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Donetsk district administrative court cancels decrees on awarding Hero of Ukraine to Bandera

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April 2, 2010, 9:22 p.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine
Donetsk District Administrative Court on Friday declared unlawful and subject to repeal the decree of President Viktor Yuschenko dated January 20 2010 conferred the Hero of Ukraine title on Stepan Bandera. The plaintiff in the case - lawyer Volodymyr Olentsevych said that under the Ukrainian legislation the title of Hero of Ukraine may be conferred only on a citizen of Ukraine.

According to him, Bandera is not a citizen of Ukraine, since he died in 1959 before Ukraine gained independence in 1991.

The judges agreed with the plaintiff and confirmed that "those who died before 1991, could not be citizens of Ukraine and decided to uphold a complaint against the Ukrainian president's decision to award the title of Hero of Ukraine to Bandera, recognize his decree as unlawful and cancel it."

The court's ruling can be challenged at the Appeal Court of Donetsk region within ten days.
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Anonymous April 2, 2010, 9:39 p.m.    

Bandera is one of the greatest SHAMES of Ukraine. Giving him a 'hero' was an absurd anti-Ukrainian decision by an absurd failed, anti-Ukrainian president.

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Anonymous April 2, 2010, 11:27 p.m.    

You are an Ukrainophobic moron who doesn't have the foggiest idea about who Bandera was so why don't you just go back to your KGB handlers and tell them that you are useless to them now that you have been exposed.

Stepan Bandera was a Ukrainian WW II war hero who fought against both the Soviet Russian invaders and Nazi invaders of Ukraine. To Ukrainian patriots there was no difference between the two, both of whom were responsible for millions of innocent deaths in Ukraine, but of the two, the Soviet Russians were far worse and who murdered Bandera in Munich, West Germany 14 years after WW II. For Ukrainians WW II was not over until 1991, when the Evil Empire against which Bandera fought was finally sent into the dustbin of history, an empire that Putin and his KGB are still are trying to revive. LOL.

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Anonymous April 2, 2010, 9:39 p.m.    

very good decision

congratulations !

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Anonymous April 2, 2010, 10:10 p.m.    

Bandera was killed by the KGB for fighting for a free Ukraine. Absurd court decision by a judiciary beholden to the political whims of whoever is in power. Shame on the Donetsk court!

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Anonymous April 2, 2010, 11:29 p.m.    

Sir, you are absolutely correct. Those judges don't have a clue as to who Ukrainians are.

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Anonymous April 3, 2010, 12:43 a.m.    

Glory to the Donetsk court!

Must be some intelligent people working there!

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Anonymous April 2, 2010, 11:50 p.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 April 3, 2010, 12:50 a.m.    

Lviv is the best city of citys !

Mykola Posivynch is the best Bandera specialist of all specialists in world !

Slava Banderi !

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Anonymous April 3, 2010, 9:15 a.m.    

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

Well, sort of. OUN's &quot;Second Congress&quot; was in Mussolini's Rome, 1939 — at which time Melnyk was proclaimed &quot;Vozhd.&quot; OUN(r)'s response was to hold its own, unsanctioned extraordinary congress, in the city that housed the German high command in occupied Poland: Krakow — in April, 1941. There, they declared the 1939 Rome Assembly illegal.

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

As are: Taras Bulba-Borovets, Andriy Melnyk, Oleg Stuhl, and Oleh Olzhych. Since all four are Ukrainian nationalist leaders Bandera's units have tried to liquidate, Bandera's being in Sachsenhausen presented as proof of his character is a non-sequitur.

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

...having forcibly disarmed Bulba-Borovet's UPA, liquidated its commanders, ambushed the re-formed UPRA headquarters, and murdered Borovets' wife.

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

No. The autopsy showed the cause of death to be cyanide poisoning. German police ruled the death a suicide. What has never been adequately explained are the accounts of Bandera's final moments issued in 1959 (presumably by his bodyguard detail) — that are completely at odds with Stashynsky's 1961 confession. Either the 1959 accounts are covering for an embarrassing lapse (Bandera was unguarded), or someone should dig a little deeper into Stets'ko — and why he lived to a ripe, old age, after Rebet and Bandera were killed.

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

Perhaps he ought to get it:

З протоколів дізнаємося, що отець Андрій говорив про себе: “Офіційним членом ОУН я не є з релі­гійних мотивів. Погоджуюсь із принципом: “Кожна влада від Бога…”

But then, &quot;Call no one happy before his death; a man will be known through his children.&quot;

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Anonymous April 2, 2010, 11:58 p.m.    

Bandera was neither a Nazi nor a Communist. He was a Nationalist who fought for an Independant Ukraine. He lived in Western Ukraine which was under Polish domination. The ruling of the Donetsk District Administrative Court is nonsense. Unfortunately many citizens of Ukraine do not know their own history and do not wish to know their own history. They rely on propaganda- mostly Soviet but also propaganda of countries who really don't want to see a free and democratic Ukraine.

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Anonymous April 3, 2010, 12:51 a.m.    

LOL !!!

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Anonymous April 3, 2010, 1:26 a.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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Anonymous April 3, 2010, 1:11 p.m.    

What a hell is he talking about? can anyone understand his gibberish? Is that some Austro-Hungarian dialect?

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Anonymous April 3, 2010, 3:14 p.m.    

Don't forget that Bandera was from an originally Jewish (Sephardic) family that later converted. Those people's language was a raw mixture of Yiddish,German, Polish, their local vernacular and some other influences (Slovakian etc). That is why it appears so strange for a first time listener. You can still hear this idiom in villages around Lviv, Ivano-Frankovsk etc.

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Anonymous April 3, 2010, 6:01 p.m.    

As a general rule, it's better &quot;not to forget&quot; things that are true.

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