Poroshenko’s Open Support for Banderists on the 75th Anniversary of the Foundation of UPA in Kiev

Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard



More than 20,000 nationalists held a torchlight procession in the center of Kiev, celebrating the 75th anniversary of the formation of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army, which is known for collaborating with Hitler’s Germany during the Great Patriotic War.

All radical nationalist movements, including Right Sector, the National Corpus party, and Svoboda participated in the event.

The participants of the procession burned torches and shouted “Glory to nation – death to enemies!”, “Ukraine above all!”, “Glory to Kievan Rus, Novorossiya can suck it!”, “We will hang the dog Avakov on the tree branches!”, “The power of idiots in prison put patriots!”, “Bandera is our hero, Holy protection is our celebration!”, and so on. The event was guarded by some thousands of police officers.

Before the procession a rally took place, during which leaders of nationalist organizations spoke. They said that the audience are the successors of UPA, and spoke about the need to fight against external and internal enemies.

The main internal enemy is the oligarchical “power, which pursues patriots”. The main external enemy is Russia, “which Ukraine fights against in Donbass”.

This year the list of external enemies was expanded with other neighbors, first of all – Hungary and Poland. Nationalists are outraged by the negative reaction of Budapest towards closing Hungarian schools in Transcarpathia, and also the condemnation by Warsaw of the glorification of UPA, which committed ethnic cleaning of the Polish population.

These alleged lawyers try to profit from the weakness of the present corrupt power in Ukraine and humiliate Ukrainians,” said the leader of the party “Svoboda” Oleg Tyagnybok. “The Poles say: nobody will let you to Europe with Bandera and Shukhevych. And how were they let into Europe with Piłsudski? Hungarians are now staging complete hysterics for the whole world, supposedly they say, open schools with the Hungarian language for them. And how many Ukrainian schools are there in Hungary? Zero”.

Also, the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko took part in a solemn swearing of an oath by pupils of the Kiev military lyceum named by Ivan Bogun on Sofiyskaya Square in Kiev.

In the address of the President to the Ukrainian people on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the creation of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army, Poroshenko said that “the best sons and daughters of the Ukrainian people courageously resisted two powerful totalitarian regimes, each of which sought to enslave or exterminate us”.

“For most of our grandfathers and great-grandfathers, the war ended in May 1945. But not for the UPA warriors. Their struggle with the communist totalitarian regime lasted for more than another ten years,” noted Poroshenko.

But in modern Ukraine, the President emphasized, “participants of the national liberation movement are recognized by our State, and their feats will always remain as an example for the future generations”.


Just in case the casual observer of modern-day Ukraine thinks that such manifestations are few and far between, or that worshipers of Nazi collaborators like Bandera and Shukhevych are simply the voice of the minority, the very fact that the coup President of Ukraine utters the words “their [UPA’s] feats will always remain an example for future generations” is enough of an indication that fascism is indeed the State ideology of Ukraine under Petro Poroshenko.

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Of course, if there are still any doubts, here is a photo taken in Kiev on the same day (October 14th), in which some bright examples of the modern Ukrainian identity can be seen…

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