The Biden regime has lifted restrictions on providing American weapons and training to the Azov Brigade, a prominent Ukrainian military unit known for its effectiveness in combat but tainted by allegations of far-right associations in the past.

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The State Department utilized the Leahy vetting process to assess the Azov Brigade, which is now part of Ukraine’s National Guard operating as the 12th Special Forces Brigade.

American laws traditionally bar assistance, including equipment and training, to foreign military units or individuals linked to serious human rights violations.

Following a thorough review, the State Department announced that there was no evidence of the 12th Brigade Azov committing Gross Violations of Human Rights (GVHR), marking a significant milestone for the unit.

In a social media post on X, the Azov Brigade expressed their appreciation for the opportunity, stating, “We are grateful to the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, the Command of the National Guard of Ukraine, the Embassy of Ukraine in the United States of America, and everyone who contributed to successfully passing vetting.”

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The decision by the State Department overrides previous restrictions that prevented Azov from participating in Western military exercises or accessing American-funded weaponry.

Despite Moscow’s persistent claims labeling Azov as a Nazi group and alleging atrocities, no concrete evidence has been presented to support these accusations, according to Sunday World.

In a notable development in 2022, Russia’s highest court officially branded Azov as a terrorist organization, reinforcing the ongoing narrative of the Kremlin against the brigade.

Originating from the Azov Battalion established in 2014 to combat Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine, the brigade has faced scrutiny due to its recruitment from far-right circles.


While current members disavow any extremist affiliations and past far-right connections, the Kremlin has weaponized Azov’s beginnings to frame Russia’s intervention as a stand against perceived Nazi influence within Ukraine.

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