Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard
Deputy of the Verkhovna Rada from the Radical Party of Lyashko, Igor Mosiychuk, stated that the leaders of the Cuban revolution Fidel Castro and Ernesto Che Guevara collaborated with Ukrainian nationalists.
“It was no-one else but Ukrainian nationalists who helped to stage a revolution and the coming to power in Cuba of Fidel Castro,” the politician wrote on his page on Facebook. “Fidel Castro’s quote is known: “If they were not here (Banderists), we would have never progressed beyond the suburbs of Santiago”. The plan of the capture of the city of Santa Clara was established to the details in the headquarters of the OUN (b), and was brilliantly executed by Che Guevara”.
According to Mosiychuk, Che Guevara and Fidel were planning to move the leadership of the OUN and Stepan Bandera personally to Havana. Fidel’s brother Raul Castro allegedly was very against this, “who was firmly orientated towards close cooperation with the Soviet Union. It’s him who reported to Moscow concerning the plans of his brother and Che Guevara”.
“After analyzing the data, Khrushchev ordered to accelerate the operation on the elimination of Bandera. “If we don’t get rid of him now, tomorrow all of Havana will become yellow-blue,” he said in a private conversation with the head of the KGB Aleksandr Shelepin,” wrote Mosiychuk. “Several sources claim that the despite between Guevara and Castro was caused especially by the role of Raul in the murder of Bandera. Even after the complete reorientation towards the Soviet Union, Fidel always separately distinguished Ukrainians. After the Chernobyl disaster, thousands of Ukrainian children at the invitation of Fidel were treated in Cuba. Anyway, Cuba has lost its father and mourns him.”
We note that Mosiychuk presented as truth the information posted by blogger Aleksandra Shelkovenko, who made a parody about Ukrainian myth-making.
Radicals remain undecided about Castro
The leader of Radical party Oleg Lyashko earlier on his page expressed condolences in connection with death of the leader of Cuba: “Fidel Castro died. The world has lost a living legend. I sincerely sympathize with the brotherly Cuban people”
Deputy of Lyashko, people’s Deputy Andrey Lozovoy, spoke about the death of Castro in a completely different way:
“If General Fulgencio Batista in 1959 didn’t lose power – probably, Cuba would now be the most developed resort in the Caribbean. And what did Communists do to this fabulous island? Total poverty. Unfinished factories. Soviet-esque houses. Antediluvian cars,” wrote the Deputy on Facebook. The country’s economy for a long time was kept only thanks to the subsidies of the USSR. After its collapse, Cuba was choked by an epidemic of starvation and only survived “only thanks to Fidel and a chicken egg.” In honor of this egg, a monument in Havana was even erected. An epoch died. An epoch of unrealized dreams.”
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