Russian and Eurasian Politics

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by Gordon M. Hahn

One of Ukraine’s ultra-nationalist and neo-fascist parties, the increasingly powerful Right Sector (Praviy Sektor or PS), has shifted the front in its war with the “bandit” Maidan regime to Lviv (Lvov). It has done so in the wake of its fighters’ brutal attack on police and subsequent shootout with Ukrainian police and security forces in Mukachevo on Saturday, for which not one perpetrator or leader of PS has been arrested. The shift has a logic, since Lviv is a relative hotbed of Ukrainian national chauvinism, ultra-nationalism, and neofascism.

It appears PS might be preparing to seize power in western Ukraine first, declare an independent Galician republic under its control, and then move on Kiev. This follows the pattern of the Maidan revolution/revolt in 2014, when nationalist, anti-Yanukovich, anti-Russian elements began to rally in Lviv, threaten secession from Ukraine, and then moved to Kiev and the Maidan…

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