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Bandera’s supporters ready for new battle

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March 11, 2010, 11:51 p.m. | Ukraine — by Natalia A. Feduschak

Ukrainian nationalists hold flags during a celebration honoring Stepan Bandera as Hero of Ukraine in his native village in Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast on Jan. 29.
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Natalia A. Feduschak

Should President Viktor Yanukovych try to void the award, he might face street protests. LVIV, Ukraine – Thousands of people from around the globe have signed a petition protesting a recent resolution by the European Parliament asking President Viktor Yanukovych to reconsider the Hero of Ukraine award that was posthumously bestowed on Stepan Bandera.

During the World War II era, the nationalist freedom fighter led the difficult struggle for Ukrainian independence. Assassinated in 1959 by a KGB agent while living in exile, Bandera headed one branch of Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN) and backed its military wing, the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA), which fought against Poles, Soviets and Nazis.

While there is no archival evidence to date that Bandera himself took part in pogroms against Jews, a brief alliance with the Nazis against the Red Army fueled Soviet propaganda which tainted him as a Nazi collaborator, and sparked widespread criticism of his movement by Jews. Supporters of Bandera see him as a hero, and are criticizing the European Parliament for siding with what they describe as a deliberate and anti-Ukrainian smear campaign.

“The opinion expressed by the European Parliament about Stepan Bandera is an insult to millions of Ukrainians who were killed or otherwise repressed for their commitment to freedom and independence,” reads the petition, which was initiated last week by the Ukrainian Informational Service, a Kyiv-based group aligned with the OUN. “When the European Parliament issues such statements, the very idea of European integration is discredited among its supporters in Ukraine who, as patriots, consider Stepan Bandera to truly be a national hero.”

Andriy Levus, who heads the service, said when the petition reaches 5,000 signatories, it will be presented to representatives of the European Parliament in Kyiv. The appeal has gained roughly 1,000 signatures a day since it was posted over the weekend and can be found on www.petition.org.ua/?action=view&id=251148.

Most of the signatures come from western Ukraine, which has remained the stronghold of Ukrainian nationalist and independence movements for centuries. The main goal behind the appeal is to return to the country historical truths, Levus said. “We still live with the stereotypes of Soviet propaganda, which is now Russian propaganda. The petition demonstrates that Ukrainians are not indifferent to their history,” he added.

On Feb. 25, as part of a resolution supporting Ukraine’s European integration, Europe’s parliament also called on Yanukovych to rethink the Bandera award, which was granted by ex-president Victor Yushchenko on Jan. 22. The Europeans alleged that Bandera, who headed OUN, was a Nazi collaborator.

Yanukovych appeared willing to comply when, during an official visit to Moscow on March 5, he told journalists the award would be revoked by May 9. Known as Victory Day, many former Soviet republics still annually commemorate the Soviet Union’s victory over Nazi Germany on that day. He also promised to annul a similar award that in 2007 was granted to Roman Shukhevych, who headed the guerilla Ukrainian Insurgent Army.

“As to Yushchenko’s decrees, they have caused great resonance. Of course, these decrees aren’t accepted in Europe or in Ukraine,” Yanukovych said, adding it was “not by accident” that the European Parliament turned to the new Ukrainian leadership to void the Bandera award.

“There is a legal and political process – and Ukraine is going through it. And this decision will be made by Victory Day,” Yanukovych said.

Yanukovych’s comments sparked immediate outrage at home. Throughout the week, prominent politicians have criticized the president while national-democratic forces threatened to take to the streets if Yanukovych annuls the awards.

Yushchenko said his successor’s comments were a sell-out of Ukraine’s national interests and “notwithstanding all the efforts of Soviet propaganda” both Bandera and Shukhevych remain heroes for “millions of Ukrainian citizens.”

“They were leaders of the armed struggles for independence that unfolded during the Second World War,” the former president said in an on-line statement posted immediately following the Moscow press conference. “Their protracted resistance to Hitler’s and Stalin’s regimes rested on widespread national support in many regions of Ukraine.”

