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Since the Russian armed forces invaded Ukraine on February 24, 2022, white supremacists and neo-Nazis have been sharing their reactions to the conflict online. The reactions have been varied, with many groups becoming increasingly divided over which side to support, if either. Some neo-Nazis have expressed support for Vladimir Putin and the Russian forces, arguing that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is Jewish and that Ukraine is beholden to Jewish and liberal interests.
Meanwhile others, usually still rejecting Zelensky and the Ukrainian government, claim to support the Ukrainian people, particularly celebrating the efforts of neo-Nazi paramilitaries such as the Azov Regiment, Right Sector, and Karpatska Sich. Other white supremacists and neo-Nazis have expressed their neutrality, arguing that the war is a "brother war" which global elites have used to pitch white men against each other, with many claiming that the conflict is an example of white genocide in action.
However groups and individuals from all three of the major camps have placed the blame for the conflict at the feet of the United States and NATO, with some calling for attacks against the U.S. or even a full scale Russian invasion on the North American continent and the fall of the U.S Government.
Others have claimed that U.S. interests are behind the conflict, with many making references to Hunter Biden's alleged dealings in Ukraine and claiming that Putin is fighting back against the liberal order and the "Deep State." Others have simply mocked the U.S. reaction to the conflict, singling out figures such as President Biden and Press Secretary Jen Psaki for ridicule.
The following report details online reactions to the Russia-Ukraine war from neo-Nazis and white supremacists globally in which they blame the United States and NATO for the war or wish for aggression against the U.S. or U.S. interests from either side of the conflict.
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Neo-Nazis And White Supremacists Blame The U.S. And NATO For The War
A U.S.-born white supremacist who recently became a Russian citizen shared a video on his VK account. He states: "Thank you, Vladimir Putin, my hero, my president. The United States is responsible for all of this aggression." He adds that all real Russian patriots are willing to take the financial sacrifice that stems from sanctions placed on Russia.
On Russian social media platform VK, an Australian neo-Nazi wrote: "My Enemy is not a Russian, My enemy is not an Ukrainian. My enemy is the Jew, the banker, the globalist and the American cia asshole that infiltrated the country and it's political scene and started it all, it's his fault." This message was translated into Ukrainian and Russian as well.
A white supremacist on Gab shared a post about the Ukraine-Russia war, which reads: "The current crisis in Ukraine… has been brought on by the naked aggression of the US and its liberal Western allies and in cooperation with the jew-friendly Zelensky regime in Kiev… Once the old Soviet Union fell and its carcass was picked clean by jew oligarchs, NATO completely lost its raison d'etre… This war in Ukraine could have been avoided if the US, Israel, and NATO had been content to simply allow a legitimate government in Kiev to work out a deal with Moscow in the interest of both the Russian and Ukraine peoples. Instead, the forces of global democracy, with all its anti-Christian, anti-tradition enormities and perversions, chose to force Putin's hand by its own heavy-handed (and underhanded) political and economic trickery in Kiev. Any bloodshed in this ongoing military debacle is clearly on the hands of the US and its liberal democratic Western allies. Remember, the first party to take military action is not necessarily the aggressor. Often, that action is the only legitimate and workable response to irresponsible, even provocative, moves by bad actors on the other side. We Southerners remember Fort Sumter as such a situation."
Neo-Nazis Call For Attacks On The U.S. And The Fall Of The U.S. Government
A Gab user responded to a post by a news outlet reading, "JUST IN – US closes airspace to all Russian aircraft: Biden." The user wrote: "WWIII… if they shoot down one single Russian jet… its over… really stupid move." A neo-Confederate user commented, "If that happens then just draw an X over Biden to let the nukes know where to land. Works every time in the cartoons!" and added a laughing face emoji.
On February 24 a Telegram channel which describes itself as "Catholic American Nationalist" wrote: "Good night. Pray for a peaceful resolution but one that includes the collapse of the current American government." The accompanying photo shows a statue of the Virgin Mary praying.
A white supremacist group initiative wrote on Telegram: "A state of War is now in effect between Russia and Ukraine. God save all good men on both sides to tonight, and may the Kikes and American traitors burn in the deepest pits of Hell."