Azov officer Ilya Samoilenko, one of the defenders of the Azovstal steelworks in Mariupol, led the delegation to Israel, writes Jerusalem Post
A delegation from Ukraine’s infamous ‘Azov Battalion’, which promotes Nazi theology and symbols, as see in the photo above, visited Israel to talk about Democracy.
For some reason there were no ‘Wolf’s Hooks’, the Azov symbol taken from a Nazi SS favorite, were seen in the local Israeli press.
The delegation arrived in Israel on Thursday and was led by Azov officer Ilya Samoilenko, one of the soldiers who barricaded themselves beneath the Azovstal steelworks during attempts to protect Mariupol from the Russian invasion earlier this year. Joining him in leading the delegation was Yuliya Fedosyuk, deputy head of the Association of Azovstal Defenders’ Families, wrote The Jerusalem Post.
The delegation came to Israel to advocate for members of the Azov Regiment who are still being held as prisoners, to speak about the defense of the Azovstal plant in Mariupol and to counter Russian reports and statements about the regiment and the ongoing war.
The visit was initiated by the Israeli Friends of Ukraine organization and with the support of the Ukrainian Embassy in Israel and the Nadav Foundation.
“The feat of the Mariupol defenders in 2022 shocked the whole world,” said the delegation. “In this fierce resistance to the Russian occupation, various peoples of the world saw parallels with various episodes of their own history, comparing the Ukrainian heroes of today with their heroes of the past. All of them had one thing in common – an uncompromising, sometimes doomed struggle for their independence. The rank of people who, in the battle for their freedom, sacrifice everything, permeates the entirety of history.”
“When today in Israel we talk about the defense of Mariupol, the Israelis, understanding, first of all, the military differences between the war 2,000 years ago and today, constantly repeat: ‘Mariupol is your Masada.’ And we will definitely return there.”
Anna Zharova, a founder of Israeli Friends of Ukraine, called the delegation’s visit the organization’s “most important project since the beginning of the war.”
Meanwhile in Ukraine, President Zelenskiy has banned the Russian Orthodox Church.
It’s a clown world.
You can read more of the article in The Jerusalem Post here.