Russian neo-Nazi “Kornilovtsy” battalion operating in Ukraine

War in the Donbas

The following pictures are of the “Kornilovtsy” Russian Attack Battalion operating in eastern Ukraine, along with insurgents bearing Russian Spetsnaz insignia with neo-fascist tattoos. The unit gets its name from a volunteer unit which fought in the Russian civil war on the side of the Empire, named after Lavr Kornilov, known for its Totenkopf insignia (also used by the Nazi SS). Its members are largely made up of neo-Nazis, as seen in the following gallery:

Three members hold the Russian imperial flag, used by far-right groups

Three members hold the Russian imperial flag, used by far-right groups

Tattoo of the 'Odal' rune, used by Nazi Germany and fascist groups today

Tattoo of the ‘Odal’ rune, used by Nazi Germany and fascist groups today

Left: Spetsnaz insignia and neo-Nazi runic tattoos, Right: Man in Russian military issue uniform

Left: Spetsnaz insignia and neo-Nazi runic tattoos, Right: Man in Russian military issue uniform

Skull and crossbones

Skull and crossbones

Runic writing and Spetsnaz ("Rapid Response Unit") insignia

Runic writing and Spetsnaz (“Rapid Response Unit”) insignia

Rifle with "Kuban 88" on the strap. The number 88 in skinhead culture means "Heil Hitler"

Rifle with “Kuban 88” on the strap. The number 88 in skinhead culture means “Heil Hitler”

Unit members giving Nazi salute, one rifle bears 88 ("Heil Hitler") marking

Unit members giving Nazi salute, one rifle bears 88 (“Heil Hitler”) marking

Photos courtesy of Anton Shekhovtsov, edited by Mat Babiak

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