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Putin: Yushchenko 'spat in the face' of his supporters by declaring Bandera national hero

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Feb. 15, 2010, 7:35 p.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine

Yushchenko insulted his political supporters by declaring controversial World War II figure Stepan Bandera a national hero, as Putin has said.

Novo-Ogaryovo, February 15 (Interfax) - Ukraine's outgoing president Victor Yushchenko insulted his political supporters by declaring controversial World War II figure Stepan Bandera a national hero, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said. "Developments over recent months did not come as a surprise. The leaders of the 'colored movement', in fact spat in their political sponsors' faces by issuing a decree which declares Stepan Bandera a national hero," Putin told Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev in Novo-Ogaryovo on Feb. 15.

Bandera "slurred himself cooperating with the fascists. He was also known for his cruel punitive treatment of Jews and Poles," Putin said.
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Anonymous Feb. 15, 2010, 7:49 p.m.    

this from a man who looks to Stalin for inspiration. Mind your own business Putin!

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Anonymous Feb. 15, 2010, 8 p.m.    

Your father was much more of a NAZI &quot;collaborator&quot; than Bandera ever was. Mind your own business Katchap.

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Anonymous Feb. 15, 2010, 7:58 p.m.    

Not only &quot;looked&quot; to Stalin but had a few Stalinist tricks of his own - like decimating the Chechnyan people, and faking a terrorist attack in Moscow in order to win office as a &quot;law and order&quot; candidate.

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Anonymous Feb. 15, 2010, 8:54 p.m.    

Sorry Putin, he spat in your face.

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Anonymous Feb. 15, 2010, 9:05 p.m.    

Stalin was brown-nosing Hitler for 10 + Years, up to the day the Germans attacked! Stalin and the USSR is more guilty of collaboration then anyone else.

And what about Russia's 1 million soldiers in ROA?

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Anonymous Feb. 15, 2010, 9:43 p.m.    

Putin has small mans disease, like that small Irainian man. They have a chip on their sholders because they were always pushed around at school and their sisters had to look after them.

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Anonymous Feb. 16, 2010, 11:06 a.m.    

WELL SAID !

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Anonymous Feb. 15, 2010, 11:59 p.m.    

the same Putin that dares to sully the name of Bandera once told USA President Bush that Ukraine is NOT a country, never was a country and never will be a country! borrowing a page from EMS ukaz

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Anonymous Feb. 16, 2010, 12:01 a.m.    

Putin has a way of being irritating. He never has anything good to say unless he's praising his idol Stalin. What a sordid little man.

Putin's own father fought on Hitler's side against the barbaric bolsheviks. The Germans had a Russian army enlisted and fighting on the Nazi side. Do you think Putin the revisionist is going to dwell on that 'small' detail? Not till hell freezes over! Vlad should be making certain that his army isn't committing more war crimes in Chechnya. If Stalin can be his hero...Bandera can be a hero of Ukraine.

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Anonymous Feb. 16, 2010, 1:18 a.m.    

Yushenko is a disgrace to Ukraine. He should be voted out of office.

Oh that right he was. So what is he doing still making stupid decisons that divide the nation? Yanukovych should cancel the award and announce an open hearing into Bandera's war time activities.

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Anonymous Feb. 16, 2010, 1:32 a.m.    

go back to your asian russian hole in the ground. we don't need you in ukraine.

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Anonymous Feb. 16, 2010, 1:19 a.m.    

Of course, why would Putin be anti Banderas's honor when the Communists regime had already passed by millions of victems the number that Hitler caused? The Honor of the murderous Communist Party must be upheld and Putin got somehow in the assassin section of the Party.

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Anonymous Feb. 16, 2010, 3:52 a.m.    

Let's be honest, Putin honors the CCCP and communism, and he always will. There will be no changing or convincing him otherwise. The only way forward will be a change in leadership for Russia. Russophiles will say that that will then be either communists or nationalists, but I think it is better to deal with those parties while Russia is weak than to let Putin build a stronger (still not strong) military and perhaps destabilize Ukraine and other nearby countries, than to let Putin continue in power.

So, I call on all Western nations to overthrow the SOB either now or when it becomes apparent that he will continue in power beyond 2012.

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Anonymous Feb. 16, 2010, 9:36 a.m.    

They can try to invade Russia but the west will lose again just like all the other times. Usa cannot even beat Somalia.

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Anonymous Feb. 17, 2010, 2:37 a.m.    

Russia has to pick on a really BIG power like Georgia to prove its superiority. LOL LOL LOL

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Anonymous Feb. 16, 2010, 3:15 a.m.    

