Two pictures distributed by Associated Press show a Ukrainian National Guard soldier wearing insignia of the nazi military organisation SS Waffen in his hat and arm while being reviewed by Prime Minister Yatseniuk.
A Ukrainian volunteer soldier with emblems of WWII SS Galician division that had fought against the Soviet Army, waits to be sent to the country’s east in a military base in the village of Novi Petrivtsi near Kiev Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukasky)
The picture was taken on September 30 at the National Guard training camp in Novi Petrivtsi. The reason the photographer was there was that the National Guard soldiers were being reviewed by the Prime Minister Yatseniuk before being sent to the front, as can be seen in the AP pictures following these two ones:
The SS Galician division of Nazi troops (14th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS) was set up in 1943 and composed of Ukrainian volunteers.
On April 27 this year, a march was organised in Lviv, Western Ukraine, to commemorate the founding of this Nazi military organisation. The march was organised by organisations of veterans and the regional branch of the far right party Svoboda, which at the time was part of the ruling coalition in Kyiv:
This comes after the scandal of Ukrainian soldiers of the Azov Battalion with nazi symbols in their helmets being shown on German TV news.