Kyiv Post | 22Jan2010 | Interfax-Ukraine

Stepan Bandera becomes Ukrainian hero

Ukrainian President Victor Yushchenko has conferred the rank of a Ukrainian hero to Stepan Bandera, the leader of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN).

The head of state said this during ceremonies marking Ukrainian Unity Day in Kyiv on Friday, Jan. 22, 2010.

"I decree to confer the rank of a Hero of Ukraine to Stepan Bandera and present a state order to him," Yushchenko said.

He said that the high rank had been conferred to Bandera for his "defending national ideas and battling for an independent Ukrainian state."

Bandera's grandson, also named Stepan, received the award from the president, an Interfax-Ukraine reporter said.

[W.Z. The vitriolic comments of the pro-Russian, Jewish and Ukrainophobic elements is simply amazing. Despite the fact that, 11 days after Stepan Bandera declared the independence of Ukraine in Lviv on 30Jun1941, he was arrested by the Germans and spent the rest of the war in a concentration camp, these people claim that he was a mass murderer, anti-semite and everything else you could imagine.

To me, it is incomprehensible how, 19 years after Ukraine achieved its so-called independence in 1991, such views are still prevalent within Ukraine. What have Ukrainian patriots been doing during this time? It is obvious that the Ukrainian Diaspora and especially its academic community has badly failed Ukraine.]
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