Putin should keep his stupid opinions to himself. The Ukrainian people honor their WW II heroes as much as the Russians do theirs, but whereas the Russian ones fought for an Evil Empire, the Ukrainian ones fought for a free and independent democratic Ukraine which they finally achieved on December 1, 1991. Thank GOD!

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Anonymous Feb. 16, 2010, 5:21 a.m.    

Bandera's spirit leads an endless procession of Moscow's murdered millions though Kremlin halls.

Putin is not the first Kremlin leader to be visited, nor will he be the last.

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Anonymous Feb. 16, 2010, 9:38 a.m.    

No one likes this Nazi Bandera. Not the americans, Europeans or anyone else. Only refugee and mail order brides like him because they have no life. Even your beloved polish told you were to go lol.

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Anonymous Feb. 16, 2010, 10:19 a.m.    

Putin is great and must rule Ukraine.

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Anonymous Feb. 16, 2010, 1:36 p.m.    

Of course KGB-man Putin would oppose Bandera. After all, Putin's commrade Stashinsky murdered Bandera in Munich. It would be crazy to this the KBG would turn on its own and recognize former assassination targets as heroes!!!

Worth mentioning that 2 years ago, Ukrainians named Bandera one of the country's Great Leaders through popular polling conducted by Inter Channel. Bandera came in second place!!!

Therefore, Yushchenko was fulfilling the will and expectations of Ukrainians and sent the KBG in Moscow a big middle finger!!!

Putin -- he spat in your face !!!

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Anonymous Feb. 16, 2010, 2:13 p.m.    

I do not like Putin, but here he is right. Pro-nazi Bandera, who was responsible for murder of many Jews, Poles etc, cannot be a hero in European country.

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Anonymous Feb. 16, 2010, 4:31 p.m.    

Stalin is a hero in Russia and he murdered Jews, Ukrainians, Belorussians, Russians, gypsys, Georgians, etc.

And the EU will bend over backwards to take Russia's Gazprom hose up its you know what!

So much for Europe's declared &quot;values and principles.&quot; There about as strong as the value of Russian oil and gas!

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Anonymous Feb. 16, 2010, 4:48 p.m.    

Unfortunately Stalin is still popular among some circles in Russia and not only in Russia but in Georgia, Ukraine etc, but he is not Russia's hero and his supporters are rather marginalized today.

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Anonymous Feb. 16, 2010, 6:20 p.m.    

His biggest supporter is Putin and he has 60% + approval ratings. I hardly call that marginalized! I call that Kremlin policy.

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Anonymous Feb. 16, 2010, 6:34 p.m.    

I do not understand your logic - if I am against Bandera to be a hero of Ukraine, that means I am pro-Stalin, pro-Putin, etc? I think Ukraine does not deserve to have such &quot;heroes&quot; as Bandera.

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Anonymous Feb. 16, 2010, 6:18 p.m.    

you are a bonehead ...Bandera was arrested by the Nazis and all those alleged victims you mentioned dealt collaboration with Nazis long before Bandera

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Anonymous Feb. 16, 2010, 4:20 p.m.    

Ukraine should think about some other figures to be real heroes of Ukraine. Of course it does not mean that it should be someone &quot;Soviet&quot;, as opponents of Yanukowich will immediatly suggest. But...maybe Petlura will fit even better for this role than Shukchevich and Bandera...

Ukrainians, what do you think?

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Anonymous Feb. 16, 2010, 4:35 p.m.    

Agree. Why is it when Ukrainians stand up for themselves and their history the Russians and the Kremlin go crazy!

The only reason the Kremlin hated Yushchenko was because he stood up for Ukraine's past and put it on par with the Sovietized and Russianized versions of history written by the Kremlin ideologues. But, we Ukrainians know that our history is written with the blood on our soil and we will be the ones to decide who is a martyr, hero and great Ukrainian and who were the colonizers and oppressors!!

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Anonymous Feb. 16, 2010, 9:44 p.m.    

ITS EVOLUTION &gt; as the genocide against the Ukrainian nation escalates and intensifies...so do the leaders that arise to defend it ...so of course Bandera would be more intense than Petlura who was more intense than Mazepa who was more intense than Khmelnytsky and so on... simple Darwin theory ! Forget Marx he doesn't explain it ...Darwin does!

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Anonymous Feb. 16, 2010, 4:39 p.m.    

Pukin and Medvedev are two little muchkins with small dicks and big egos -- kind of like Napoleon.

The KGB-FSB killed Bandera and their heirs (Pukin and Medvedev) are now defending the deeds of Felix Derzhinsky and his successors.

