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Nazi Bandera’s Birthday Declared Official Holiday in Ukraine

Dec. 19, 2018 (EIRNS)—Ukraine’s unicameral parliament, Verkhovna Rada, has declared the birthday of Nazi-collaborator Stepan Bandera a national holiday. Bandera was the leader of the pro-Nazi Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists, and has been the icon of Maidan putschists who overthrew the legal government of Viktor Yanukovych in 2014.

“Stepan Bandera was an outstanding figure and theorist of Ukraine’s national liberation movement,” the Ukrainian parliamentary resolution stated. His 110th birthday will be marked on Jan. 1, 2019 and will become an official holiday in Ukraine. Meantime, the Israeli Ambassador to Kiev expressed his shock that the Lviv Oblast had declared it was dedicating the year 2019 to the memory of Bandera.

The OUN, which is still active in Ukraine, is illegal in Russia, and, as recently as July 22, 2016, the Polish parliament passed a document declaring the crimes committed by the OUN and Ukrainian Insurgent Army against the Polish population in 1943 and 1944, a genocide. The two groups headed by Bandera are considered responsible for the murder of at least 1 million people, including 200,000 Poles, these during a massacre in the Volyn Region, in addition to the slaughter of tens of thousands of Jews, Russians, and multitudes of other civilians, reported TASS today.

The IMF, however, announced today that it will “immediately” release a $1.4 billion tranche of aid to this Nazi regime, in order, it said, to “provide an anchor” for Ukrainian authorities.

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