Azov Battalion establishes new political party

On October 14th, the founding congress of the new political party “National Corps” will take place in Kyiv, according to the website of Civil Corps of Azov.

“An initiative group of the new political party consists of members of the public organization Civil Corps of Azov, veterans of the Azov Regiment of the National Guard, volunteers and Ukrainian patriots,” the statement of the Civil Corps of Azov reads. Civil Corps of Azov is a non-military organization created by the Azov National Guard unit ostensibly for political and social work.

The founding congress will be held in the House of Architect at Grinchenko 7 Street, Kyiv. After the event there will be a “March of Nations” from the Mother-Motherland monument devoted to the Day of Ukrainian Cossacks.

Earlier, a military commander of Azov Battalion, Andriy Biletsky, said in an interview with Focus magazine said that the new party will use neither the name nor symbol of Azov. He also stated that he will not be a leader of the party because he would have to leave the National Guard to do so.

According to Biletsky, the new party’s program will not be “a program of narrow cultural or narrow language nationalism” and neither would it be a populist program “like for all the good and against all the bad.” Instead it will be focused on turning Ukraine from an object into an actor of world politics.

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