About the situation in Mariupol from the commander of the Azov regiment, Denis Prokopenko “Redis”. He is in the city and defending it from the Russian invaders. We ask the media to spread this video as much as possible!
Про ситуацію в Маріуполі від командира полку Азов, Дениса Прокопенка «Редіса». Людини, яка весь час знаходиться в місті та обороняє його від російських окупантів. Просимо ЗМІ максимально розповсюдити!
A few months after recapturing the strategic port city of Mariupol from the Russian-backed separatists, the unit was officially integrated into the National Guard of Ukraine on November 12, 2014, and exacted high praise from the then-President Petro Poroshenko.
“These are our best warriors,” he said at an awards ceremony in 2014. “Our best volunteers.”
In June 2015, both Canada and the United States announced that their own forces will not support or train the Azov regiment, citing its National Socialist connections. The following year, however, the US lifted the ban under pressure from the Pentagon.
In 2016, Facebook first designated the Azov regiment a “dangerous organisation”. Under the company’s Dangerous Individuals and Organisations policy, Azov was banned from its platforms in 2019. The group was placed under Facebook’s Tier 1 designation, which includes groups such as the Ku Klux Klan and ISIL (ISIS). Users engaging in praise, support or representation of Tier 1 groups are also banned.
However, on February 24 2022, the day Russia launched its invasion, Facebook reversed its ban, saying it would allow praise for Azov.
“For the time being, we are making a narrow exception for praise of the Azov regiment strictly in the context of defending Ukraine, or in their role as part of the Ukraine national guard,” a spokesperson from Facebook’s parent company, Meta, told Business Insider.
“But we are continuing to ban all hate speech, hate symbolism, praise of violence, generic praise, support, or representation of the Azov regiment, and any other content that violates our community standards,” it added.
Azov have expanded to become part of Ukraine’s armed forces, a street militia and a political party. Their website can be viewed here: https://nationalcorps.org/
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