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MPs in Western Ukrainian Lvov demand Poroshenko reinstate Nazi collaborators as national heroes

Published time: July 10, 2014 19:02
Edited time: July 10, 2014 19:53
Reuters / Gleb Garanich

Reuters / Gleb Garanich

The city council of Lvov in western Ukraine has urged the Nazi collaborators and nationalist icons, Stepan Bandera and Roman Shukhevich, be reinstated as heroes of Ukraine.

“We demand the president of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, reissue a decree awarding Stepan Bandera and Roman Shukhevich the title of heroes of Ukraine,” says an address by Lvov’s city council, as cited by Ukraine's UNIAN news agency.

According to the MPs behind the claim, the move would confirm Poroshenko as “an independent president of the Ukrainian state, for which the head of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN), Stepan Bandera, and commander of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA), Roman Shukhevich, fought and gave their lives.”

Neo-Nazis march in Lvov 'in honor' of Ukrainian Waffen SS division

Bandera and Shukhevich were awarded the title of heroes of Ukraine in 2007 and 2010 respectively, under President Viktor Yushchenko, who came to power in 2005 after the Orange Revolution.

But the Nazi collaborators were deprived of the honors as soon as Viktor Yanukovych, who was mainly supported in the eastern regions of the country, came to power.

Ukrainian ultra-nationalists they march in the center of the western city of Lvov on April 27, 2014 to mark the 71st anniversary of 14th SS-Volunteer Division "Galician" foundation. (AFP Photo / Yuriy Dyachyshyn)
In April 2010, Donetsk District Administrative Court declared Yushchenko’s decrees to award Bandera and Shukhevich the titles of heroes of Ukraine illegal.

There were several appeals to higher judiciaries against the Donetsk court ruling, but they were all turned down.

Bandera’s Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN) nationalist movement collaborated with Nazi Germany during World War II and was involved in the ethnic cleansing of Poles, Jews, and Russians.

The Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA), which Shukhevich headed, was OUN’s military wing.

In the summer of 1941, Bandera called on “the people of Ukraine to help the German army to defeat Moscow and Bolshevism.”

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However, Bandera and Hitler failed to reach an agreement as Nazi Germany refused to support the idea of an independent Ukrainian state.

Activists of the Svoboda (Freedom) Ukrainian nationalist party hold torches as they take part in a rally to mark the 105th year since the birth of Stepan Bandera, one of the founders of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN), in Kiev January 1, 2014.(Reuters / Maxim Zmeyev)

Comments (75)


Dirk Smith 15.07.2014 01:24

Actually it's spelled Lviv. Don't forget that.


Remi van Dongen 12.07.2014 19:23

That is also a way to organize a protest, let some sexy ladies walk in the front and behind them will be a whole bunch of losers. Look at that picture. hahaha


Matt Whitinger 12.07.2014 16:06

I'm American, and don't at all know what "MP" means in the context of this articles headline! And I don't know what to do to find out. I guess I get the point though: Nazis ARE crazy bad. And as close to a smoking gun in the Ukrainian Crisis as we're likely to find. I sure do hope that clears up for all concerned over there soon, and worldwide!!

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