Azov Battalion

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Azov Special Operations Detachment

Окремий загін спеціального призначення «Азов»
LeaderDenys Prokopenko
Founded5 May 2014

The Azov Special Operations Detachment, also known as the Azov Battalion is a neo-Nazi[1] Ukrainian militia trained, funded and armed by the United States.[2][3][4]

Six months after being founded, it was incorporated into Ukraine's official National Guard.[5] They have fought against Russia and pro-Russian rebels in Donbas.[6]


  1. Lev Golinkin (2019-02-22). "Neo-Nazis and the Far Right Are On the March in Ukraine" The Nation. Retrieved 2022-01-09.
  2. "Ukraine extremists armed with US antitank weapons systems - Russian OSCE ambassador" (2018-01-18).
  3. James Carden (2016-01-14). "Congress Has Removed a Ban on Funding Neo-Nazis From Its Year-End Spending Bill" The Nation. Retrieved 2022-01-09.
  4. "Supporting Neo-Nazis in Ukraine".
  5. "Роз'яснення щодо статусу спецпідрозділу "Азов"" (2015-04-23). National Guard of Ukraine. Archived from the original on 2015-07-09. Retrieved 2022-01-09.
  6. "Ukrainian Military Personnel: Volunteers" (2015-08-04). Global Retrieved 2022-01-09.