Maria Shvenko, a spokesperson for the
high administrative court, told the Kyiv Post, however, that the court’s
decision “doesn’t mean it had recognized the UPA veterans as WWII combatants.”
In his last days in office, Yushchenko
on Jan. 28, 2010, issued a presidential decree in which he recognized UPA
veterans combatants of WWII as those “who fought for Ukraine’s independence in
the 20th century,” among other combatants dating to events that transpired
during and immediately after WWI.
But in April 2010, Natalia Vitrenko, the
leader of the Progressive Socialist Party, which stands for the reunification
of Ukraine with Russia and Belarus, filed a lawsuit that challenged parts of
the presidential decree.