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Ukrainian anti-fascist football hooligans fighting Putin want to kill Russian pigs

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After years of scraping the streets of Ukraine, members of the Hoods Hoods clan have turned their attention to Vladimir Putin’s invasion and are heading to eastern Ukraine to take up arms

An anti-fascist group of Ukrainian football hooligans has banded together hoping to use their combat experience in the fight against Vladimir Putin’s invasion.

Hoods Hoods Klan, also known as the Arsenal Kyiv Hooligans due to their favorite team’s association with the London giants, were formed on the basis of their anti-racist beliefs.

Rather than inciting violence in the name of a far-right agenda, the die-hard fan group has distinguished itself by campaigning against racism and fascism, engaging with fellow supporters in violent clashes on the streets of Ukraine.

While rival hooligan firms from sites like Dynamo Kyiv were once their rivals, the group’s members told filmmaker Jake Hanrahan in his documentary Popular Front that they have now joined forces against a common enemy following the Russian invasion.

“We had a lot of experience with fights because there were a lot of fights,” said a member named Konstantin.

Another member – who worked on social media before the war – agreed, adding: “Times are so bad but we keep training and we want to go and kill some Russian pigs… We want to kick their ass.” .

“We have an RPG and we’re going to do a lot of fingers, legs, hands and other things ‘pow pow’.

“We have been in football hooliganism for more than ten years, fighting villains is nothing new for us, so I think it will be easy.

“Now our enemies are not other Ukrainians, not other footballers, but Russian pigs. We are a really strong group, we were strong in football hooliganism and now we will be a good war unit.”

Since launching the invasion of Russia’s neighboring country, Putin has tried to justify the so-called “special operation” by stressing that regions of Ukraine must be “denazified.”

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And as a group that has been proactive in opposing racism and fascism, some members of the Hoods Hoods Klan recognized the irony of the despot’s statement.

“It’s too funny to be true,” commented Anton. “Now everyone can see what the new swastika looks like, what the new Hitler looks like.”

This comes after fighting intensified in Ukraine’s eastern regions, with a former British soldier recently killed on the front lines in Severodonetsk.

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