Borys Tarasiuk, who heads Ukraine’s Narodny Rukh party, said in an open letter that the Bandera award was an internal matter and warned the resolution gave Yanukovych political ammunition that would not work in the country’s best interests.

“The European Parliament, unfortunately, was led by biased information, which, after all, caused the given misunderstanding,” he wrote in the letter, which was addressed to parliament president Jerzy Buzek and posted on the Ukrainska Pravda website on March 9. “Furthermore, the newly-elected president Victor Yanukovych, who is far from the ideals and principles of European democracy, now can ‘cover’ himself with the parliament’s decision in order to justify his anti-Ukrainian steps and rescind the presidential decree regarding Bandera.”

Levus said Europe’s parliament merely bowed to pressure from Russia when it called on Yanukovych to void the award. Few lawmakers in Brussels know Bandera’s true biography, he said.

“This is all provoked by the Russian lobby,” said Levus. “Yanukovych’s steps show he’s not ready to be president of all of Ukraine.”

Should Yanukovych try to void the awards, he might face street protests.

“Here he will have a national opposition…and it won’t be just from western Ukraine,” Levus said. “People will go out to defend their national sovereignty. In 2004, this was a political battle. People go out for language, historical truths, and their independence. This time, it will be for the independence of Ukraine and the nation.”


Natalia A. Feduschak is the Kyiv Post’s correspondent in western Ukraine. She can be reached at nfeduschak@hotmail.com.
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Anonymous March 11, 2010, 11:55 p.m.    

The desperate diaspora from Lviv who now reside in America should give up the ghost and concentrate on things more important---like taking care of their own people/

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Anonymous March 12, 2010, 12:04 a.m.    

^^^^^ +1

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Anonymous March 12, 2010, 4:17 a.m.    

You ought to be ashamed of yourself - you will always be less Ukrainian than those &quot;desparae dispora&quot;.

Take time to learn your country's history and of those brave men and women who fought hard and died ,for your freedom -

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Anonymous March 12, 2010, 1:50 a.m.    

The diaspora has always taken care of its people.. It's the kremlin puppets who've been running the country from Moscow that have failed in that regard.

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Anonymous March 12, 2010, 5:30 a.m.    

They are taking care of their own. What happened with yours, that are trying to escape Russia in droves. I know illegal Russians residing in my state as we speak. I wonder why they don't want to go back to Putinland? Tell us Mr know-it-all.

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Anonymous March 12, 2010, 3:28 a.m.    

he will be stripped of the award. Tough luck

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Anonymous March 12, 2010, 9:41 a.m.    

I dont think Yanukovych has the guts to do it. otherwise he will face a barrage of eggs. We know what happened last time he was hit by an egg.

xa xa xa xa xa xa xa !

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Anonymous March 12, 2010, 11:12 p.m.    

Yanukovych has balls and he will leave Bandera a hero. He will prove all the people wrong, like he did with the Ukrainian language being the national language.

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Anonymous March 12, 2010, 3:50 a.m.    

In those green macintoshes they'll win anyone!

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Anonymous March 12, 2010, 4:12 a.m.    

4 men trying to stand still

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Anonymous March 12, 2010, 5:14 a.m.    

Despite the smear campaign by Ukraine's enemies, foreign and domestic, Bandera, as Ms. Fedushchak writes, was, is and will remain a national Ukrainian hero. In fact all of this hate publicity is actually making him an even more known hero to millions of people around the world who had never heard of him before. He is a true example of a REAL Freedom Fighter, hated by the evil and loved by those uphold truth, freedom and liberty. He fought against the two greatest evils of the 20th century, German Nazism and Russian Communism, and he layed down his life in that great fight. And in the end he did win as both of those two evils have now been defeated. Some of the comments here show that the fight against evil is a never ending one in the cause of liberty and freedom.

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Anonymous March 12, 2010, 5:03 p.m.    

Well said.

