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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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