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However, the renaming triggered the historical debate between those who regard Bandera, who lived from 1909 to 1959, as a national hero vs. those who regard the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists leader as a pro-Nazi figure, despite the fact he spent most of World War II in a Nazi prison and was assassinated in Germany by a KGB agent.

Also, critics argue that the timing of the decision was lousy, coming as it did a day before the NATO Summit in Warsaw on July 8.

In Poland, Bandera is condemned for being a militant ideologue of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists, which briefly cooperated with Nazi Germany during World War II. Historians don’t have a single opinion on whether Bandera himself ever cooperated with the Nazis. His supporters in Ukraine argue that he fought all foreign repression, including Polish, German and Soviet.

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Hope in Italy will be soon 'Mussolini Avenue' and in Germany 'Hitler Platz'.

Moscow is trying to stoke emnity between Ukrainians and Poles. It won't work as Ukraine and Poland are firm allies in opposing Russian imperial aggression.

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