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Stepan Bandera becomes Ukrainian hero

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Jan. 22, 2010, 2:06 p.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine
Ukrainian President Victor Yushchenko has conferred the rank of a Ukrainian hero to Stepan Bandera, the leader of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN). The head of state said this during ceremonies marking Ukrainian Unity Day in Kyiv on Friday, Jan. 22.

"I decree to confer the rank of a Hero of Ukraine to Stepan Bandera and present a state order to him," Yushchenko said.

He said that the high rank had been conferred to Bandera for his "defending national ideas and battling for an independent Ukrainian state."

Bandera's grandson, also named Stepan, received the award from the president, an Interfax-Ukraine reporter said.
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Anonymous Jan. 22, 2010, 2:13 p.m.    

Tis is incredible - must be a hoax, fake or something.

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Anonymous Jan. 22, 2010, 2:38 p.m.    

Perhaps what Nazi Germany did to Ukraine in WWII was a hoax, fake, or something... The Ukrainian Insurgent Army attempted to stand in the way of this devastation.

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Anonymous Jan. 22, 2010, 4:33 p.m.    

I guess he will delcare Hitler a liberator of Ukraine next.

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Anonymous Jan. 22, 2010, 7:18 p.m.    

he could have been had he NOT been so blinded by racism

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Anonymous Jan. 28, 2010, 6:53 a.m.    

If he wasn't so racist, he wouldn't have started the war in the first place.

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Anonymous Jan. 22, 2010, 7:42 p.m.    

Hitler certainly could have been the liberator of Ukraine (and Russia) had he not been a racist. He would have suffocated that psychopath Stalin and liberated the eastern slavs from their decades long tyranny. Ukraine and Russia might have then developed 'normally' as independent countries, living peacefully side-by-side. Instead you had two psychopaths fighting it out...and the peasant paying the price. A pox on both of them.

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Anonymous Jan. 29, 2010, 7:26 a.m.    

Plague could have been the hiccups if it didn't kill you.

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Anonymous Jan. 22, 2010, 5:47 p.m.    

The UPA was a bunch of criminals and village hooligans welcoming the Germans with bread and salt

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Anonymous Jan. 22, 2010, 7:17 p.m.    

It was Stalin and his "bunch of criminals" Communist dupes "welcoming the Germans" and starting WWII,...

the Germans initially were welcomed all over the Soviet Evil Empire even in Moscow until NKVD started their massacres and don't forget more Russians than Ukrainians (including Putin's father) joined and fought for the Germans against Stalin's empire...so please get your facts straight

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Anonymous Feb. 3, 2010, 2:55 a.m.    

You really do not know history, the UPA (TRUE UKRAINAN PATRIOTS) DID NOT EVEN EXIST WHEN THE GERMANS INVADED THAT MONSTROSITY CALLED THE USSR. Get you facts straight before you shovel your poop onto the internet.

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Anonymous Jan. 22, 2010, 2:18 p.m.    

Glory to Ukraine!! Glory to its Heroes !!!

Yushchenko did the right thing!

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Anonymous Jan. 22, 2010, 7:12 p.m.    

Finally ...as usual too little , too late

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Anonymous Jan. 22, 2010, 2:20 p.m.    

Its quite fitting that Yushchenko not accept the new Russian Ambassador. Instead, he names Bandera hero!

Putin and Medvedev, put that in your Gazprom pipes and smoke it !!!

I guess Yushchenko told you guys again what he thinks of you!!

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Anonymous Jan. 26, 2010, 3:27 a.m.    

Do you think Putin or Medvedev care about what Yushchenko thinks of them. We all know what they both think of him. That's enough. :)

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Anonymous April 7, 2010, 5:32 a.m.    

They certainly do care...look how they react...too funny

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Anonymous Jan. 22, 2010, 4:32 p.m.    

Yushcheno is an outgoing "caretaker" President he should not be making any controversial decisions without the support of all parties and candidates in the final round ballot.

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Anonymous Jan. 22, 2010, 6:52 p.m.    

Is that how you perceive politics to be run, Chinese style with one unified party?

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Anonymous Jan. 22, 2010, 6:24 p.m.    

Viktor, it's time to go now, take your babuchka with you, all the money of Ukraine 3000 and before to leave stop this crazy rewriting of history. "Your Ukraine" had never exist.... Only in your brain full of bees.. Bye...

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Anonymous Jan. 22, 2010, 8:21 p.m.    

very good reply !!!

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Anonymous Jan. 26, 2010, 3:25 a.m.    

Great reply. Yushchenko - you are ill. You are terribly sick. I am ashamed that you were my president. What an embarrassing excuse for a president. Go now.

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Anonymous Feb. 3, 2010, 2:53 a.m.    

You dude are the one who has accepted the revision of history as dictated by the communists and russian imperialists. Finally, at long last the TRUE history of Ukraine is coming out. Bandera deserves this title as a national hero. Too bad you have a decaying brain to believe communist propaganda and hold it as the truth. Ukraine has always existed and will exist long after your diseased brain kills your body. Good riddance.

