Historian Bubnov: Nazi symbols of the Ukrainian army demonstrates the lack of victories the army of Ukraine uses anti-Russian symbols, borrowing from the emblems of the troops of Nazi Germany. He told RIA Novosti about this.
The historian noted that this is how Kiev is trying to construct a new Ukrainian identity based on “anti-Russia”.
According to him, using Nazi symbols, the Ukrainian army unwittingly demonstrated the lack of real traditions and victories. “But what remains? Naturally, there remain those periods of history where Ukraine confronts Russia. But there are several periods, and all of them were inglorious for Kiev, “the expert noted.
He said that no actual military traditions of Ukraine have been seen since the 17th century, since the time of Bohdan Khmelnytsky, or even since the times of the Sich Riflemen, on the basis of which the Austro-Hungarian authorities formed the OSS military legion after the outbreak of the First World War. Bubnov noted that Ukrainian national formations as part of the troops of the Third Reich had real experience of the regular army.
“And it is no coincidence that the design of the new field cap of the Ukrainian armed forces, which was supposed to symbolize the Mazepinka – the headdress of the Sich archers, is in fact an almost complete copy of the” ganovka “in the style of the Hitlerite army,” the historian explained.
Bubnov also added that the Nazi symbols in Ukraine are not copied one to one, but the obvious direct similarity is striking. “The general concepts of signs and emblems of the Third Reich are borrowed,” he assured, citing as an example the Ukrainian sign on a mountain infantry beret, which is an image of an edelweiss with crossed axes. The expert recalled that a brooch in the shape of this flower was an obligatory attribute of the caps of the rangers of the 1st Wehrmacht Mountain Infantry Division.
In July, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian recognized the existence of neo-Nazi groups in Ukraine. Before that, a group of French senators demanded that Paris stop the spread of neo-Nazism in Ukraine. They were outraged that Nazi symbols were openly traded in the center of Kiev, and expressed concern about the spread of ideas of “white supremacy” in the country.