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Western Information Agency: Yushchenko says Yanukovych has no legal muscle to cancel my Hero of Ukraine award to Bandera

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March 24, 2010, 3:29 p.m. |

Yushchenko: Yanukovych has no legal muscle to cancel my Hero of Ukraine award to Bandera

Speaking March 23 to the 5-th Kanal TV, former Pres Yushchenko said Pres Yanukovych has no legal power to cancel the awards given by past presidents. It is beyond Yanukovych’s legal powers to cancel my awards, like it was beyond my powers to cancel the awards given by all former presidents,” Yushchenko declared, saying the past awards are within the responsibility of the past presidents.“If Yanukovych cancels the awards] he will set a very dangerous precedent. What if a Communist president is elected after Yanukovych? He may cancel all decrees passed after the act on Ukraine’s independence in 1991,” Yushchenko argued. Click here to read more.
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Anonymous March 24, 2010, 4:09 p.m.    

When will politicials leave Bandera alone? It's all over everything now! "Bandera is a Hero, Bandera is a Nazi, Bandera is this, Bandera that" He is dead, for crying out loud. He doesn't care! And we didn't pay attention either and minded our own business for decades! Can we come back to this issue later, when Ukraine has decent courts, advanced medical care, professional government, decent salaries for every worker, high-quality education etc etc. There is so much work to be done at this very moment, effecting the living to a much higher degree than having or not having Bandera as a hero

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Anonymous March 25, 2010, 6:08 a.m.    

There is a huge, vicious battle going on between those who want a free and independent Ukraine, and sovok relics who adamantly refuse to accept Ukraine's freedom and independence. And one of the battlefronts centers around Stepan Bandera - who was the victim of an enormously huge propaganda campaign by the Kremlin, and who was ultimately assassinated by a sovok agent.

Here is a timeline::

1939 – OUN veteran Col. Andriy Melnyk becomes head of the OUN

1939 – Nazi Germany invades Poland; Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union sign the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact and the Treaty of Friendship and Borders, dividing Europe into spheres of influence; this brings about the first Soviet reign of terror in western Ukraine, where as many as 500,000 Ukrainians are killed or deported by June 1941

1941 – Stepan Bandera is elected head of the OUN (revolutionary) or OUN(r) at the organization’s Second Congress

1941 – Nazi Germany attacks the Soviet Union; OUN(r) declares the renewal of Ukraine’s independence in Lviv, and forms a provisional government

1941 – Germany demands that the OUN(r) rescind its proclamation of Ukraine’s independence; Bandera refuses and is arrested by the Gestapo on July 5 and taken to Berlin; members of the provisional government and OUN(r)’s leadership are arrested, shot or sent to concentration camps

1941 – Before the outbreak of the German-Soviet war, members of Stepan Bandera’s family are arrested by the Soviets

1941 – Rev. Andriy Bandera is arrested, questioned, sentenced to death by a Soviet military tribunal, and executed in Kyiv on July 10

1941 – Stepan Bandera’s sisters Marta, an OUN member, and Oksana are arrested and imprisoned in the Soviet GULAG for refusing to denounce their brother and for refusing to cooperate with the Soviets (Marta dies in Russia in 1982; Oksana returns to Ukraine only in 1989, after 48 years of hard labor in exile)

1941 – German Einsatzkommando C/5 issues a secret directive to execute members of the Bandera movement for “preparing an uprising in the Reichskommissariat, with the ultimate aim of establishing an independent Ukraine”

1942 – Stepan Bandera is imprisoned in the Sachsenhausen concentration camp near Berlin

1942 – Stepan Bandera’s brothers Oleksandr (tattoo No. 51427) and Vasyl (tattoo No. 49271) are killed in Auschwitz in July by Polish guards serving the Nazis

1942 – Stepan Bandera’s brother-in-law Lev Oparivskyi, an OUN member, is shot by the Gestapo

1943 – Third OUN(r) Congress in Ukraine affirms the OUN(r)’s and the Ukrainian Insurgent Army’s struggle against both the Nazis and the Soviets

1944 – Stepan Bandera’s mother-in-law Yulia Oparivska, a teacher, is tortured and murdered by members of the Polish Home Army (Armia Krajowa)

