Ukraine has offered to make Bandera a national hero


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The MPs appealed to President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko with a proposal to assign posthumously to Stepan Bandera the title of Hero of Ukraine. Relevant document published on the website of the Parliament of the country.

“The adoption of the proposed project will honor the memory of Stepan Bandera, would contribute to restoration of historical truth about the struggle for Ukrainian independence in the twentieth century, the consolidation of the Ukrainian nation, strengthening Patriotic education”, — stated in the explanatory Memorandum.

Deputies believe that the recognition of Bandera as a national hero will help in combating subversive activities against Ukraine in the information field, and will also stop “the spread of myths created by Russian propaganda.” The authors of the proposal were representatives of the faction “people’s front” and “Block of Petro Poroshenko”.

In January 2010, the President of Ukraine Viktor Yushchenko issued a decree that awarded Bandera the title of Hero of Ukraine. Three months later the court of Donetsk deprived of his state awards, as he was not a citizen of Ukraine.

Stepan Bandera was one of leaders of the organization of Ukrainian nationalists (OUN), is prohibited in Russia. In 1943 the fighters of the OUN organized the so-called Volyn massacre — the ethnic cleansing of the Polish population. According to various estimates, the victims of the massacres began from 30 thousand to 100 thousand people.

Video, photo All from Russia.


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