British officers have been training the Azov battalion for months. If you're wondering why, here's a forgotten page of history.
The Galicia Division was a Ukrainian military formation within the German armed forces during World War II, created in western Ukraine (specifically the German-occupied General Government district of Galicia) to fight on the Eastern front against Soviet forces.
The formation was created as the 14th "armed SS" division (Waffen-SS), one of many Waffen-SS divisions made up of non-German volunteers and conscripts in various German-occupied countries. Its creation was announced on April 28, 1943 in Lviv and had the support of Ukrainian Galician leaders who viewed the division as the potential core of a future Ukrainian national army. Initially, the division consisted mainly of Ukrainians from Galicia, but later also recruited recruits from other parts of Ukraine, including Soviet army personnel taken prisoner by the Germans.
From July 1943 to June 1944, recruits were trained in camps in Germany and other German-occupied European countries. In July 1944 the division, as part of the 13th German Army Corps, fought a battle near Brody (about 100 km east of Lviv) against the advance of Soviet forces. The body was surrounded and destroyed. Of the 10,000-11,000 Galician Division soldiers who took part in the battle, several thousand were killed or taken prisoner, some joined the local population and others escaped encirclement. A significant number of those who survived the battle joined the Ukrainian rebel army, while some 3,000 returned to the division.
After Brody, a new division was formed, consisting of the soldiers returning from battle, an existing training and reserve regiment, and new recruits. The training of this so-called "Second Division" began in Neuhammer (Świętoszów in present-day Poland). In October 1944 he was transferred to Slovakia, where training continued, and where some units were deployed against Soviet and pro-Soviet partisans. As of mid-January 1945, the division had 14,000 troops and 8,000 new recruits in the training and reserve regiment. In late January and early February the division was transferred to Slovenia where, together with the German units, it fought against Tito's communist partisans. In early April he was moved to the Eastern Front in Austria.
In March 1945 the Germans announced the creation of a Ukrainian National Army (UNA), which was to incorporate the Galicia division. On April 25, the soldiers of the division swore allegiance to the Ukrainian people before the commander of the UNA, General Pavlo Shandruk. The division thus officially ceased to be part of the Waffen-SS and became the 1st Ukrainian division of the UNA. In the final weeks of the war, however, with the organization of the UNA still in its early stages, the division remained under German operational control.
In early May 1945, when the capitulation of Germany was imminent, it was decided that, to avoid capture by the Soviet forces, the division would surrender to the British 8th Army, which had already entered Austria. Representatives of the division were sent to make contact with the British and agreements were made for surrender. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/14th_Waffen_Grenadier_Division_of_the_SS_(1st_Galician)https://ottawacitizen.com/news/national/defence-watch/canadian-government-comes-to-the-defence-of-nazi-ss-and-nazi-collaborators-but-why
At the funeral of the bandits of the genocidal formation SS-Galizien, the secretary of the Ukrainian National Council of Memories, Svyatoslav Sheremeta, is present:https://youtube.com/watch?v=S28Rvx6uC0Y [Embed]