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Anonymous Jan. 22, 2010, 8:12 p.m.    

Congratulations Mr. Yushchenko. This has been a long time coming. It is too bad that the Russian displaced persons in Ukraine have to continually show their ignorance. It is sad that they cannot face their history of killings of innocents. May God bless Ukraine and rid the country of its thieves.

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Anonymous Jan. 22, 2010, 11:45 p.m.    

Ukrainians should become Little Russians and then there will be peace and brotherhood in the world

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Anonymous Jan. 23, 2010, 12:56 a.m.    

before they can be turned into Russians they must be washed and combed and decently dressed

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Anonymous Feb. 3, 2010, 2:58 a.m.    

Russians should become Little Ukrainians and then there will be peace and brotherhood in the world.

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Anonymous Jan. 22, 2010, 11:44 p.m.    

This is the first time in modern history that a mass murderer becomes a national hero - what country is this thing called "The Ukraine". A fart in history.

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Anonymous Jan. 24, 2010, 2:33 a.m.    

Not the first time - where is you Che Gueverra t shirt? U think he never killed anybody?

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Anonymous Jan. 24, 2010, 2:37 a.m.    

You mean Che Guevara or somebody else ? Think you must be Ukrainian - poor schooling and so.

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Anonymous April 7, 2010, 5:29 a.m.    

A &quot;fart in history&quot; that you fear for some reason. Why so insecure? Whatever you fear you try to destroy...

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Anonymous Jan. 23, 2010, 3:58 p.m.    

Bandera fought for Ukraine's independence. He and his family were killed by the Poles, Nazis and Soviets. His brothers Vasyl and Oleksandr were killed Auschwitz. Putin would have you believe that he was a 'nazi' but he was not.

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Anonymous Jan. 23, 2010, 6:58 p.m.    

oh god - what incredible trash !

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Anonymous Jan. 27, 2010, 8:49 a.m.    

Bandera was a Nazi officer fighting FOR Nazis. And now he is also a 'hero' of Yushchenko's Ukraine. I wonder how long he will retain this bogus status.

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Anonymous April 7, 2010, 5:28 a.m.    

Stalin was a Nazi collaborator...he fought FOR Nazis...yet he is loved by the Russian government...

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Anonymous April 12, 2010, 8:29 p.m.    

He was a nazi?? Really? How? Where? What was his nazi party number? If you spout nonsense, back it up..

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Anonymous Jan. 25, 2010, 7:37 p.m.    

jaki kraj, taki bohater - wstyd

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Anonymous Jan. 27, 2010, 8:48 a.m.    

When I heard it first, I thought it was a joke. Apparently, it's not. Yes, it's a funny place this world. Especially the Ukrainian politics is quite a comedy club, and it just keeps getting better. wow....

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Anonymous Jan. 27, 2010, 8:53 a.m.    

Bandera - one of the biggest Anti-Semites of the XX-century has now become a "hero" of Ukraine. Shame.

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Anonymous Feb. 3, 2010, 2:44 a.m.    

Sorry dude, you do not know history, suggest you go back to school and learn. The biggest anti-semite was Hitler. His pal, Stalin comes in a close second. Bandera was a true Ukrainian patriot and NOTHING ELSE dude. wake up man

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Anonymous April 7, 2010, 5:26 a.m.    

Russian troll...Bandera was not an anti-semite...although he certainly was anti-Russian.

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Anonymous Jan. 27, 2010, 8:59 p.m.    

Poles, Russians and Jews should just shut up. The founders of Isreal are patented terrorists and main anti-semites considering their relations with semitic Arabs. Poles were nothing but chauvenist occupants and colonists that had no right to live in Ukraine. As to Russian poztriots their beloved Putin gave the title of Russian heroes to Kadyrov, Kadyrov junior and other Chechen warlords that killed lots of Russian soldiers, civilians or used them as slaves in the 1990s.

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Anonymous Jan. 27, 2010, 10:19 p.m.    

KP, editors,

Please delete the anti-Sematic pro-Bandera comment above.

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Anonymous Jan. 27, 2010, 10:27 p.m.    

Since KP have their server in Germany they commit a crime according to the German Laws by not deleting those antisemitic paroles in their forums.

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Anonymous Feb. 18, 2010, 1:44 a.m.    

Number of Ukrainians in the Red army (WWII) = 4.5 million

Number of Ukrainians (or rather, Galychians) in UPA = 20-100 thousands.

UPA shot the Red army in the back when they were in the middle of their war with fascism. So who is the traitor?

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Anonymous April 12, 2010, 8:27 p.m.    

Red Army was against independent Ukraine...UPA was fighting for independent Ukraine...no one is a traitor. Your logic is non-existent.

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Eugene Al Gagins Sept. 10, 2012, 2:40 a.m.    

Bandera was an international criminal. As a person who has Polish heritage I am very sad recollecting the atrocities that Bandera was commiting to Polish peasants. Moreover, he was also famous for executing poor Jews. Bandera is the echo of that horrible war.... It is unbelievable to see that some people want that "human" to be their hero...

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