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You're reading: Ukrainian Insurgent Army: Myths and facts

Freedom was their ultimate goal, while
their immediate goal was to protect the Ukrainian population from brutal and
widespread Nazi and Soviet exploitation and repression.

While engulfed in an inevitable, hopeless armed
struggle against Soviet elite forces, UPA’s leadership on May 30, 1947, dedicated
its founding date to coincide with the historic, Ukrainian
Cossack holiday of Pokrova
.

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