High court upholds decree recognizing UPA partisans as World War II combatants

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Feb. 07, 2013 13:11
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Supporters of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army known by the Ukrainian acronym UPA, mark the 70th anniversary of the partisan group's founding in Kyiv on Oct. 14, 2012.
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The High Administrative Court of Ukraine on Jan. 16 upheld former President Viktor Yushchenko’s decree that recognized veterans of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army – a partisan group that fought both the Nazis and Red Army units during World War II – as war combatants.  The members are known by UPA, the Ukrainian acronym of the group.

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