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

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Feb. 7, 2013, 1:11 p.m. | Ukraine — by Mark Rachkevych

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.

Mark Rachkevych

Mark has been a reporter for the Kyiv Post since 2006, but joined full-time in 2009. A native Chicagoan, Mark currently is editor-at-large and still contributes stories on an ongoing basis. He has written bylines with the Financial Times, Bloomberg News, Associated Press, Irish Times, and Ukraine Business Insight, among other publications. He is a former U.S. Peace Corps volunteer, a graduate of St. Norbert College in Wisconsin, and fluent in the Ukrainian and Russian languages.

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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