Thursday Feb 20, 201403:10 PM GMT
Radical protesters in Ukraine neo-Nazis: Analyst

Those anti-government protesters in Ukraine who incite violence are neo-Nazi activists who enjoy support from the United States and the European Union, an analyst says, Press TV reports.

“You just need to look at the television screen to understand that the EU is very hypocritical and that it indeed supports neo-Nazis without saying so openly,” Dimitri Babich told Press TV in an interview on Thursday, referring to the radical elements among the anti-government protesters in Ukraine.

He added that the neo-Nazi demonstrators are burning vehicles and attacking police with Molotov cocktails.

“So you have this indirect support from the European Union and from the United States. They shield these groups from any kind of government repression, from any kind of punishment from the government,” said Babich.

He said “extremist nationalist groups” are sparing no efforts to seize the power in Ukraine.

“They hope to come to power on the back of these extremists and one more terrible thing is the fact that the EU supports these nationalists,” said the analyst.

Ukraine has been seeing anti-government protests since President Viktor Yanukovych refrained from signing an Association Agreement with the European Union on November 29, 2013, in favor of closer ties with Russia.

At least 25 people have reportedly died in fresh clashes between Ukrainian police and anti-government protesters, raising the death toll from the ongoing violence to over 50.

The latest deadly clashes come despite a truce between Yanukovych and the main opposition leaders.

The United States has issued visa restrictions on about 20 senior Ukrainian officials “complicit in or responsible for ordering or otherwise directing human rights abuses.” European officials say they are considering targeted sanctions against the Ukrainian government over the violence.

KA/HJL

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