The Rhetoric of ‘Denazification’ of Ukraine from the Perspective of the Law of Occupation

Author: Marco Longobardo
Published: 26.04.2022
From the onset of the illegal (see, e.g., Milanovic, Wilmshurst, Spagnolo, Roscini, Green/Henderson/Ruys) invasion of Ukraine in February 2022 by Russia, Russian officials, and in particular, President Vladimir Putin, have employed the word ‘denazification’ as one of the aims of the invasion (or ‘special military operation’, in the Orwellian language employed by the Kremlin). According to Vladimir Putin’s speech, unusually enclosed in the Article 51 communication to the UN Security Council, ‘we will seek the demilitarization and de-Nazification of Ukraine’ (UN Doc S/2022/154). At the time in which this post is written, there is no evidence of any Nazi or…