“I Am Bandera. Glory to Ukraine!”: Ukraine’s Police Force Launched a Flash Mob

Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard



The surnames of the law enforcement officers who shouted “Lay down, Bandera” while detaining a group of radicals outside the Podolsky police department in Kiev, used force are already known. This was reported by the Proecutor-General of Ukraine Yury Lutsenko on Facebook.

“A case concerning the abuse of authority by police officers was initiated yesterday. Investigative actions were carried out during all the night. We already know who kicked the lying person and shouted about Bandera. We are preparing suspicion”

stated the Prosecutor-General

Lutsenko also noted that the investigators of the rapid response team must give a legal assessment of the actions of participants of the clashes with police officers.

“Ukraine needs the power of law, and not the right to use force”, added Lutsenko, having stressed that the public apologies of the leadership of the National Police were correct and timely.

Earlier the chief of police of Kiev Andrey Krishchenko apologised for the actions of the police officer who shouted out the phrase “Lay down, Bandera!” whilst detaining radicals near the Podolsky police department in Kiev

Also, representatives of Ukrainian law enforcement bodies started a flashmob entitled “I am a Banderist” on a social network.

One of the first to apologise was the head of the National Police Sergey Knyazev on his Facebook page.

“I apologise, I am also a banderist! Glory to Ukraine!” wrote Knyazev, having added the hashtag “#IAmABanderist”.

Other law enforcement officers followed suit and published similar posts. The Deputy Head of the National Police Aleksandr Fatsevich apologised for the words of his colleague in more detail.

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“I am Bandera. I am a police officer! I serve the Ukrainian people! I don’t support the appeal ‘Lay down, Bandera’! I don’t support the capture of any buildings! I protect and I will continue to protect my country and my people,” wrote the Deputy Head of the National Police Aleksandr Fatsevich.

The adviser to the Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Zoryan Shkiryak also declared that he is a Banderist, having photographed himself in front of a portrait of the Ukrainian nazi.

“I work in the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine. This is my workplace. I am also a banderist, and I am proud of it! Bandera is my Hero! I am categorically against the appeal ‘Lay down, Bandera’. This is a shame and it is inadmissible! I don’t support any violent acts, attempts to capture state buildings, and using this for the purpose of destabilisation attempts, spreading panic and despair in society! Everyone will make their own conclusions. And we will too, of course,” wrote Shkiryak.

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