Copyright © 2024

The work of Euromaidan Press is supported by the International Renaissance Foundation

When referencing our materials, please include an active hyperlink to the Euromaidan Press material and a maximum 500-character extract of the story. To reprint anything longer, written permission must be acquired from [email protected].

Privacy and Cookie Policies.

Moscow using real neo-Nazis to fight its war in Ukraine, German intelligence concludes

Russian troops in Ukraine, February 2022. Photo:
Russian troops in Ukraine, in 2022. Photo:
Moscow using real neo-Nazis to fight its war in Ukraine, German intelligence concludes

Even though the Kremlin regularly claims that it is fighting Nazism in Ukraine, a claim that is without foundation, the Kremlin is now using real neo-Nazis to prosecute that war, undermining still further Russian justifications for the conflict, Der Spiegel says, citing German intelligence findings.

Related: Putin isn’t ‘copying the Nazis’ as some in the West say; he is a Nazi, Skobov says

According to the German news weekly, the Federal Intelligence Service (the BND) has concluded in a confidential document that numerous Russian right-wing extremists and neo-Nazis are among those fighting alongside Russia’s regular forces in Ukraine.

Related: To ‘de-Nazify’ Ukraine, Moscow must impose a brutal generation-long occupation, Novosti journalist says

The BND highlights the activities of two major groups, the Imperial Legion and Rusich, but adds that there are other extremist groups represented as well. Both of the larger groups were involved in the first wave of Putin’s war against Ukraine in 2014-2015 and have now returned to continue their fight.

Read More:

You could close this page. Or you could join our community and help us produce more materials like this.  We keep our reporting open and accessible to everyone because we believe in the power of free information. This is why our small, cost-effective team depends on the support of readers like you to bring deliver timely news, quality analysis, and on-the-ground reports about Russia's war against Ukraine and Ukraine's struggle to build a democratic society. A little bit goes a long way: for as little as the cost of one cup of coffee a month, you can help build bridges between Ukraine and the rest of the world, plus become a co-creator and vote for topics we should cover next. Become a patron or see other ways to support. Become a Patron!

To suggest a correction or clarification, write to us here

You can also highlight the text and press Ctrl + Enter

Please leave your suggestions or corrections here

    Will the West continue to support Ukraine?
    • Know what moves the world.
    • Stay informed with Kompreno.
    • Get quality journalism from across Europe.
    Special discount
    for Euromaidan Press readers
    Euromaidan Press

    We are an independent media outlet that relies solely on advertising revenue to sustain itself. We do not endorse or promote any products or services for financial gain. Therefore, we kindly ask for your support by disabling your ad blocker. Your assistance helps us continue providing quality content. Thank you!

    Related Posts