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Two young supporters of Donetsk Popular Repubblic @ Pontida 2015
a man holding a sign that says that the Native Americans couldn't regulate immigration and now they live on reserves.
some people make a selfie with Tony Iwobi, a militant emigrate from Nigeria.
Matteo Salvini national secretary of Northern League
Matteo Salvini national secretary of Northern League
Mario Borghezio, former member of Italian and European Parliament repeatedly condamned for varius crimes
brochure on the activities of N.G.O. "Padan Humanitarian"
An activist with a poster which invite to sign up for the abolition of actually Italian law on prostitution
Gadgets for babies @ Pontida 2015
a t-shirt with the written means "more rum and less Roma people"
The statue of Alberto from Giussano (their undisputed hero) and green smoke (green is the color of N.L.)
Two militants exchanging a peace sign
An activist with a poster which invite to sign up for the abolition of actually Italian law on prostitution on the roof of chemical toilets.
An action figure of the incredible Hulk "maneuvering" a bulldozer.
A man with the gadget that every militants must have, the bulldozer model.
Pravy Sektor have their flags on the wall in the basement of an empty house in the front lines of the Ukraine war.
Most of the interior was made from scratch. They live on mattress-less wooden bunks and pile their winter gear in the shared sleeping quarters in the basement of an abandoned home in order to shelter them from Grad attacks.
Pravy Sektor Soldier signs a Ukrainian flag that will be sent home with their supporters in Kiev.
Near Donetsk, Ukrainian fighters make their home among the wreckage of an old, abandoned home. Now the residential neighborhood had been reduced to frames of brick and rubble, pock marked by the impact of shrapnel. A child’s purple bike, an full-length brass mirror and a green-and-red sled are just some of the abandoned reminders of a life that existed here before the war came to their doorstep.
After a Grad rocket landed nearby, I took shelter in one of these abandoned mansions where the soldiers of the Pravy Sektor have made a home inside the basements. The Pravy Sektor, or the Right Sektor, is largely seen as an ultra-right wing nationalist organization, also having, some say, collaborated with the Nazi regime against the Soviets in WWII.
For security reasons, they requested that their names and identities be kept secret. “It is too dangerous to live on the first, second or third floors,” said a Crimean soldier in his 40’s, “We used to live across the street but that house is now destroyed. You can hear the grads landing all night.”
They have made a comfortable home, with improvised stoves whose pipes cut into the windows and are sealed air tight with silver electrical tape. An old, gas-powered stove sits in one corner, and they manually need to crank open a tank of gas in order to use it.
Along the wall are the flags of Ukraine, Pravy Sektor and the letters of support from young children. Because it is too dangerous to go outside to smoke, many of them huddle around a small garden table that was brought indoors and tap their ash into empty tin cans and ignore the chorus of artillery fire that is just outside.
When I asked if they were Nazis or Nazi sympathizers, a soldier from Crimea who had previously been a member of the Aidar battalion, laughed and screamed “Hitler kaput! Like Putin kaput!”
Many, it seems were apolitical, and their only uniting conviction was the need to stop Russia from turning the whole of Ukraine into Crimea.
A soldier in his fifties had once served in the Soviet Army. He was a painter, doing metalwork for a museum in Crimea. He studies and practices Zen Buddhism, dreams of being in a monastery in Thailand after the war is over, and says that though he is generally a pacifist, the events and the current state of Crimea convinced him that there was a need to fight.
“It is horrible in Crimea now,” he says, “The friends I left behind there tell me they are horrified.”
I asked them if they truly hated Russians, and a young man who looked to be in his late twenties laughed, “No we do not hate Russians. It is Russian policies we are against. I was born in Russian. I am Russian. There are others like me here.”
After I asked them my questions, one of their young team leaders in his late twenties looked at me and asked me, as an American, why my country did not help Ukraine against the Russian “terrorists”. I had no answer.
“Men are dying in this war, and still, no one helps,” he says, exacerbated.
European volunteer fighters and far-right activists have travelled to Ukraine to fight along side pro-Ukrainian forces against pro-Russian separatists. They come from France, Sweden, and other parts of Europe. They have different motivations for participating in the conflict, but they all say that they are not paid to fight.
Journalists Fausto Biloslavo and Laura Lesevre travelled to Ukraine and interviewed, among others, Mikael Skillt, a Swedish sniper, with seven years' experience in the Swedish Army and the Swedish National Guard. Mikael is currently fighting with the Azov Battalion, a pro-Ukrainian volunteer armed group in eastern Ukraine. He says there is a bounty of nearly 5,000 euros on his head.
This 11:26 minutes video story includes footage of the Azov Battalion training and fighting against pro-Russia separatists. It also include interviews with an Italian and a Russian volunteer fighter. It also includes an interview with Mikael Skillt, a Swedish sniper.
A volunteer fighter wearing the t-shirt with the emblem of the Azov Battalion. The battalion is under the control of Kiev’s Interior ministry.
46 year old Gaston Besson from France says he wants to defend Ukraine’s independence. Besson, who has also fought in Croatia, Bosnia, Burma and Laos, is in charge of recruiting foreign European volunteers to fight against pro-Russian rebels. "Every day I get dozens of e-mail with requests of enlistment, but I reject 75% of them. People who want to join us are to buy the plane ticket with their own money. Then they go over an initial period of training in Kiev before being sent to the front line. We do not want fanatics, trigger-happy people, drunkards or druggies. We need unpaid idealists, not hired mercenaries”, he says.
Volunteer fighters from the Azov battalion during urban warfare training.
Francesco F, an Italian volunteer fighter in the Azav battalion's base in Berdyansk.
An armed member of the Azov Battalion at a check point near Berdyansk in Eastern Ukraine.
Mikael Skillt, a Swedish sniper, with seven years' experience in the Swedish Army and the Swedish National Guard. Mikael is currently fighting with the Azov Battalion, a pro-Ukrainian volunteer armed group in eastern Ukraine. He says there is a bounty of nearly 5,000 euros on his head.
Members of the Azov battalion in their base in Eastern Ukraine.
Francesco F. an Italian volunteer fighter with the Azav battalion during training. Francesco gave up his life as a manager in order to fight alongside Ukrainians against pro-Russian rebels in east Ukraine.
A member of the Azav battalion. All fighters wear masks to cover their faces for fear of reprisals.
Fighters from the Azav battalion resting on the grass.
Volunteer fighters from the Azov battalion during training.