As of earlier this week the Ukrainian parliament voted to ban propaganda and symbols that in anyway relate to “totalitarian communist and Nazi regimes.” According to the article Russia states that this is why they support the separatists in the eastern Ukraine because of a “Fascist threat from the Kiev government. Although Ukraine states that its reasoning behind the ban is because they had discovered a plot to create a separatist state in Odessa and Ukraine's security service arrested nearly thirty people who were planning to create a independent region similar to that of the ones in Luhansk and Donetsk. As of April the Donetsk and Lehansk regions were declared as sovereign states and it seems that other groups are forming to create a similar situation in Odessa within a few days. According to the SBU (Ukraine's security service) chief Valentyn Nalyvaychenko the groups were planning on carrying out a series of assassinations of local politicians in hopes of destabilizing the city to make it easier to make the transition. Russia has accused the Kievian government of being run by fascists and naming the Right Sector, a group which first assembled as an “ultra nationalists umbrella organization” which played a large role in the anti-government protests last year, and its leader Dmytro Yarosh as the root of the issue.
William A. Bullard
April 11, 2015