By Information Resistance group, Delta section.
Based on research by Myroslav Mamchak.
Recently, thanks to Russian President Vladimir Putin, that brilliant follower in Adolf Hitler’s footsteps, those Ukrainian citizens who believe that their Motherland is Ukraine (as opposed to Russia or the Soviet Union), are automatically declared to be “Banderites” and “Neo-Nazis.”
What is the reason behind the fact that, starting from the 2000’s, our so-called “brothers” brand all Ukrainian patriots, as well as any Ukrainians who don’t feel part of the “Russian world,” as “Banderites,” “fascist helpers,” etc.? Why does Comrade Putin have so much hatred for the people who struggled for the independence of their country against everyone – the Germans, the Red Army, the Soviet partisans? Perhaps because in this particular Nazi’s plans, there is no room for an independent Ukraine, just as there was no room for it in Hitler’s.
Today, we propose to lift the curtain and shed some light on a number of facts that “Putin&Co” don’t like remembering. They would rather pretend that Russian history does not include a betrayal of millions of Russians during WW2. As if these several millions were never part of the great history of the great Russia. As if they simply got lost among the endless pages of time.
…The Russian media like making a lot of noise about “Banderite collaborators of fascists,” while saying nothing about the large-scale collaboration that took place in Crimea, including Sevastopol, during the German-Romanian occupation. Today, this stretch of time remains a deep mystery.
It’s not as simple as it looks. While in western regions of Ukraine, the UPA [Ukrainian Insurgent Army] fought to defend its people against Nazi aggressors, the situation in the southeast and in Crimea was more difficult. Legions of collaborators were helping occupiers in repressions against their own people. Starting from mid-summer of 1942, they were marching under the same banners as the Russkaia Obschina [Russian Community of Crimea], and wearing the same uniform as today’s Crimean Russian Cossacks.
By the way, all of them spoke Russian. The absolute majority of German collaborators – units of the Russian Liberation Army [ROA] in Crimea and Ukraine – were Russian-speaking.
If the Russian media loves talking about the Ukrainian “Roland” and “Nachtigall” battalions, then it’s time for us to tell about the homespun Crimean Cossacks, whose descendants now signed up to serve Moscow as “fighters against fascism,” while the only thing they’re fighting is the Ukrainian state. Even on May 9th, the day of celebration of the Great Victory over Nazism, they like to walk the streets of Sevastopol under ROA banners, demonstrating that cynicism knows no bounds in the “city of Russian glory.”
Archives, statistics, and document studies of many Russian authors are full of dry, yet eloquent, facts.
Crimea supplied 45,000 (!) armed fighters to Manstein’s 11th Army alone. They took part, among other things, in the assault on Sevastopol .
Nine separate Russian companies were formed as part of the Wehrmacht 17th Army.
Unlike the UPA fighters, who defended their own lands, Crimean “volunteers” took part in the blockade of Leningrad. By the way, Crimean Tatars were not accepted into the Wehrmacht, so there is no hiding between statements about “Crimean Tatar traitors.”
Modern-day Crimean “anti-fascists” don’t seem to be in a hurry to tell Crimeans who took part in the creation of the 5th Simferopol Cossack squadron of the Von Jungshultz Cossack Cavalry Regiment (February 1942) and the 1st St. Andrew’s Hundred by Simferopol.
Hitler’s forces also put together four Russian Cossack Battalions on the peninsula. They became the core of the Von Schulenberg Russian Cossack Guard Division. In 1994, this division was finally destroyed in battles with the UPA [Ukrainian Insurgent Army].
In February 1942, the headquarters of the 11th Wehrmacht Army in Simferopol formed the 5th Simferopol Cossack Reiter Squadron, which became the core of the Cossack Reiter Regiment commanded by Lt. Colonel von Schulze of the 1st Panzer Army. In 1943, this regiment, having shown themselves to be the best in battles against the Red Army and the partisans, was included in the 1st Cossack Cavalry Division with the Waffen-SS, and then grew and was transformed into the XV Cossack Corps with the Waffen-SS.
We should also point out that Hitler included Crimea in Reichskommissariat Ukraine. Thus, it was the XV Cossack Corps – with the Waffen-SS that became the first collaborator unit in Ukraine to be fully included in the Waffen-SS – and not the Galychyna SS Division.
A corps is much larger than a division. Thus, Lviv – with its Galychyna Division, and two battalions that did not pledge to the Führer and the Reich, and mostly joined the UPA – has nothing on the Crimean Cossacks. In addition to the facts above, Crimean residents also formed three Russian infantry battalions of the Wehrmacht, and the 560th and 994th field battalions of the Russian Liberation Army.
In addition to the Cossack corps, Sevastopol, and then Simferopol residents joined the staff of the headquarters, the command, and two battalions of the 1st Russian Waffen Grenadier Division. Formation of the 2nd Russian division also began.
Residents and prisoners of war in Sevastopol were used to form the 381st Sevastopol Training Division of the Wehrmacht.
Coastal defense between Sevastopol and Feodosiya in 1942-1944 was the responsibility of the Black Sea Kriegsmarine. Its officers were German, but all soldiers in it were Russian, recruited from locals and prisoners of war. And even though, when the Red Army was on approach, these “kriegsmarines” turned on their own officers, shot them, and went off to join the partisans – they nevertheless loyally served the occupiers for two years straight before that.
Another phenomenon of note are Crimean police battalions – so called HiWi (“Voluntary assistants” – assisting Nazis, of course). In Sevastopol, such battalion, formed of 450 locals, guarded the sea port. In other parts of Crimea, similar “assistants” blockaded Soviet partisans in mountain forests.
If we compare the number of collaborators in Crimea and in Western Ukraine, as a percentage of the local population in 1941, we will arrive at interesting results. In western regions of Ukraine, the percentage of collaborators who chose to serve the occupiers (even including the Galychyna division, and the Roland and Nachtigall battalions) is approximately 2.5% of the local population. In Crimea, that figure is almost 12%…
Today, henchmen of the new Hitler, from Moscow, are operating in Crimea again. Except now, instead of the Soviet government, they are fighting the Ukrainian one, along with Ukrainian citizens, who can barely speak Ukrainian.
To make sure that such “nationalverräter” (“traitors of the nation”) have no place on the “original Russian land,” Cossacks and FSB [Russian Security Service] officers are giving them subtle hints – to leave their homes and their Motherland. Because in Russia, there is no place for Ukraine. In the distorted imagination of Moscow’s Führer, there is no Ukraine – only Malorossiya [Small Russia], “a small historic misunderstanding.”