Ukrainian Soldiers Seen Wearing Helmets With Nazi Swastika and SS Symbols

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Soldiers from the Ukrainian self-defense battalion "Azov" sitting at a checkpoint in the southern coastal town of Mariupol September 8, 2014.Credit: Reuters

German television broadcast images of Ukrainian soldiers with helmets bearing Nazi symbols on Monday, according to NBC News.

A camera team from Norwegian broadcaster TV2 shot the footage last week, NBC reported.

“We were filming a report about Ukraine’s Azov battalion in the eastern city of Urzuf, when we came across these soldiers,” Oysten Bogen, a correspondent for private television station ZDF, told NBC. Azov is a paramilitary defense battalion made up of volunteers.

Although a spokesperson denied that the battalion had fascist tendencies, insisting that "we are just Ukrainian nationalists," the images portrayed included a swastika and the stylized runes of the SS.

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