March of UPA in Kiev: Ukrainian TV Gave Banderists the Cold Shoulder

Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard

14/10/2018 1/2/3

The October 14th march of radicals in the center of Kiev [an UPA-themed march called “Return Ukraine to Ukrainians” – SZ] started with the mass reading of “A prayer of the Ukrainian nationalist” in Shevchenko Park in front of the Kiev National University. 
Later a demand was made to return to the Ukrainian war criminals from the times of the Great Patriotic War Stepan Bandera and Roman Shukhevych the rank of Heroes of Ukraine.

“We want Bandera and Shukhevych to have again the rank of Hero of Ukraine, because in reality they are national heroes. And we want generations of followers of Bandera, who fought in better times, to pay the greatest respects to their lives. We hold these marches to honor our predecessors – the military men of OUN-UPA. Only a few of them are still alive, but up to this day they are an example of combat and indestructibility,” it was said on the stage.

It should be noted that a significant amount of teenagers and children of school age were at the event of Ukrainian nationalists.

Despite the forecasts about bringing 40,000 militants to Kiev by trains for participation in the march that became already traditional on the occasion of the anniversary of the creation of the collaborationist UPA, the event of nationalists turned out to be not so large – organisers recognised that a little more than 8,000 people gathered.

This became known at the end of an event, when, according to the scenario, the audience that had gathered at European Square had to set a record – the most mass performance of the anthem of UPA.

From a stage it was announced that about 8,000 people had performed the anthem, although, for example, the reporter from “Radio Svoboda” claimed that in previous years the processions of nationalists were not so impressive.

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As the correspondent of Politnavigator reports, the record for mass singing was doubtful too – the gathered crowd, obviously, did not know the words, and the song during broadcasting could clearly be heard only from the stage.

But at the end the crowd loudly shouted the familiar slogan “Death to enemies!”.

The procession along the Khreshchatyk took place with the burning of flares, the sounds of exploding pyrotechnics, and the participants periodically shouting out the slogans “Glory to Kievan Rus’ — Novorossiya can suck on it”, “Bandera is our hero”“Glory to Ukraine”, etc.

Despite the promises of the president of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko not to allow the incitement of religious war, Ukrainian radicals have already made appeals to occupy the temples of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate), in particular – the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra. However, the Ukrainian media was given the order to smother the calls for riots and massacres.

The reporter of “Gromadske TV” carrying out a live broadcast from today’s UPA march in Kiev admitted that the nationalists already called to commit violent actions against the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra.

“In society there are rather resonant moods, considering that after the granting of autocephaly to Ukraine by the Ecumenical Patriarchate [this is a lie, it never happened – SZ], certain moods appeared among some groups of society. It’s as if they say ‘let’s try to transfer, via some violent method, the churches of the Moscow Patriarchate to the United local Church’. Appeals to go to the Lavras sounded,” he said, having added that information has already been received about detentions near the main monastery of Kiev.

However, it seems that “Gromadske TV” wasn’t tasked with showing the entire truth about today’s procession of nationalists – there was a need to present its participants not as radicals who sow ethnic strife, but as heroic defenders of Ukraine against “occupiers”.

As a result, the reporter said that his colleagues “will not show the violent appeals on the airwaves, and we will hope that everything there (in the Lavra) will be normal”.

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The Ukrainian “Radio Svoboda” agency, which is sponsored by the US State Department behaved in a similar way. During a live broadcast the reporter noted how militants from the C14 group participating in the UPA procession on the Khreshchatyk chanted the slogan “Throw Russians onto knives!”.

The employee of “Radio Svoboda” immediately walked away from the militants, having said that the agency “does not support violence”.

“The event takes place quietly, civilly, and peacefully,” stated the reporter of the American agency several minutes later.

However, during an interview with “Radio Svoboda” a representative of the OUN-UPA brotherhood stated that priests of the Moscow Patriarchate have two options: leave Ukraine or to join the Ukrainian separatist-schismatics.

“I call on all Moscow priests to either leave Ukraine, or to come over to our side. All occupants, traitors, and militants should get out of Ukraine!,” said the nationalist.

“All of these demands must be fulfilled by patriotic-nationalist forces, otherwise there won’t be a fast victory,” added the representative of brotherhood of OUN-UPA.

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