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Ukraine’s ultra-right is increasingly visible as elections draw to a climax

Updated : April 07, 2019 01:09 PM IST

As the second round of Ukraine's presidential election draws near, its ultranationalist groups are becoming increasingly visible, posing a dilemma for the West.

Thousands of far-right activists marched to incumbent President Petro Poroshenko's administration headquarters last month, chanting about alleged corruption and throwing funeral-style bouquets and toy pigs to symbolize the embezzlement of state funds. Ultranationalists have also gone to campaign rallies where they fight with police and heckle Poroshenko.

Members of nationalist movements attend a rally marking Defender of Ukraine Day in Kiev, Ukraine. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
Members of nationalist movements attend a rally marking Defender of Ukraine Day in Kiev, Ukraine. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
Members of nationalist movements march during a rally marking Defender of Ukraine Day in Kiev, Ukraine. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
Members of nationalist movements march during a rally marking Defender of Ukraine Day in Kiev, Ukraine. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
Nationalist carry torches during a rally to mark the birth anniversary of Stepan Bandera, founder of a rebel army that fought against the Soviet regime, in Kiev, Ukraine. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
Nationalist carry torches during a rally to mark the birth anniversary of Stepan Bandera, founder of a rebel army that fought against the Soviet regime, in Kiev, Ukraine. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
Members of nationalist movements attend a rally marking Defender of Ukraine Day in Kiev, Ukraine. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
Members of nationalist movements attend a rally marking Defender of Ukraine Day in Kiev, Ukraine. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
Members of nationalist movements light flares during a rally marking Defender of Ukraine Day in Kiev, Ukraine. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
Members of nationalist movements light flares during a rally marking Defender of Ukraine Day in Kiev, Ukraine. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
Members of the C14, some of them wearing balaclavas, march toward a Russian Orthodox church in Kiev, Ukraine. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
Members of the C14, some of them wearing balaclavas, march toward a Russian Orthodox church in Kiev, Ukraine. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
Members of the C14 and other far right organizations fight with pfar-rightn supporters at the Soviet-era monument to General Nikolai Vatutin in Kiev, Ukraine. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
Members of the C14 and other far right organizations fight with pfar-rightn supporters at the Soviet-era monument to General Nikolai Vatutin in Kiev, Ukraine. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
Members of the nationalist group Sokil, the youth wing of the Svoboda party, stand in formation as they listen to instructions after a concert in Kiev, Ukraine. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
Members of the nationalist group Sokil, the youth wing of the Svoboda party, stand in formation as they listen to instructions after a concert in Kiev, Ukraine. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
Members of the C14 and 'Tradition and Order' conservative right wing organization, change their clothes after a martial arts training session in Kiev, Ukraine. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
Members of the C14 and 'Tradition and Order' conservative right wing organization, change their clothes after a martial arts training session in Kiev, Ukraine. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
Members of nationalist movements stand in formation during a rally marking Defender of Ukraine Day in Kiev, Ukraine. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
Members of nationalist movements stand in formation during a rally marking Defender of Ukraine Day in Kiev, Ukraine. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
Members of nationalist movements attend a rally marking Defender of Ukraine Day in Kiev, Ukraine. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
Members of nationalist movements attend a rally marking Defender of Ukraine Day in Kiev, Ukraine. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
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