Andriy Parubiy, the Secretary of the [Ukrainian] National Security and Defense Council (RNBO), called for tougher measures from the West in order to stop an alleged “aggression” by Russian President Vladimir Putin. Parubiy was interviewed on the Atlantic Council website by Atlantic Council host Damon Wilson. While leading U.S. figures, such as Brent Scowcroft, Jimmy Carter, and, yes, even Zbigniew Brzezinski, have indicated a certain willingness to accept the Russian measures with regard to Crimea, Parubiy is intent on drumming up a Western crusade against Russia’s Putin.
Parubiy was one of the key figures in preparing the Banderite coup over the past two and a half decades. Parubiy and Oleh Tyahnybok in 1991 founded the neo-Nazi Social-Nationalist Party of Ukraine, later renamed Svoboda. In 1999 Paruby founded the SNPU’s paramilitary arm, Ukrainian Patriot, which today is a component of Right Sector. Though Paruby left Svoboda and has been a member of the Batkivshchyna Party and its predecessors for the past decade, he continued to help Ukrainian Patriot, showing up at court hearings as recently in 2012 to post bail for some of its terrorists who had been arrested in bomb plots.
In the first days of December 2013, Parubiy was already declared Commandant of the Maidan; he ran its logistics through to the deadly clashes of February 20, when he and Right Sector head Dmytro Yarosh announced their rejection of the truce negotiated by government and parliamentary opposition politicians the night before. Several sources have reported that the first sniper shots on Feb. 20, fired against both demonstrators and police, came from the Conservatory building where Parubiy’s staff was quartered.
In his presentation to the Atlantic Council, Parubiy painted a picture of a Russian attempt to take over Ukraine, labeled “Russian Spring” by mobilizing the Russian-speaking population in eastern and southern Ukraine. Parubiy says that the operation failed with the mass arrest of many of the leaders of the “agitation”. While he welcomed the sanctions, he called for more “visible help” in particular, in the military field.
“We are counting on the fact that we are standing for global values,” Parubiy said. “We therefore hope for economic and military support as well as for the presence of the West in the region.” He called for joint military maneuvers with NATO to “show that the partnership is still there.” He also said that the U.S. fleet in the Black Sea “could serve as a stabilizer.” In addition, he noted that it was “difficult to talk about nuclear disarmament in the present situation,” maybe with the view of reneging on previous Ukrainian commitments to give up their nuclear weapons.
The appointment of the new Ukrainian Defense Minister, who had been responsible for border defense, was done solely, Parubiy said, in order to lay stress on border protection now. He warned that other countries with Russian minorities, like Belarus and Kazakhstan, would also be in danger of similar Russian aggression. “If Russia is not stopped,” he said, “this advance will continue somewhere else. “You have to understand that Putin harbors the idea of establishing Russian dominance. If we don’t stop him, such actions will be continued.”
In reply to a somewhat muted softball question about his defense of Bandera and the role of the right elements at Maidan, Parubiy was evasive, saying simply that Ukrainians now stand united. He called for sanctions against Rosoboronexport, the Russian company responsible for the export of military equipment. He concluded by criticizing the West’s “soft approach” to Russia. “The level of the radicalness of our measures will determine the level of future aggression. Our common task is to stop Putin,” Parubiy said.
The Atlantic Council itself is no stranger to the promotion of the Banderite ideology as representing “democratic” Ukrainian nationalism. A Senior Fellow in its Translatlantic Relations Program is Adrian Karatnycky, formerly the head of Freedom House and an AFL-CIO political operations staffer. Karatnycky and his wife, National Endowment for Democracy Vice President Nadia Diuk, worked in the 1980s in programs run through Prolog Research Corporation, the front organization set up by the CIA in 1952 as a vehicle for Banderite war criminal Mykola Lebed to continue anti-Soviet operations. Diuk edited a Prolog-funded publication in London, while Karatnycky, according to published accounts by then-colleague Taras Kuzio (today a top expert on Ukraine for NATO), coordinated Prolog’s Ukrainian literature production through underground printing operations in Poland.