytro Yarosh Told 2019 Interview, ‘Zelenskyy Will Hang’
March 6, 2022 (EIRNS)—Yves Smith of Naked Capitalism on March 5 uncovered an interview by the Ukrainian internet news site Obozrevatel with Dmytro Yarosh, a co-founder of the Right Sector, who was then the commander of the Nazi Ukrainian Volunteer Army. The interview was from May 27, 2019, a scant week after Volodymyr Zelenskyy was inaugurated as President. The interview is published on Moon of Alabama’s website. Yarosh openly threatens that Zelenskyy will be lynched on the main street of Kiev, if he implements any part of the Minsk Accords, which sets out the conditions for Ukraine’s leadership to negotiate autonomy arrangements with the breakaway republics in Donbas. Russia had long backed the Minsk Agreements, to keep the republics within Ukraine, and promoted the urgency for negotiations at every opportunity.
Yarosh: The Minsk format—and I talk about this all the time—is an opportunity to play for time, arm the Armed Forces, switch to the best world standards in the system of national security and defense. This is an opportunity for maneuver. But no more. The implementation of the Minsk agreements is the death of our state. They are not worth a drop of blood of the guys and girls, men and women who died in this war. Not a drop....
Q: Waiting for what the newly elected President will say?
Yarosh: Not only. Let’s fight and get ready. We are waiting for what he will say and, most importantly, how he will act. “By their fruits you will know them,” says Scripture. “Fruits” we will see somewhere in the fall. Zelenskyy is an inexperienced politician.... Zelenskyy is very dangerous for us Ukrainians. I feel it. His statements about peace at any cost are dangerous for us. Volodymyr simply does not know the price of this world.... He just needs to understand one truth: Ukrainians cannot be humiliated. Ukrainians, after 700 years of colonial slavery, may not yet have fully learned how to build a state. But we learned how to make an uprising very well and shoot all those “eagles” who are trying to parasitize on the sweat and blood of Ukrainians. Zelenskyy said in his inaugural speech that he was ready to lose ratings, popularity, position.... No, he would lose his life. He will hang on some tree on Khreshchatyk—if he betrays Ukraine and those people who died in the Revolution and the War.
Two elements that Smith does not mention in the Yarosh interview: Yarosh claims not only that exposés of Right Sector anti-Semitism is Russian propaganda, and even pulls the “some of my best friends...” line: Saying that Russia, rather than invade, “Alternatively, they can play on the fact that our President is a Jew by nationality. He talks about it himself. I respect the Jewish people. There are Jews among my friends, many Jews fought in the UDA. These are my brothers....”
He also fantasizes:
“Without abandoning the war, I will try to write a few works about my vision of the future of Ukraine. I will help, first of all, Ukrainian nationalists and patriots, to give a new vision of Ukraine, based on a solid ideological foundation—the legacy of Taras Shevchenko, Mykola Mikhnovsky, Dmitry Dontsov, Yevgeny Konovalets, Stepan Bandera, Vasily Ivanishin and so on.... I will try to influence the Ukrainians to preserve their state and make nationalism modern and promising. These will be my personal most important tasks.”