Newsweek, Amnesty Int’l: Ukrainian Rightwing Neo-Nazi Militias Are Beheading Hostages, Just Like ISIS

In researching war crimes in Ukraine, I came across this disturbing report from Newsweek:

Groups of right-wing Ukrainian nationalists are committing war crimes in the rebel-held territories of Eastern Ukraine, according to a report from Amnesty International, as evidence emerged in local media of the volunteer militias beheading their victims.

Armed volunteers who refer to themselves as the Aidar battalion “have been involved in widespread abuses, including abductions, unlawful detention, ill-treatment, theft, extortion, and possible executions”, Amnesty said.

The organisation has also published a report detailing similar alleged atrocities committed by pro-Russian militants, highlighting the brutality of the conflict which has claimed over 3,000 lives.

Amnesty’s statement came before images of what appeared to be the severed heads of two civilians’ started circulating on social media today, identified by Russian news channel NTV as the heads of rebel hostages.

Shortly after, Kiev-based news network Pravilnoe TV reported that it had spoken with one of the mothers of the victims who confirmed her son was a rebel, captured during fighting in Donetsk. 

She said she had received her son’s head in a wooden box in the post, blaming nationalist volunteers for her son’s death. Newsweek has not been able to verify the report independently.

There are over 30 pro-nationalist, volunteer battalions similar to Aidar, such as Ukraina, DND Metinvest and Kiev 1, all funded by private investors.


Amnesty’s report, however, indicates Kiev’s loose regulation on volunteer groups and its “members… act with virtually no oversight or control”.


Meanwhile Norwegian channel TV2 presented footage yesterday of the Azov battalion flying flags with the symbols of Ukraine’s neo-Nazi party – Patriot of Ukraine.

Sadly, the U.S. and NATO have backed and applauded numerous war crimes in Ukraine. They have more-or-less switched sides.

The U.S. is also a very close ally of Saudi Arabia … which cuts off more heads than ISIS.


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2 Replies to “Newsweek, Amnesty Int’l: Ukrainian Rightwing Neo-Nazi Militias Are Beheading Hostages, Just Like ISIS”

  1. There are videos on Youtube where Aidar batallion execute prisoners by cutting their head off.
    This is done by having the victim on the floor with face down and hands tied behind the back.
    They place a large bowl with sharp edges over the head and neck of the victim and then
    kick very hard on top of the bowl as to break/cut the victims neck. This is extremely cruel and brutal.
    The U.S government need to stop their support of these groups. No weapons or other monetary support to people who brutally execute other citizens of Ukraine.

  2. History repeating itself and again after so many thousands dead , the murderer’s necks would go in the nose as did with Nazies in wwii . Secularists will prevail over Jehadists and Russians over Imperialists !

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