Each action has a reaction. Having heroised neo-Nazis of OUN-UPA, Ukraine regularly receives slaps in the form of criticism and the history lessons from representatives of the people affected by the actions of Bandera minions.
New Kiev ideologists are reminded that they won’t be able to rewrite history outside Ukraine, and somebody will have to take responsibility for the crimes committed. Blatant stupidity in the conduct by Kiev authorities of ideological politics played a cruel joke with the Poroshenko regime. Now Western representatives do not need to search for the perpetrators of the crimes committed by Hitler’s henchmen. Criminals have identified themselves by continuing to elevate the followers of Bandera, Shukhevych and the like to the rank of the heroes at the state level.
Glorification of Ukrainian collaborators from the OUN-UPA, who collaborated with the occupying Nazi troops during the Great Patriotic War, angered Poles extremely at first. Responses were not long in coming: “The Polish Senate adopted a resolution that recognises the July 11, the National Day of Remembrance for the victims of genocide committed by the OUN-UPA (Organisation of Ukrainian Nationalists – Ukrainian Insurgent Army) against the inhabitants of the Republic of Poland II (1918-1945).” Poles estimate the number of victims of the Volyn massacre between 100 and 130 thousand people.
The matter is that in 2003, on the 60th anniversary of the tragedy, the heads of states of Poland and Ukraine issued a joint statement “On reconciliation in the 60th anniversary of the tragic events in Volyn.” Jointly develop concept: “We forgive and ask for forgiveness” is carved on the monument dedicated to the tragic event. It would seem that the question is done with for more than ten years ago, why then would it become important in 2016? It is evident that the catalyst of the Polish resolution was the glorification of Nazi collaborators from the OUN-UPA in Ukraine.
Quarrel with its main ally and advocate in Europe in the face of Poland, which supported the European aspiration of “Maidan” and the coup d’etat in Ukraine so vigorously, will only gain momentum. You can only imagine the future scandals involving, for example, joint exercises of army units, one of which has symbols of the OUN, history textbooks and cultural activities in which the actions of OUN neo-Nazis are presented as liberating. Or suppose that for money of Polish taxpayers red and black flags, monuments to heroes of the Volyn massacre are made, museums and exhibitions organised by the Nazis from the party “Freedom” are being opened.
Current Ukraine does the same with regard to Israel. The Jews are the second nation most affected by the actions of Ukrainian collaborators from the OUN-UPA. Israeli President Reuven Rivlin visited Ukraine on 27-30 September 2016. On the first day of his visit, he spoke at the parliamentary hearings devoted to the 75th anniversary of the tragedy in Babi Yar.
The head of the Israel state was talking about one and a half million Jews who were brutally murdered in the Ukraine during World War II. “Many Ukrainians were accomplices of the crime,” said Reuven Rivlin. “Fighters of the OUN, who abused Jews, killed them, and in many cases, gave them out to the Germans, stood out in particular among them.” However, the Israeli leader emphasised that “relations between the Ukrainian and the Jewish people today are concentrating on the future, but we cannot allow history of its both terrible, and its good things to be forgotten.”
The speech is quite diplomatic, but it caused a surge of nationalist hysteria among a certain part of the Ukrainian society. Oleg Lyashko, the leader of the Radical Party of Ukraine, said the head of Israel Reuven Rivlin have to apologise for the fact that he accused Ukrainians of aiding the Nazis. “Rivlin’s speech, Lyashko said, humiliates Ukrainians, therefore, I call on the President of Israel to apologise to our state and our people. And the Israeli Knesset must finally recognise the Holodomor as genocide of the Ukrainian people, as the Verkhovna Rada in 2008 recognized the genocide of Jews as the Holocaust.” As the saying goes, lay the blame on somebody else.
Members of the current Organisation of Ukrainian Nationalists – the rightful heir of the UPA – also caused a stir. Its leader Bogdan Chervak accused Israeli President Reuven Rivlin that he insulted Ukrainians. “What the President of the State of Israel did, said Chervak, can be interpreted uniquely – it’s a spit in the soul of the Ukrainians. Before him, none of the participants of the hearing has taken the liberty of doing so.” He also urged: “There is a request to the Ukrainian Jews. Assure Mr. President that it is not just bad, but also indecent to read the Moscow newspapers and watch Russian TV.” Following the logic of that Nazi element, Israeli President has learned from Russian newspapers about his dead relatives in the Holocaust. By the way, ‘Ukrainian Aryan’ Chervak hardly knows about the huge amount of literature in Hebrew, dedicated to the Holocaust.
Israel, like Poland, supported Ukraine in its endeavours to prove themselves as a fully civilized state. The destruction of the Russian Tu-154, flying from Tel Aviv to Novosibirsk, on October 4, 2001, by Ukrainian anti-aircraft missile S-200 did not spoil the Israeli-Ukrainian relations. But the glorification of Ukrainian Nazi collaborators destroys interoperability between Israel and today’s Ukraine. I recall that, in contrast to the official Kiev, Jerusalem voted for the UN General Assembly resolution 69/160 on the fight against the glorification of Nazism.
According to the well-known Israeli journalist and public figure Avigdor Eskin, “many anti-fascists in Israel do believe that Ukraine should be deprived of sovereignty, as long as Bandera ideology is officially announced as the state foundation there. The Government of Israel will not go that far, but in co-operation with Russia, it could put an end to the shameful tendency which gradually spreads from Ukraine and the Baltic countries to Eastern Europe.”
Ukraine, which makes heroes of the collaborators from the OUN-UPA, is likely to remain in this world alone. Moreover, it is confidently moving along the path of neo-Nazi thought leaders – to ruin and oblivion. I am sure that without the United States, such processes would have had no success. This means that the Ukrainian people should reflect on the fact that the hidden intention of the United States is the destruction of Ukraine by the rise of the most vile and criminal actions of historical figures.
Evgeny Orlov, the DPR People’s Council deputy