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Getting To Know Stepan Bandera And What He Means For Ukraine’s Fight With Russia

by | 7th, March 2014

A partisan veteran from the Ukrainian Insurgent Army carries a portrait of Ukrainian Insurgent Army leader Stepan Bandera during a march in Kiev. Ukraine, Saturday, Oct. 15, 2005. The supporters of the Red Army veterans were rallying to protest against calls by Ukrainian partisans to receive official recognition as World War II veterans. The partisans from the Ukrainian Insurgent Army fought against both Nazis and Red Army soldiers during World War II in a bid to create an independent Ukraine. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

 

ARE you familiar with the name Stepan Bandera?

He was the Ukrainian Insurgent Army leader Stepan Bandera who fought against both Nazis and Red Army soldiers during World War II in a bid to create an independent Ukraine. On October 15, 1959, he died. He’d been poisoned on a Munich street by the KGB.

He’s back in the news. The ousted Ukrainian President, Viktor Yanukovych, has slammed the “Banderite thugs” who forced him to flee. The country’s far-right Svoboda party heaps praise upon Bandera and his Organisation for Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN). The Russian view Bandera and his followers as fascists, keepers of the Nazi ideals the Soviets fought to defeat.

History is alive in the Ukraine.

Here’s a line to  ponder :

“Jewish oligarchs and Jewish-Bolsheviks control Ukraine. [We must do more to halt the] criminal activities of organised Jewry.”

Those are the words of Oleh Tyahnybok (pictured below), who has just been brought to power in Ukraine by the West. His  ultra-nationalist Svoboda party talks of “Muscovite-Jewish mafia” .

The nationalist Svoboda (Freedom) party has four posts in the new Ukrainian government. Oleksandr Sych is deputy prime minister and Oleh Makhnitsky becomes acting chief prosecutor. It also runs the agriculture and ecology portfolios but its leader, who has been accused of anti-Semitism, is not in the government.

 

 

 

 

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The party’s support have been filmed calling for action against the “Zhis” (kikes).

He is part of the undemocratic regime now in charge of the Ukraine. We’ve seen similar event already elsewhere in the world thanks to the EU and US.

 

Supporters of Red Army veterans and supporters of Ukrainian partisans clash during a rally in downtown Kiev, Ukraine, Saturday, Oct. 15, 2005. The supporters of the Red Army veterans were rallying to protest against calls by Ukrainian partisans to receive official recognition as World War II veterans. The partisans from the Ukrainian Insurgent Army fought against both Nazis and Red Army soldiers during World War II in a bid to create an independent Ukraine.

 

So. Bandera? William Risch has some background :

Bandera is a polarizing figure in Ukraine.  For Ukrainians from central, eastern, and southern Ukraine, he represents collaboration with the Nazis during World War II and the mass murder of Soviet civilians.  Bandera’s OUN fraction had collaborated with Nazi Germany before World War II, and on June 30, 1941, it tried to set up an independent Ukrainian state under Nazi protection in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv.  Bandera’s subsequent arrest and imprisonment in the Saxenhausen concentration camp did little to dispel this image of Bandera and the “Banderites.”  The Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA), organized by Bandera’s followers, was responsible for killing 40,000 – 60,000 Poles in the Volhynia Region in 1943.  Early UPA recruits included former members of police battalions involved in the mass killing of the region’s Jews.

 

Part of the Babi Yar ravine on the outskirts of Kiev, Ukraine where the advancing Red Army unearthed the bodies of 14,000 civilians killed by fleeing Nazis, 1944.

 

Olga Rozhchenko, 82, shows a recent photo of a herself with Jewish woman, Manya Palti, right, who Rozhchenko saved during the Nazi occupation of Ukraine, Kiev, Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2006, with a monument commemorating children killed by Nazi in Baby Yar ravine. For 48 hours Sept. 29, 1941, the Nazis gunned down at least 33,771 Jews. Ukraine is preparing to mark the 65th anniversary of the Babi Yar massacre _ which Jewish leaders call a grim foreshadow of the Nazi's "final solution" which killed six million European Jews (AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov)

 

 

Prvada adds:

The nationalist organization under the leadership of Stepan Bandera actively cooperated with Hitler’s troops during the war, fighting against Jews, Russians and Poles. The Soviet Army eliminated Bandera’s army only in the late 1950s. “Svoboda” (“Freedom”) was founded after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Its leaders were included on the top ten list of most active anti-Semites of the world and called on to fight with “goat-likes [Russians] and kikes.”

Boris Danik has more in the Kyiv Post:

For someone decidedly critical of right-wing politics in Ukraine as well as in the USA to defend the memory of Bandera is indeed a matter of fairness and not ideological inclination. It is for me. Bandera is someone who spent most of

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