What Yushchenko did was historic justice. Those who fail to recognize it, fail to accept that there is a non-Russian KGB-FSB version of Ukrainian history.

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Anonymous Feb. 16, 2010, 9:38 p.m.    

Putin is morphing into a military dictator. He has a large cult like following from impoverished and uneducated members of Russian society as in the Nashi. He needs to create villians that justifies his purpose as a &quot;great Russian leader&quot;. Putin is steering Russia towards a massive collision course, not only with Ukraine and the West, but also against the ordinary Russian people.

Putin should spend his time and resources on improving the lives of his citizens instead of making provocative statements against other world leaders and spending money on strategic offensive military hardware that is of little use.

In time, a friendship based on respect could be had with Ukraine but not with the Kremlin's threats and constant interference in Kyiv's affairs. We are not going to experience a beneficial collaboration anytime soon with the current and hostile administration in Moscow.

It is just a matter of time before Russia implodes in discord and many of the fragments will be picked up by other Asian countries along with China.

Putin, by many indications, is a very stupid and belligerent man with a dangerously provocative chip on his shoulder towards Ukraine.

Unfortunately, Russia is again proving itself incapacable of learning the past lessons, by addressing the wrongs, from its historically chauvinistic attitudes towards Ukraine.

There are many more Banderas waiting to emerge if Russia does not choose a path of mutual respect and cooperation with its neighbours. That is a guarantee.

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Anonymous Feb. 16, 2010, 10:24 p.m.    

Well said Tempest.

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Anonymous Feb. 16, 2010, 10:14 p.m.    

Who cares i hate communism but i still like Russia. Communism was made by the west and the Jews and was put on Russia by the English which were the evil americans of that time.

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Anonymous Feb. 16, 2010, 10:36 p.m.    

Translation: I am a Russian who hates Jews, Americans and English.

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Anonymous Feb. 16, 2010, 10:18 p.m.    

The Bandera supporters are very small minority of Ukraine society. They usually are criminals, racists and usually do not live in Ukraine even those they pretend to love Ukraine. They can run their mouths on the internet but only real life counts. So they lose every time, good buy Nazis.

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Anonymous Feb. 17, 2010, 2:31 a.m.    

Wishful thinking on the part of the loser society known as Russia. They like to run their filthy mouths but cant back it up when push comes to shove.

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Anonymous Feb. 16, 2010, 10:33 p.m.    

Translation: I am a Russian who hates Ukrainians.

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Anonymous Feb. 16, 2010, 10:34 p.m.    

you are a clown

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Anonymous Feb. 17, 2010, 10:01 p.m.    

You are a muscovite.

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Anonymous Feb. 16, 2010, 10:31 p.m.    

Stop ranting, your foaming at the mouth only shows how prejudiced you are against Ukrainians who fought against both the Nazis and your beloved agents of evil, ie. Soviet Russians who hated Bandera so much that they sent one of their agents to the West in Munich, Germany to MURDER a Ukrainian patriot long after the end of WW II. If Bandera was such a Nazi criminal as the haters of Ukraine claim then why was he not tried at Nuremberg with the real Nazis? Guess cause he just wasn't one of them! Case closed.

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Anonymous April 6, 2010, 9:55 p.m.    

Yes, Bandera was anti-Russian, he was also anti-Jew, anti-Eastern Ukrainian, and pro Nazi, serving in their army.

Ukraine and Russia are connected on every level throughout history. Yes there are hillbillies in northwestern corner of Ukraine, who cannot live with this thought, but look where all end up historically: bandera, yuschenko, shukhevich, etc, etc. - they end up being discarded and irrelevant.

Northwest Ukraine is truly Ukraine's Applachia. Economically depressed and culturally unsophisticated region. It does not produce or contribute much of anything, except continues to exist on the subsidies from the industrial regions of Ukraine. Yet, in that region you find the most hell-bent hillbillies who talk about how much they suffer from being oppressed by hell knows who.

As Apalachia in the U.S., the villages of NW Ukraine will continue to be the outliers.

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Anonymous Feb. 16, 2010, 10:42 p.m.    

No one should be surprised that Putin, the ruler of the self proclaimed &quot;Only successor state of the former Soviet Union&quot;, which murdered Bandera, because he was a Ukrainian patriot who fought for Ukraine's independence from the Soviet Union and the Nazis, hates Bandera as well and smears this Great Ukrainian Patriot. Putin needs to explain why he is enamored of Stalin who murdered so many millions of Ukrainians, and other nationalities as well, and would probably follow in his footsteps if he could get away with it. Poor Russians to have such a leader.

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Anonymous March 16, 2010, 6:30 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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