These mallorossy who regurgitate soviet propaganda and lies about Bandera are a pathetic lot and enemies of Ukraine. They are so filled with visceral hatred that the truth about Bandera, his heroic struggle, sacrifices, the complete destruction of his family, does not register. Like mindless zombies, they repeat &quot;nazi collaborator, nazi collaborator, nazi collaborator....&quot;

Hopefully this whole reabilitiation effort and its subsequent blowback will finally result in svidomi (aware) Ukrainians to grow a spine and put the disgusting malorossy in their place.

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Anonymous March 13, 2010, 9:02 p.m.    

He was the political head of a third evil: the ucrainian ultranationalism and chauvinism!

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Anonymous March 12, 2010, 5:39 a.m.    

What Ukrainian heroes are there from eastern Ukraine ?

Any Ukrainian freedom fighters from eastern Ukraine ?

I can't think of any !

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Anonymous March 12, 2010, 9:39 a.m.    

Any Ukrainian heroes at all ?

I mean heroes, not criminals.

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Anonymous March 13, 2010, 3:11 a.m.    

Vyacheslav Chonovil

Levko Lukianenko

Taras Shevchenko

Mykola Mikhnovsky

Dmytro Dontsov

Serhiy Yefremov

Mykola Pavlushkov

Ivan Mazepa

Symon Petlura

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Anonymous March 13, 2010, 8:30 a.m.    

And which enemy did they fight ?

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Anonymous March 14, 2010, 4:15 a.m.    

Whoever posted the list - don't dignify people like that with an answer.

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Anonymous March 12, 2010, 6:47 a.m.    

Bandera was an anti-semite Nazi is not any kind of smear campaign. It is a historical fact. A person like that cannot be called a 'hero'. They can choose to call him whatever they want in Canada or his own little village, but he certainly does not represent the spirit of Ukraine.

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Anonymous March 12, 2010, 7:02 a.m.    

If he was such an anti-semite, why did Jews join UPA in all the ranks?

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Anonymous March 12, 2010, 9:38 a.m.    

LOL !!!

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Anonymous March 12, 2010, 7:19 a.m.    

LOL!!!!!!

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Anonymous March 12, 2010, 9:37 a.m.    

like jews are in OUN-Unso today

Your religion or better ex-religion has nothing to do with nationalism

Many German jews were German nationalsists in the early beginning of Hitler

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Anonymous March 12, 2010, 5:43 p.m.    

Maimai, go check yourself with shrink. Or do you say that Jews joined Gestapo in all ranks as well?

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Anonymous March 20, 2010, 6:51 p.m.    

Sorry dude

Bandera certainly does represent the spirit of Ukraine, he maybe gone but his ideas and movement is still alive and well thank you

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Anonymous March 12, 2010, 7:57 a.m.    

Stepan Bandera praised by anti-Nazi chancellor of Austria &amp; French Jewish prime minister

Why is the praise of Kurt Schuschnigg, the 1934-1938 anti-Nazi chancellor of Austria, and of the French Jewish prime minister (1936-1937, 1938, 1946-1947) [Leon Blum]for their colleague of imprisonment in German custody at Sachsenhausen, Stepan Bandera, at Sachsenhausen never mentioned by Ukrainian diasporic sources in North America? Could it be because that would require the reading of memoirs in German and French (i.e., work, effort, etc.)?

The research effort on behalf of the honoring of Bandera and of arguing against his critics (who are more hard-working and meticulous than his fans) by the Ukrainian state (a worthy task) does deserve a C-; even Bush Jr. was getting &quot;regular C's&quot; at Yale. Being right does not make one persuasive in front of an uninformed audience. It's time to hit the books, isn't it?

Ionas Aurelian Rus

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Anonymous March 12, 2010, 9:34 a.m.    

nonsense, vicious nonsense

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Anonymous March 12, 2010, 10:17 a.m.    

People keep losing sight of the main point.

Bandera is an issue between Ukraine and Poland. Nobody else is really involved. The two countries need to work out an acceptable bilateral solution on reconciliation. Anything coming from Russia on Bandera is nothing more than background noise. Russia's position has no relevance here.

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Anonymous March 12, 2010, 10:29 a.m.    

Bandera is positioned like a fighter against Soviet Russia or simply Russia, first of all.

