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Volume 46 Number 10, April 16, 2016 ARCHIVE HOME JBCENTRE SUBSCRIBE

British Government Whitewashes Fascist Bandera Cult in Ukraine

The British government through its Embassy in Kiev is funding a so-called "peace-building school" in Ukraine. This so-called "peace building" consists of sanitising and glorifying the historical role of the Nazi-collaborator, Stepan Bandera, whose crimes against humanity in World War Two - not least against the Polish and Russian peoples and Jews - are well documented.

Held in Krasnoarmiysk, 50 kilometres from the contact line with the forces of the Donetsk People's Republic, an event sponsored by the British Embassy in Kiev entitled "Stepan Bandera: Myths and Reality" brought teachers from the Ukrainian Peacebuilding School together with leading Ukrainian Army Officers, local citizens, teachers and children in an ideological lecture about Ukrainian Nazi collaborator Stepan Bandera.

The Donetsk education project of the Ukrainian Peacebuilding School in Krasnoarmiysk is run by the infamous Nataliya Zubar, Chair of the Maidan Monitoring Information Centre, who has been linked with publishing a hit-list of pro-Russian activists. Both Zubar and her other project the Peacekeeper website and the OUN Battalion have also been linked to killing of Ukrainian anti-fascist journalist, Oles Buzyna. The guest speaker at the meeting was from "The Committee of State Ideology" an organisation run by the Executive Committee of the Ukraine Rada (national parliament).

The meeting opened with the speaker chillingly stating: "Today - probably not for the first time in Donetsk region - but for the first time in the town of Krasnoarmeisk - we are holding this kind of event. And during the event we should do our part to refute the myths - Soviet myths - about the fighters for the independence of Ukraine. We should do everything so that the truth about Stepan Bandera and those he surrounded himself with, their path of self-sacrifice, be known to every Ukrainian. We invited here not only local citizens, but also history teachers, school librarians - those who should convey to the children the real history, and not a mythology imposed by the Soviet government."

In May 2015, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko signed the "de-communisation law" as a direct consequence of which Ukraine's largest political party, the Communist Party, has been banned and the Soviet history of Ukraine is being officially replaced by a false version of history based on the ideology of Nazi collaborator Stepan Bandera - with the assistance of the British government.

We call on the working class and people to condemn the British government's support for these historical falsifications, and for Britain to withdraw all military and economic assistance to the government of Ukraine.

(Solidarity with the Antifascist Resistance in Ukraine)


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