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The Very Disturbing Symbols Found Emblazoned on the Helmets of Ukrainian Soldiers

"Volunteer battalions from nearly every political spectrum are reinforcing the government side."

Ukrainian soldiers stand near a frontline position on the outskirts of the strategic coastal city of Mariupol following an evening of heavy shelling by Russian backed separatists on September 07, 2014 in Mariupol, Ukraine. The outbreak of shelling in both Mariupol and the separatist controlled city of Donetsk is threatening a ceasefire struck less than two days earlier. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

German television aired images Monday night showing the helmets of Ukrainian soldiers emblazoned with Nazi insignia.

The video, shot last week and broadcasted on ZDF, shows a swastika on one soldier's helmet and an SS logo on another.

“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 the private television station, told NBC News.

According to NBC News, the report stated, "Volunteer battalions from nearly every political spectrum are reinforcing the government side."

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