So Russia must defend herself from outsiders.

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Anonymous March 12, 2010, 10:55 a.m.    

The enemy of my enemy is my friend. Bandera sided with Nazi Germany against the Soviets to free Ukraine, then changed his mind.

Bandera and his brothers were put in concentration camps and 2 were killed by Nazis. How can anyone make an argument that they were pro-Nazi is beyond reason.

Bandera and his father were executed by the Soviets, so he was not pro-Russian.

The only argument to be made is whether Bandera was anti-Jew. Without a doubt he was pro-Ukraine. People need to realize times change.

200 years ago it was common to oppress Africans and still be pro-democracy, not today. Should George Washington, a slave owner, be removed from U.S. public life because of his stance on Africans, despite his pro-democracy stance?

100 years ago it was common to oppress women and still be pro-democracy, not today.

50 years ago, it was common in Ukraine to be anti-semetic and be pro-Ukraine. Even 25 years ago that was the case, with Jews being able to emigrate from the U.S.S.R. because of religious prosecution.

GET OVER IT. Bandera stood up as pro-Ukraine and fought while others fled to the West or kept silent.

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Anonymous March 12, 2010, 11:13 a.m.    

Bandera fled to the west and was silent until they found him and punished him.

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Anonymous March 12, 2010, 2:43 p.m.    

Yeah, he ended up in Germany after fighting for years and having the rest of his family executed or sent to Siberia. He didn't avoid the fight to save his life. He left AFTER losing the fight to save his life, and was still assassinated in his silence because he was a threat to the KGB.

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Anonymous March 13, 2010, 5:21 a.m.    

if the issue was important, they could have managed more than 4 teen agers to stand next to a stature for a 30 second propaganda picture..

lousy campaign by the west to stu=ir up some unti russian sentiment in Ukraine...

its sick and dull,

what is next,,, orange revolution, crimea, bandera,,, what will america invent to divide opress and turn ukraine against russia,,,,

famines 60 years ago, famines 5 million years ago by russian prehistoric creatures against ukrainian prehistoric creatures on another planet,,,

any insane idea will do, as long as it will call the slavik people to hate and kill each other,,,,,,

this is their intent, and they call it democracy,,,

to conquer a people through lies deceptions and falsifications..

banderra,,,, national idetity,,, the guy who kicked the russians out, now,,, let us follow him and kick the russians out,,, and europe plays a hypocrite,, oh they do not like it,,,,,,,( Really???)

europe just ignited the fire with banderra,,,

who cares, Canada had dumped 1 million tons of wheat to the oceans in 1998 when people in Ukraine were starving to death.

We had asked them to give wheat to Ukraine at world's price of $150 a ton, but they refused,,, today they want to appear as friends,,,,

and they bring banderra,,, just to torture ukraine a bit more...

now they can not starve them, so they want to hurt them inside their hearts to cause them to hurt each other and themselves....

banderra issue....

the west manufactured it to create emnity between ukraine and russia

they had lost their political power, now they want to defeat ukraine with the banderra story re written by hollywood,,, the sewer of american intellect run by the us government

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Anonymous March 13, 2010, 8:03 a.m.    

Your cheap anti Ukrainian ranting just underscores how afraid Russia is of a free and democratic Ukraine.

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Anonymous March 13, 2010, 11:48 a.m.    

yaaaaaaaaaaaawn

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Anonymous March 13, 2010, 10:11 p.m.    

Go back to your cave. It is still winter.

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Anonymous March 13, 2010, 12:10 p.m.    

How on earth can Ukraine be so ignorant to think that someone, who is a war criminal, could be a national hero? It is unjust and also very very stupid. No foreign country would accept that, and it would be a strong barrier against integration of Ukraine in e.g. the EU.

When will nationalists ever learn?

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Anonymous March 13, 2010, 8:26 p.m.    

