The plan to set up the group, whose full name would be the All-Ukraine Public Union Ukrainian Front, was based on an initiative put forward at the conference, held in Kharkiv, by the head of the local branch of the Union of Veterans of Afghanistan, Volodymyr Ryzhkov, an Interfax-Ukraine correspondent reported from the event, which gave unanimous approval to the proposal.
“There is special symbolism about this name [Ukrainian Front],” said Kharkiv region governor Mykhailo Dobkin, head of the Party of Regions’ local branch.
“Our front will defend and purge the Ukrainian land from those who have come here with invasive plans. This was the case in the past, and this is what is happening today. Our grandfathers and great-grandfathers coped with this task, and today it is our turn. I think that we will be a credit to those who gave us birth, who brought us up, who laid the basis for our character, and who have put us on the right path by imbuing us with patriotism,” Dobkin said.