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12:51 22.10.2015

The AZOV Regiment explained the meaning of the symbol on its chevron

The AZOV Regiment explained the meaning of the symbol on its chevron.

The leader of both organizations (the AZOV Regiment and the AZOV Civil Corps) Andriy Biletsky said that they were guided by the Ukrainian meaning of this symbol without any reference to German medieval heraldry and a fortiori without any reference to Nazi Germany.

It’s reported by the press- office of the AZOV Regiment.

“The central figure of AZOV’s emblem is the most popular symbol of Ukrainian military tradition. The so-called symbol “crook” was very popular among the Volyn aristocracy and Cossacks. According to the modern interpretation of Ukrainian patriots, it’s a monogram of two letters - “N” and “I”, which means our general concept – “The idea of Nation”. The letter “N” (in modern Ukrainian  spelling it looks like “Н”)is written in the old-styleUkrainian language. That's the way “N” had been written in the documents of Kievan Rus and  Cossack periods before the spelling reform of Peter I was adopted.

Regarding the analogy with a German symbol “Wolfsangel” which is ascribed to us sometimes. Firstly, it looks visually different. Secondly, we wereguided solely by Ukrainian meaning of this symbol without any reference to German medieval heraldry and a fortiori without any reference to Nazi Germany. “The idea of Nation” is only the Ukrainian and Cossack symbol for us. So do not pay attention to people who see some other meanings in it.

The step back in history:

 

““Wolfsangel” is one of the most interesting subrunic symbols. At first, it was a pagansymbol, which “helped against werewolves”. Afterwards, it became a heraldic symbolwhich meant the wolf trap.Nowadays Wolfsangel is present on the coats-of-armsof many towns like Erwitte, Dassendorf, Burhwedel, Wolfschtein. In XV century it became an emblem of a few peasant rebellions. Thanks to this fact its meaning changed to freedom and independence, and in the military heraldry – protection of an owner and repulsion of any attack,reports the press service of  AZOV.