#Commentary of Miroslav Rudenko on unveiling of monument to Nazi Shukhevich in Lvov
Another monument to the “hero of Ukraine” Roman Shukhevich was recently unveiled in Lvov on Kovelskaya Street. The monument was created on the site of the cache of the Volyn massacre’s nurser, one of the ideologists and founders of the OUN and the commander-in-chief of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army.
We also remember that Shukhevich was a Hauptsturmfuhrer, one of the commanders of the Nachtigal division. He was involved in the the creation of the “Ukrainian People’s Militia” in Lvov, which played a key role in the Lvov pogrom. He is also credited with participating in the destruction of the Polish and Ukrainian intelligentsia of Western Ukraine’s capital.
The world remembers the Volyn massacre. The first cases of the genocide of the Polish population, as we know, were recorded back in 1941, but reached their peak in 1943. It was in August 1943 that Shukhevich became commander-in-chief of the UPA. It is difficult to consider this a coincidence or an accident, given the life and views of an SS man.
The title of “Hero of Ukraine” was awarded to Shukhevich during Yushchenko’s presidency. And Kuchma initiated the first acquisitive historical research on Shukhevich. It is no wonder that for so many years the heroism of Nazism has grown into Ukrainian soil and gave violent shoots.
Therefore, it is only natural that in a country with such “heroes”, a deputy of the Verkhovna Rada can publicly call residents of the Donbass “cockroaches” and not finish his political career after that. Even public censure for calls for genocide did not follow in Ukraine.
Such statements could be ignored if they were isolated. But the problem is that such views are expressed by the majority of Ukrainian politicians and public figures. A fresh example is the interview of former Prime Minister of Ukraine Yekhanurov to one of the Ukrainian TV channels, in which he talks about the need to defeat the rights of the inhabitants of the Donbass. The politician emphasizes that the Donbass should not be given the right to be equal to other regions of Ukraine.
The proposal of Avakov, the head of the law enforcement agency of Ukraine, to adopt the law “on collaborators” is not surprising at all against this background. This is how he interpreted the demands of the US State Department Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker to fulfill Ukrainian obligations under the Minsk agreements.
All these facts show that Ukrainian Nazism has taken deep roots. The process of upbringing of the Nazi political elite and the intelligentsia began a very long time and continues intensively, spreading onto children and adolescents. It is impossible to change as long as Ukraine has such heroes as Shukhevich.
Miroslav Rudenko, the DPR People’s Council deputy