Parubiy asks European Parliament to reconsider its decision on Bandera

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Feb. 26, 2010, 5:57 p.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine
Our Ukraine-People's Self-Defense Bloc MP Andriy Parubiy has asked the European Parliament to reconsider its negative reaction to former Ukrainian President Victor Yushchenko's decision to award the leader of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists, Stepan Bandera, the title of Hero of Ukraine. "I'm confident that the European Parliament's decision should be reviewed. So I've addressed the MEPs with a letter stating the facts about Bandera, and I proposed that they review their decision," he said in a comment released on Friday.

Parubiy said that the European Parliament's decision was largely the result of the powerful "Gazprom" lobby of Russia among European politicians.

He also said that that many MEPs had been misinformed about Bandera.

"All people interested in history know that Stepan Bandera was in a German concentration camp during the Second World War, while his brothers were shot dead by the Nazis. In addition, Ukrainians were the first to offer armed resistance to the German occupation in Transcarpathian Ukraine. The Nuremberg process didn't name the OUN-UPA as Nazis or collaborators," Parubiy said.

He expressed regret that these facts were currently being ignored, while "the political situation" had been taken to the forefront.

Parubiy said that the European Parliament's decision would disappoint patriotically-minded Ukrainians. He also warned that similar cases could push them away from Euro-integration process and put them "into Russia's embrace."

As reported, the European Parliament, in its resolution passed on February 25, said that it "deeply deplores the decision by the outgoing President of Ukraine, Viktor Yuschenko, to posthumously award Stepan Bandera, a leader of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN), which collaborated with Nazi Germany, the title of 'National Hero of Ukraine.'" In this regard, the European Parliament expressed hope that "the new Ukrainian leadership will reconsider such decisions and will maintain its commitment to European values."

Yushchenko awarded Bandera the title of Hero of Ukraine on Jan. 22, 2010.
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Anonymous Feb. 26, 2010, 7:15 p.m.    

It is a shame that someone as poor politically as this politician is has chosen to defend the Bandera issue.

Of all the politicians in the RADA he is amongst the most useless.

Could there not have been a better defender of the Bandera issue than him?

Not that I personally care whether he keeps the award or not.

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Anonymous Feb. 26, 2010, 8:44 p.m.    

Yanukovich as President of Ukraine should be defending its heroes.

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Anonymous Feb. 26, 2010, 8:33 p.m.    

I'm surprised the EU has time to make stupid votes on issues they have little knowledge nor care on the matter ,as they are to busy milking the gravy train and awarding themselves large pay rises

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Anonymous Feb. 26, 2010, 9:24 p.m.    

It has all to do with Russian gas.

The EU knows that this is all just a game to them.

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Anonymous Feb. 27, 2010, 1:44 a.m.    

How can we forget European values. Oh, my ,year 1933. Ukrainian wheat taken from starving to death people and sent to the West by Stalin. They ate it, knowing that Ukraine was starving and didn't choke on it!!!

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Anonymous Feb. 27, 2010, 12:02 p.m.    

OUN was an organization,responsible for ongoing military resistance against occupying Germans and occupying red armies(russians).This was a result of Ukrainian regular army being forced out of Ukraine in battles against the reds(communists).There were no ukrainians in the red armies till Ukraine had been fully occupied and Petlura driven out and murdered in Paris by a Jewish NKVD agent.The russian/jewish conspiracy of that era is to this day serving the interests of Russia today. Their lies about Ukrainian history continues to disinform politicians of Europe and even USA,but learned people of the free world will not be bought by their lies.

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Anonymous Feb. 27, 2010, 12:24 p.m.    

Bandera deserved his hero status much more than obama his peaca prize,,

obama is the chief of staff of an army that commits genocidr in iraq pakistan afghanistan,, so they give him the peace prize,,,

the world should have objrcted to that peace prize big time

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Anonymous Feb. 27, 2010, 7:51 p.m.    

Bandera deserved the gallows. Unfortunately he was shot - too much humanity for that little monster.

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Anonymous March 3, 2010, 12:42 a.m.    

Stalin was the monster and Hitler! Bandera fought against both evils! You Katsapy were the biggest monsters of the 20th century, have the most innocent blood on your hands in Europe!!

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Anonymous Feb. 27, 2010, 12:35 p.m.    

What a shame that Ukraine,has once again been re-occupied by elements serving the Kremlin.Politicians of Ukraine -shame on you for not supporting Timoshenko as our only presidential hope.We the people of UKRAINE plead with those that will be voting in Verhovna Rada on 1st March 2010,to remember we have one common enemy Yanukovich and Russia.

If you don't support Timoshenko, and she has full right to hold power and dictate to all those imbeciles that allowed Yanukovich to power.

&quot;The ides of March&quot; are nigh -so let's see who stabs Ceasar and what will be the consequences?

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Anonymous Feb. 27, 2010, 7:50 p.m.    

The consequence will be a cosy cell at your local insane ward waiting for you

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Anonymous March 3, 2010, 12:40 a.m.    

Imposter Maimai, you never tire of using other's names do you?

Bandera is a Hero of Ukraine! You can go pack up your bags and go camping with the Nashi youth in Siberia!

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Anonymous Feb. 27, 2010, 4:05 p.m.    

Bravo Mr. Parubiy, thank you for standing up for the truth about who Stepan Bandera was. He was truly a WW II war hero who dared to fight against both forms of totalitarianism, the German Nazi variety and the Soviet Russian one. Bandera was a forerunner of the great Ronald Reagan who dared to call the Evil Empire, the Evil Empire and thank God that it has come to an end and Ukraine is today a free and sovereign nation, and with God's help it will remain so until Christ returns.

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