1944 – Stepan Bandera’s brother Bohdan, an OUN member, goes missing in action; his fate remains unknown

1944 – After 33 months, Stepan Bandera is released from the Sachsenhausen concentration camp and taken to Berlin, where he escapes custody before the end of the war; OUN(r)’s leadership in Ukraine orders him to remain in the West and to seek support for Ukraine’s struggle for freedom; Stepan Bandera and his family take residence in Munich, Germany

1945 – End of WWII, but not the end of the struggle for Ukraine; war continues to rage in western Ukraine between the Soviets and the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA), well into the 1950s

1946 – Andriy Bandera, son of Stepan Bandera, is born in Munich

1946 – Stepan Bandera’s sister Volodymyra and her husband Rev. Volodymyr Davydiuk are arrested and sentenced to 10 years imprisonment in the Soviet GULAG; her husband perishes in a concentration camp; Volodymyra returns to Ukraine in 1956

1947 – Soviet agent arrives in Munich to assassinate Stepan Bandera; the OUN(r)’s security service foils his attempt

1947 –Ethnic cleansing of Ukrainians, through Operation Visla, is organized in

Ukrainian lands that become part of communist Poland after WWII

1948 –OUN(r)’s security service foils a second assassination attempt on

Stepan Bandera by the Soviets

1950 – Third assassination attempt on Stepan Bandera is thwarted

1952 – Two Soviet agents are dispatched to Munich to kill Stepan Bandera in a fourth assassination attempt

1952 – Stepan Bandera resigns from the OUN(r) leadership to avoid a split in the organization

1953 – Fifth assassination attempt on Stepan Bandera is thwarted

1953 – Stalin dies; Khrushchev comes to power denouncing Stalin’s cult of personality, ostensibly initiating a “thaw”

1955 – Stepan Bandera is re-elected head of the OUN(r); he consents to the post with the words “I accept this death sentence”

1957 – Lesia Bandera, daughter of Stepan Bandera, is born in Regensburg, Germany

1959 – Soviet agent attempts to kidnap Stepan Bandera’s 13-year old son Andriy

1959 – Stepan Bandera is assassinated in Munich by KGB agent Bohdan Stashynsky, and is buried there; the cause of death remains a mystery at the time

1961 – Bohdan Stashynsky flees from East to West Berlin; he reveals details of Stepan Bandera’s murder and the similar poisoning of Ukrainian nationalist leader Lev Rebet in 1957; Stepan Bandera’s assassination is ordered by the highest leadership of the Soviet Union

1978 – The first volume of Stepan Bandera’s writings is published in Munich

1992 – Stepan Bandera’s father, Rev. Andriy Bandera, is posthumously rehabilitated by the authorities of a newly-independent Ukraine

2009 – Ukrainian Catholic Church Beatification and Canonization Center announces the

completion of the collection of evidentiary documentation for the proposed

process of canonization of Rev. Andriy Bandera

2010 – President Viktor Yushchenko posthumously awards Stepan Bandera with the

“Hero of Ukraine” title

Dateline is based on documentary material compiled by Bandera specialist and historian Mykola Posivnych, Ph. D. (Lviv, Ukraine)

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Anonymous March 24, 2010, 5:14 p.m.    

Yushchenko himself had repealed decrees made by previous Presidents. How is it he now tries to claim that the new P{resident can not do the same? Yanukovych is right in seeking to revoke Yushchenko's ill considered decree. Convention has it that a caretaker president does not make decrees without the support of all major political forces and candidates. Yushchenko acted in isolation in declaring the Hero of Ukraine award knowing full well that he had lost the first round of voting in the Presidential election.

This declaration has brought Ukraine into international disrepute and should be revoked. A decision to award a total should be undertaken on the basis of considered merit and not political favoritism.

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Anonymous March 24, 2010, 6:40 p.m.    

it looks to me like all this cr*p was planed and created on purpose by Yushenko+Yanukovich just to keep pubilc busy while they both steal and ruin what's left from the country.

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Anonymous March 24, 2010, 6:42 p.m.    

and non of them realy cares was Bandera hero or nazi.

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