According to an account in Spain's LaRepublica.es, a Feb. 8 anti-fascist rally and march through the city of Zaporozhye in southeastern Ukraine, ended with the rally burning an effigy of Stepan Bandera, the Nazi collaborator who remains an idol of much of the Ukrainian opposition, including the Svoboda party. The demonstration was called by the region's Communist Party (CP), and the featured speaker was Rada deputy Alexander Zubchevski, who is also second secretary of the Zaparozhye CP. Zubchevski said:
"Not in their worst nightmares would our grandparents, who fought with weapons in their hands, defending the country from occupiers, have been able to imagine that after 71 years, the threat of fascist revanchism would become a reality, in the country that most suffered the fascist nightmares during the years of the Great Patriotic War." He added: "But I want to warn them [the pro-Nazi opposition] that we too have legal weapons... We will answer terror with terror."
The article then reports that "Zubchevski asked the crowd to support the call for the Russian Federation to act as a guarantor of the stability and the peace of the Zaparozhye region, in response to the brazen interference by European and North American politicians, who are trying to incite Ukrainians into civil war. At the end of the rally, the anti-fascists burned an effigy representing the idol of the nationalists and fascists, Stepan Bandera."
The call for Russian support is similar to that coming from the Parliament of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea in Ukraine, which on Feb. 19 will also issue a call for Russian help; and statements by Russian Presidential adviser Academician Sergei Glazyev, who argued in a recent interview that Russia and the United States, as guarantors of the 1994 Budapest Memorandum, are obligated to defend Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity.
The Russian intention is being signaled clearly by these comments, Lyndon LaRouche noted today. This is their response; Putin has made it clear that there would be a change in policy if the provocations continued. Now things are warming up. What do expect?