Ethnic Greeks freed from racist repression by Defeat Of Azov nazis In Mariupol

Situation Improving For Ethnic Greeks Following Defeat Of Azov Battalion In Mariupol

from SouthFront by Paul Antonopoulos, independent geopolitical analyst via thefreeonline shared with thanks

Fighters of Azov regiment in Ukraine

Greece’s anti-Russia policies could lead to permanent disconnect from Mariupol’s Greeks.

The surrender of the Azovstal Plant in Mariupol on May 20 was a major victory for Russian forces as they not only gained control of a major port city, but symbolically drove away the neo-Nazi Azov Battalion from their base.

Pontic Greeks in traditional dress

Although consumers of Western mainstream media were bombarded with allegations of war crimes perpetrated by Russian soldiers, such as the Mariupol Drama Theatre (in which local residents warned of a Ukrainian false flag operation days earlier), they had completely ignored the crimes and persecutions faced by non-Ukrainian speakers, including ethnic Greeks.

Mariupol and its surrounding villages are home to 100,000-120,000 ethnic Greeks, who are native Russian-speakers.

Only a small number are currently proficient in either Crimean-Mariupolitan Greek or Modern Standard Greek. Mariupol is a city founded in 1778 by Crimean Greeks on the invitation of Catherine the Great to resettle lands that had been conquered from the Ottoman Turks and to escape persecution in the then Muslim-dominated Crimea.

A second wave of Greek migrants arrived in the Azov region from Pontos to escape the Ottoman Turkish perpetrated genocide in 1913-1923.

Pontic Greeks commemorate the 1914-1923 genocide by Ottoman Turkey

Yet, despite Greeks having first colonized Crimea in the 7th century BC, more than a millennium and a half before the Slavs arrived in the mid-10th century after the peninsula was conquered by Prince Sviatoslav I of Kiev, Ukrainian authorities refuse to recognize the Greeks as an indigenous group to Ukraine.

Although the reality is that Crimea is now a part of Russia, Kiev continues to recognize it as occupied territory, and in turn the designation of Greeks as non-indigenous means that they could not access the same resources as other ethnic groups which have been labelled indigenous.

This makes preserving language, culture and identity all the more difficult.

The fact that Mariupol Greeks are native Russian speakers and their villages voted in their majority to join the separatist Donetsk People’s Republic in 2014, saw them persecuted by the Ukrainian state and their Azov Battalion enforcers.

The 1920 Genocide and Extermination of Pontic Greeks

It is recalled that on February 14, only 10 days before the Ukraine War began, one Greek was killed and another wounded in a shooting by the Azov Battalion because they were speaking Russian amongst themselves in the village of Granitne.


The western media label Putin as the new Hitler but Russia is very socially and culturally heterogeneous. There are 83 (or 85) federal nationalities officially recognized as indigenous ethnic peoples of Russia. They include the Kets, Aleuts, Itelmens, Nenets and Pontic Greeks, etc… The Greeks live in Crimea and the northern Azov Sea: in Chersonesos, Symbolon (Balaklava), Kerkinitida, Panticapaeum, Soughdaia (Sudak), Tanais, Theodosia (Feodosiya).

Before the Russian operation began Sartana was on the line of contact between Ukrainian and Russian forces, and like many of the other Greek villages, had voted to join the DPR.

Sartana Donetsk Oblast Sartana is an urban-type settlement on the banks of river Kalmius in Donetsk oblast, Ukraine. It is administratively part of the Kalmiuskyi District of the city of Mariupol..

One woman from the Greek-majority town of Sartana, 17 kilometers northeast of Mariupol, told American journalist Patrick Lancaster that they were forced to endure Ukrainization and could not speak Russian in public unless they wanted to risk a fine.

Between the non-recognition as an indigenous minority, forced Ukrainization and even murder, the Greeks of Mariupol have suffered immensely under the Azov Battalion, yet Western media has remained near silent, or at the maximum they are non-critical of the racist policies of Kiev.

Although Western audiences were bombarded with scenes from the battle of Mariupol, including the Greek government’s unverified claims that the Russian air force bombed Greek villages, there has been near silence now about the current situation in the port city and its surrounds.

As the overwhelming majority of Greeks are now in territory controlled by Russian forces, life has resumed as normal as possible for those living close to a warzone.

Schools in Sartana are operating again and people are trying to resume business as normal. What is for certain though is that racist killings just for speaking Russian or any other language other than Ukrainian has come to an end.

With the Greeks of Mariupol now a part of the DPR, the Greek government finds itself in a conundrum as they promised to never abandon the autocephalous community but at the same time has agreed to nearly every anti-Russia sanction and demand made by Washington and Brussels.

This makes the reopening of the Greek Consulate in Mariupol dependent on the goodwill of the DPR administration.

Only on May 31 it was announced that Greece’s East German-made ΒΜΡ-1 infantry fighting vehicles would be sent to Ukraine so Berlin can replace Greece’s fleet with German-made Marder armoured vehicles. As Athens continues its hostile policy, it lessens the chance of any Russian goodwill so that the Greek community can remain connected to the Greek State via the consulate.

The plan to transfer BMP-1’s to Ukraine once again created outrage in Greece as the announcement was not made by Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis during his joint statement with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, but rather by the German leader himself.

Greeks lambasted the cowardliness of Mitsotakis of not having made the announcement himself – keeping in mind that over 70% of Greeks in a poll want Athens to have a neutral policy towards the war.

74% Of Greeks Disapprove Of Government’s Handling Of Ukraine Crisis, Majority Want Greece To Be Neutral

Despite the persecution of Greeks since 2014 whilst living under Kiev’s authority and the Azov Battalion, the Greek government has been near silent on this, only releasing periodical statements that hint towards Ukraine needing to improve minority rights and nowhere near to the same degree of their criticism of Russia.

Greece in the months leading up to the war was making strong attempts to have soft power influence in Mariupol, something that could have continued if there was an acceptance that the entirety of Donetsk was going to be under full Russian control.

The harsh reality for Athens is that although the Greeks of Mariupol will be disconnected from Greece, they will live in a far safer environment and with respect to their identity and language, just as happens in the Greeks in Russia’s Crimea, and in the Stavropol Krai and Krasnodar Krai experience.

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One thought on “Ethnic Greeks freed from racist repression by Defeat Of Azov nazis In Mariupol”

  1. Reblogged this on rebelbreeze and commented:
    Rebel Breeze introduction: Amidst propaganda from both antagonists and others on the sideline, it is difficult to verify the truth of events. This article is of particular interest as it deals with an ethnic group in parts of Ukraine not normally alluded to, although of huge significance for Mariupol and surrounding area in particular — the ethnic Greeks. After the abrupt change of Ukrainian government in 2014 which led to the war in the Donbas area in particular (and arguably in part to the Russian invasion eight years later) reports began to filter through — from largely alternative media sources — of the targeting of this group along with Roma and LGBT by Azov and Right Sector fighters. Since then, nothing much has surfaced about the ethnic Greeks — this article relates some of what has been happening to them and their original history.


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