A war criminal? He fought Nazis and the NKVD, the two biggest war criminal groups of all time, and you want to call HIM a war criminal? Insanity

Bandera was supported by the CIA and MI6 back then, and the west should continue to support him today

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Anonymous March 13, 2010, 9:24 p.m.    

the west does, they had brought this up to stir anti russian sentiment,

the rest is hypocracy,,, as if u did not know

yusenko was dictated by america, all his actions were ordered by usa agents surrounding yusenka,,,

banderra,,, the final velvet revolution by america, like the soft drug war on russia,,,

sorry,, its the truth,,,

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Anonymous March 13, 2010, 7:38 p.m.    

It is exactly what I said:one cannot impose to the others &quot;his&quot; truth,when ALL the others know how the things have been!Bandera was a murderer and a ethnic cleanser!The &quot;banderistas&quot; have the same stubborn and unilateral attitude as the ultranationalist serbs in Bosnia! Their &quot;war heroes&quot; are,for the rest of the world,war criminals!But no,they are blended!They are the single owners of the truth!Their &quot;truth&quot;! This radicalism will trigger an equal reaction from the other side! They cannot win this game!Europeans are not willing to accept in their rows people who worship war criminals!Well,if you want to be forever at the peripheria,go ahead,guys!

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Anonymous March 13, 2010, 8:16 p.m.    

Hey commie, you got your head up your colon so far you can't even think straight. It was the murderers of Bandera who committed Genocide against the Ukrainian people and Bandera fought against them to drive them out of Ukraine. In 1991 it happened, Bandera won. So stop foaming at the mouth and get some education before repeating the propanda of the Moscow propaganda machine. Or are you one of them?

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Anonymous March 13, 2010, 8:12 p.m.    

How on earth can an English speaker like you be so stupid as to believe what the Russians are saying about Ukraine's national heroes? Are you incapable of finding some Ukrainian history books, written by Ukrainians, that can remove the scales of ignorance from your ignorant eyes? Surely you can not be so lazy, surely you can begin to do some research on your own and not merely parrot the lies of Moscow which was responsible for the death of MILLIONS of Ukrainians.

When are politically &quot;correct&quot; socialists, communists and other Ukrainophobes ever going to learn to think for themselves?

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Anonymous March 14, 2010, 2:27 a.m.    

I am afraid that your problem is that you split up everything up in a good side and a bad side. unfortunately history is not as simple as that. There is only one thing: if a nation, or a people. is not capable of being confronted by their own atrocities, it is destined to repeat them.

So... I would respect Ukraine as a nation a lot if they really would be able to look at their own history in a critical way, just as the Germans have done, and the South Africans.

So... it would be wise for the Ukranian sake to look at yourself in a critical way.

Just as that would be wise for Russians, Americans, Poles, Austrians. Serbs, Croats, Dutch, British, Chenese, Rwandese etc etc

Grow up and look in the mirror!

I know it is hard, but it is necessary.

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Anonymous March 20, 2010, 6:42 p.m.    

No the question to be asked is when will you learn? Perhaps we can sit down and teach you the true story not the sewage taught to you by the soviet/russian revisionists?

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Anonymous March 13, 2010, 8:22 p.m.    

How come so many ignorant persons post here who have no idea what Bandera did, against whom he fought, what he believed, by whom he was murdered and why the Ukrainian nation honors him as a TRUE HERO.

Maybe they're just Russian KGB trolls.

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Anonymous March 13, 2010, 9:21 p.m.    

and what trool r u? cia??

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Anonymous March 13, 2010, 11 p.m.    

Just made it bloody obvious with your bad spelling and grammar.... trool ?

Whats a trool ??

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Anonymous March 14, 2010, 12:38 a.m.    

&quot;Trool&quot; is Ruthenian for &quot;patriot of Ruthenian land&quot;.

Must be pronounced *hcwhchwha&quot; with accent on the second syllable.

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Anonymous March 20, 2010, 6:39 p.m.    

You are right about the ignorants who post here with no idea of Bandera and his movement-obviously they are russians or russified lost souls. Yes, they must be trolls.

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Anonymous March 13, 2010, 10:53 p.m.    

