The European company European Security Academy (ESA) that trains the security forces, law enforcement bodies and soldiers also taught “Azov” Battalion based in Mariupol in 2016 as Bellingcat reported.
“A large group from Ukraine consisting at least partially of Azov veterans, along with likely current members of Azov movement and other far-right activists, received special-ops like training in the ESA training center in Poland,” the message said.
Moreover, the investigation noted, that among those who passed the ESA training were the activists of the far-right organizations of Ukraine connected with harassment and attacks on the Ukrainian Romes, LGBT-persons and human rights activists: “Tradition and Order”, “The National Corps”, “The National Militia”.
According to ESA Managing Direction, his company “would deny training to applicants who support far-right ideologies and/or have links to violent ultra-nationalist organizations”. He also added that the company carefully check the candidate, however, he did not specify the criteria that can be the ground for refusal.
Also, it was reported that over the past several months, Ukrainian far-right activists have increased the frequency of their attacks on national minorities.