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Yushchenko recognized OUN-UPA warriors as fighters for Ukraine’s independance

Posted by the Editor on January 29, 2010

News / 29 January 2010 | 14:00

Yushchenko recognized OUN-UPA warriors as fighters for Ukraine's independance

Yushchenko recognized OUN-UPA warriors as fighters for Ukraine’s independance

President of Ukraine Viktor Yushchenko has recognized warriors of Ukrainian nationalists OUN-UPA as fighters for Ukraine’s independance. He said during the ceremony on honoring Krut Heroes in Chernihiv region.

“Taking into account the results of scientific research and recognizing the prominent role of the  fighters for Ukraine’s independence in XX century in order to restore historical justice and true history of the Ukrainian liberation movement of XX century, I have signed the decree on honoring the fighters for Ukraine’s independence in XX century,” Yushchenko said.

According to him, the decree was signed on January 28.


2 Responses to “Yushchenko recognized OUN-UPA warriors as fighters for Ukraine’s independance”

  1. Wiesenthal said

    Yushchenko’s post election hero worship of NAZI collaborator under fire

    Wiesenthal slams Ukraine award to nationalist

    A prominent Jewish human rights organization has criticized the Ukrainian president’s decision to give a posthumous award to a nationalist leader it describes as a Nazi collaborator.

    The Simon Wiesenthal Center said in a statement Friday that Stepan Bandera and his followers were linked to the deaths of thousands of Jews in World War II’s early stages.

    President Viktor Yushchenko on Wednesday bestowed the Hero of Ukraine award to Stepan Bandera for his role in fighting for an independent Ukraine. Wednesday was Holocaust Remembrance Day.

    Mark Weitzman, the center’s government affairs director, says it was a travesty to grant the honor as the world paused “to remember the victims of the Holocaust on Jan. 27.”

    A Yushchenko spokesman declined comment.

  2. Anonymous said

    Yushchenko in his dying days as President of Ukraine, knowing that he had lost the election and would not serve a second term of office unilaterally awarded Stepan Bandera the official “status of Hero”. Bandera and the UPA were NAZI collaborators during the second world war and many in Ukraine believe he should have been tried as a war criminal not awarded Hero status. The Ukrainian Jewish community in particular are outraged by Yushchenko’s decision, and rightly so.

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