The idiot diaspora obviously has alot of time on their hands to keep beating a dead horse about this. But this much is clear. Yanu will reverse the so-called hero status for Bandera and there isn't anything the radical and hypocrite diaspora from Lviv can do about it. They should spend their time getting their priorities straight and taking care of their own people and organizations. UNA memberships have dropped drastically in the last decade, despite large increases in Ukrainian immigration to the U.S. That should tell them something.

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Anonymous March 14, 2010, 8:02 a.m.    

above is typical old time Soviet disinformation jargon by a typical anti-Ukrainian Russified &quot;homo sovieticus&quot; hate monger longing for the days his Communist flunkies ran the show with nostalgia for long gone (but not forgotten) U SS R GULAG EVIL EMPIRE

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Anonymous March 14, 2010, 2:30 p.m.    

They all came foe the war in Georgia, Guest | Today at 12:29

About 30 years ago, the soviet Empire began to crumble, as its economy, and the ecomies of its alies, were no longer able and willing to supports its vast military force, so it run out of fuel, and stopped. The last eefort they had mage, trying to revive the military machine, was Afghanistan, where overwhelming american support from Pakistan Iran and Saudi Arabia, had dealt a death blow to the Soviet Military Might They had withdrawn from Eastern europe, and the deal with nato was, no nato forces will replace withdrawing Soviet/Warsaw Pact forces. America watched as its arch enemy crumbled wthout a fight, and got deflated like a huge bloon. Then the US decided to exploit the power vaccum, and went on a rampaging war, to declare itself the world's only super power.

The check and balance the Soviets had provided, was gone. europe was stunned, and it quickly wanted to defend itself from American dictatorship, by forming a common Union, and Military alliance, outside of Nato. The USA came to prevent that, by initiating a war in yugoslavia, to give it an excuse to keep its forces in Europe, to keep Europe under American threat and occupation.

The rest is history,,,Somalia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Afghanistan, and a dozen other wars,, as a result of USA no longer had any visible balancing Power.

Then the USA attacked with Israel, Ukraine and Georgian forcs, the Russians, as Bush was desperate to test a weak Russia, and Isreal saw Russia, its only enemy and obstacle in taking over the entire west bank and gaza.

The joint attack on russia by the US and its odd allies, resulted in the first drastic crucial humiliation of the out of control USA military adventurism.

No longer did America looked like a world's only super power, but a deafeted inflated paper tiger.

The Georgian war revealed America's/Nato's alliances' reluctance to finance america's wars of insaity, and cracks on its military might began to appear very rapidly.

The defeat of US forces in Georgia was followed by a financial meltdown of the global economy,, no one can deny the end of America's rain as the only super power was quikly coming to an end.

It costed the US andd the world's economy $20 trillion dollars, to keep america's wars of insanity going,,,$20 trillion, and nothing to show for, except George Bush Jr had made $300 billion in oil money..whilt the netire world lost 0 trillion.

100 years ago America turned the light on in the world, wiith its industrial and technological innovations. The later generations with silver spoons in their mouth, were told to achieve it all via creative visulisations, and if that dont work, use agression, force, brutality, terror...

The US will go back to be a creative force in the world for progressive positive rsults, as it has a good track record of doing that.

In case of Iran, we have heard the same nonsence from Israel over Ieaq. that was an entrapment by Israel, to discredit the west.

Israel must be brought to compliance with modern International standards and norms, and disarmed to prevent it from continuing terrorizing and inflicting holocaust on its neighbours.

Israel pauses much more danger to the world than Iran does. Iran had not attacked any nation n the last 30 years, but Israel had not have a year, without comitting war or war crimes..in the last 30 years..

The people of Isreal wants peace, better working conditions, better wages, not simply a goverment who can only produce wars after wars.

In Ukraine, the the imperialistic expansionism of America ends....

The USA must use all its agents, energy, cia, fbi, irs, and what have you, to improve the standards of living of the american people, and not simply oppress them, suspending their human rights and use them as guilty tax payers, as it had been the case since the Soviet Union fell.

The world wants a strong Russian empire, as it lived a lot better, richer, finer life, when Russia was providing a check, so America will not turn out to be another Hitler,,,

In this, Ukraine is an important contributor to the world's peace!!!

