According to professor of Global Affairs at New York University, Mark Galeotti, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is fearful of the ultra-nationalist group Right Sector and as the recent events in Mukachevo showed he can’t even control the radicals’ activity in the country”.
Chaos in Ukraine, as reflected by the deadly shootout between notorious Right Sector fighters and police in the town of Mukachevo among other things, threatens stability in the country and could spill over to Europe, Russian Foreign Ministry’s Human Rights Ombudsman Konstantin Dolgov warned.
Mukachevo is located in southwestern Ukraine in close proximity to three European countries. It is some 25 miles away from Hungary, 56 miles away from Slovakia and 68 miles away from Romania.
“We have long said that absolute lawlessness, chaos in terms of human rights and absent rule of law pose a threat not only to Ukraine and to the unity of this nation, undermined by Kiev, but also to Europe,” Dolgov told Rossiya-24 TV.
The Right Sector was formed as a coalition of nationalist and neo-Nazi organizations during the Maidan protests in Kiev at the end of 2013. In November 2014, Russia’s Supreme Court blacklisted the Right Sector as an extremist organization and banned its activity in Russia. Earlier, Russia launched a criminal case against leader Dmitry Yarosh for public incitement of terrorism.
Ukrainian volunteer battalions, primarily made up of ultranationalists and radicals, were once Kiev’s key instrument in fighting against self-defense forces in the Donbass region, but they have now turned into the main threat to the war-torn country, a German news magazine noted.
“The ultranationalists are threatening Kiev with a new Maidan, chaos and bloody violence,” Focus observed in an article titled “March on Kiev: Ukrainian ultranationalists want to oust Poroshenko.”
The expert is convinced that the ultranationalist forces “want to get rid of the corrupt elites, aim at staging a coup and will not shy away from using violence.”
The groups, like the notorious Right Sector, seem to have everything they need to make this happen.
The group and other nationalist organizations played a key part in Kiev’s offensive against independence supporters in eastern Ukraine and are responsible for countless atrocities committed there since April 2014. However, the government has never managed to take these groups, which enjoy a significant degree of autonomy, under full control.
Ukrainian nationalists profiteering from war.