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“The Evolution of the Azov Movement” at the event of NPD in Saxon Switzerland

Feb. 16, the activists of the Kraftquell project and the department of NPD in Saxon Switzerland hosted a unique event in this beautiful German land dedicated to the evolution of the rapidly growing Ukrainian Azov Movement.

The lecturer was Olena Semenyaka, International Secretary of National Corps, the parliamentary wing of the Azov Movement. Her speech was supported by video presentations and translated to German with a detailed background information for the local audience. The vivid interest of the listeners was manifested during the questions part of the event. What is remarkable, not only youth was present at the meeting, and the older German generation showed a rare knowledge of the Ukrainian history and state building.

Olena Semenyaka highlighted the origins of the Azov Movement as the Ukrainian nationalist organization of the new generation named The Patriot of Ukraine, which emerged in the Eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv and, since its very inception, had a mature paneuropean thinking, as well as regularly conducted paramilitary training. When the Maidan Revolution broke out, members of The Patriot of Ukraine were well-prepared to fight the police, first within the broad national-revoutionary movement of Right Sector, then, after their unalterable leader Andriy Biletsky was released from prison, as the newborn Azov Movement.

Following the path from the war to politics, they formed the Black Corps comprised of the “little black men” as a response to anonymous Russian “little green men” without insignia who annexed Crimea during the so-called democratic referendum on its future fate. The Black Corps operated in Eastern Ukraine, and its first most successful operation was the liberation of half a million city of Mariupol, the second biggest city in the region after Donetsk.

At that time, it has already been the Azov Battalion, the only Ukrainian volunteer battalion which has been converted shortly afterwards into the regiment of the National Guard of Ukraine. If the authorities had provided minimal support for the unit, it would have entered Donetsk, and the only successful counter-offensive operation throughout the entire course of the conflict under conditions of Minsk peace agreements was conducted precisely by the Azov Regiment, namely the release of Shyrokyne.

The logic of the Azov Movement’s unfolding was as follows: the Azov Civil Corps, the National Corps party, the paramilitary structure of National Militia, and over 30 projects functioning as independent NGOs, from the education and metapolitics to sport and youth camps.

But the most challenging projects of the Azov Movement, which is well-prepared for the hybrid scenario both at war and in politics, are the geopolitical ones. Olena Semenyaka emphasized that the Intermarium (Adriatic-Baltic-Black Sea) defense union as a platform for the alternative to the EU sovereign Paneuropean union is the main geopolitical program of National Corps. In this context, she referred to the German doctrines of Mitteleuropa, as well as made it clear that National Corps considers Ukraine an heir of the continental mission of “the heart of Europe,” Germany, in times of the “iron chancellor” Otto von Bismarck. In turn, the Azov Movement, in her opinion, heavily reminds of the German Freikorps caught between two fires: on the one hand, the Bolshevik invasion in Germany and Baltics, on the other hand, the treacherous Weimar government.

However, Olena Semenyaka concluded to say, precisely the false rivalry of the West and the Russian Federation creates the unique chance for the intended “buffer zone,” Eastern Europe, to become the center of the restoration of the all-European geopolitical subjectivity and superpower. After the majority of Russian nationalists fled to Ukraine due to severe “anti-extremist legislation,” multicultural agenda and “Nazi” witch hunt in Putin’s Russia, it has become obvious that only Eastern and Central Europe, especially Ukraine, remains the space of political freedom and the springboard for ambitious geopolitical projects.

The host of the event was the initiator of the Kraftquell project Thomas Rackow who seized the opportunity to announce the opening of this German-Ukrainian-Norwegian project in Germany. The goal of this, in fact, charity project is to organize a vacation in Germany and Norway for some Ukrainian veteran families and thus to show the European family of peoples in action. In the end of the lecture, Olena Semenyaka received a package of production promoting the Kraftquell project which was made with the support of the excellent metapolitical center in Pirna, Haus Montag, which is coordinated by Thomas Sattelberg.

The event was closed with a fantastic live performance by Phil of FLAK, a famous German RAC band, which, according to the fair observation of the frontman, has long transcended the genre in terms of the scope of the ideological response and the suggested positive alternative. Apart from the classic FLAK in German, he performed the composition in English which was dedicated to the paneuropean solidarity of European nations.

The participants of the meeting eagerly made further cooperation plans for the observable future, which, apart from the Kraftquell project, includes the publishing initiatives and joint international events.

Pirna NPD Haus Montag Thomas Rackow Kraftquell Thomas Sattelberg NPD Sachsen Olena Semenyaka Azov Movement National Corps Andriy Biletsky Intermarium Mitteleuropa Paneuropa FLAK