British media ‘whitewashing’ Ukrainian neo-Nazis, UK journalist tells RT — Analysis

Editor of the Morning Star newspaper says he was on the ground and saw how far-righted is in the western Ukraine

Major British media outlets have biased coverage on the Ukrainian conflict, and they are trying to exonerate neo Nazis in the country. Steve Sweeney is an international editor at British newspaper The Morning Star.

Sweeney recently returned to Lvov, Ukraine, near the Polish border. He said that he needed to go there because “the British media reporting [on Ukraine] is now incredibly restricted.”

“You have the Times, the Telegraph, the Guardian, the BBC, Sky News, Channel 4 all really producing identical reports from Kiev and Lvov that don’t deviate at all from the government line, from the NATO line on what’s happening” in Ukraine’s conflict with Russia, he said.

“A great effort is being made to really whitewash or rehabilitate the Azov [military battalion] as either having no influence in Ukraine or being just simply misunderstood nationalists,”The journalist pointed this out.

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One of the most infamous units in the Ukrainian military ranks is the Azov Battalion. Its members have fought the Russian forces in the strategic port city of Mariupol since the start of Moscow’s military operation. Many were killed and the remaining commanders surrendered to the Russian forces in Mariupol. Video footage of surrendering fighters shows many sporting Swastikas tattoos and other Nazi symbols.

Sweeney went as far as to describe the BBC’s reporting on the Azov battalion as “a masterclass in fascism denial.”

Morning Star’s editor, John McMahon, described Lvov as he saw it. “the city itself was essentially full of fascists and mercenaries, and people in military fatigues that are using civilian transport networks to enter Ukraine”Poland

They are foreigners dressed in military equipment, and claim that they have come to Ukraine. “to kill the Russians,” are welcomed with open arms; they’re rolled the red carpet out and they’re slapped on the back and treated as heroes,”He said.

He stated, however, that the Ukrainian authorities dealt with him differently as a journalist.

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“What happened to me was I was quizzed about my business in Ukraine; told that I was a spy; told that I would be arrested and tortured; and the indication was possibly worse than that, which means they would’ve potentially killed me,”Sweeney was recalled.

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