Polish President Lech Kaczynski has said adecree by outgoing Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko to declareStepan Bandera, whom many see as a Nazi collaborator during WWII, anational hero, runs contrary to the historical truth
Bandera was a leader of the Ukrainian national movement in WesternUkraine and headed the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN) in1941-1959. The Soviet authorities accused him of numerous acts ofmurder and terrorism and authorized his assassination by the KGB inMunich, Germany, on October 15, 1959.
“An estimate of activities of the Organization of UkrainianNationalists and the Ukrainian Insurgent Army is categorically negativein Poland,” Kaczynski said in a statement.
He said the OUN and the UIA “carried out large-scale massacres” ofthe Polish people in eastern territories of the former Rech Pospolita,and “more than 100,000 Poles died just because they were Poles. “Thesekillings raise unambiguous protest in Polish society,” he said.
“The Ukrainian president’s latest actions are aimed against theprocess of historical dialogue and reconciliation. Current politicalinterests defeated the historical truth,” the president added.
Previously, Yushchenko awarded the Hero of Ukraine title to another leader of Ukrainian nationalists, Roman Shukhevych.