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Anonymous March 14, 2010, 3:30 p.m.    

Kiev Post supporting the fascism as usual.

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Anonymous March 14, 2010, 8:14 p.m.    

That russian puppet Yanokovych or whatever, better not revoke the national hero status of Bandera, if he knows what is good for him. This title is richly deserved for Bandera the greatest contemporary Ukrainian patriot of our times. Do not even think about it.

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Anonymous March 14, 2010, 8:55 p.m.    

Jerry, you are not Ukrainian, you have no clue where/what Ukraine is or what you are talking about. You better go back to eating your hotdogs and organizing folk fests in your native Canadia. Adios!

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Anonymous March 15, 2010, 2:48 a.m.    

Jerry may or may not live in Ukraine, however he is far more informed in Ukrainian history and politics than you!

I would say that 95% of Ukrainian Canadian, Ukrainian Australins etc are more Ukrainian than you !

Question : Can you even speak the Ukrainian language?? Ha!! Pack your bags and make a life in your beloved Russia - let Putin tuck you in at night.

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Anonymous March 15, 2010, 1:48 p.m.    

Who the hell are all these morons who don't even live in UA but for some reason feel so strongly about things that do not concern them. Stick to your maple syrup and french fries with mayonnaise and leave the things in UA for those who are actually live here.

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Anonymous March 20, 2010, 6:34 p.m.    

Dear guest

There is nothng wrong in having an interest and caring for the land of your parents, much like children taking care of their parents or parents taking care of their children. Letting Ukrainians taking care of Ukraine is a good thing but the current bunch, answer and jump to the dictats of moscow not to the wishes of the Ukrainian people. You wait and see dude-it is just starting. Ukraine will become the lap dog of russia and that is a bad thing. By the way, french fries and maple syrup is not a tasty combination-do you eat them that way?-a sign of poor taste.

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Anonymous March 16, 2010, 6:57 a.m.    

And what a mess you've made of things over there. LOL

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Anonymous March 20, 2010, 6:18 p.m.    

Dear Guest or whatever your name is-by the way are you afraid to identify yourself? Yes, I live in Canada but my roots are in Ukraine-the land of my parents. I follow Ukrainian affairs very closely and I am a student of Ukrainian history-not that verbal diahrea the soviets taught you. My blood is blue and yellow (our national colours) is blood red (communist colours)? I know more about Ukrainian history than you my friend will ever know. Stay in russia or go to russia if you love it so much and leave Ukraine alone. Otherwise become a good citizen of Ukraine and learn about this great land.

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Anonymous March 14, 2010, 8:56 p.m.    

Bandera was a Nazi. This sums it up.

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Anonymous March 15, 2010, 11:46 a.m.    

Very good what our ukrainian ukrainian position appeared in site of Europarliament. Bandera hero was to did history ukraine nation. Europe suggested ukrainian people forget fight struggle for independence and leave the moment only fight on the side of Russians, other named collaboration - fight on the side of Germany.

Why all Europe agreed and supported on Polish position - country, which has accounts with Bandera? He not alloved ukrainian question in Volin that implied by the idea of extermination of the Polish and Ukrainian create advantages in Polish population in the area of Ukrainian. That they were able to make in Przemysl and Holm.

Answer the question for me have to options:

1)Europe care Ukrainian and anyone notfriend to tell our on behalf of the European their vision and plans for the Ukrainian people.

2)Europe deliberately provoking conflicts in Ukraine for any Government was weak and need and depended of abroad - particularly from Europe.

Author journal &quot;Komentar&quot;,

who, like many similar, placed calls to sign the petition to the European Parliament on the protection of Stepan Bandera

http://komentarij.blogspot.com

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Anonymous March 15, 2010, 9:37 p.m.    

To understand why the kremlin has been promoting disinformation and propaganda against Bandara, (for over 70 years) one has to listen to the following:

ORIGINAL RECORDING OF SPEACH BY STEPAN BANDERA FROM 1959:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4E23fpnYajU

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