Ukraine declares 2019 as Bandera Year


The Zhytomyr Regional Council declared 2019 as Bandera Year, to celebrate one of the founders of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN, banned in Russia), Stepan Bandera. This was reported on Thursday, July 26, on the website of the regional council.

The decision was made to celebrate Bandera’s 100th birthday. “An appropriate plan of events for the celebration of Stepan Bandera’s birthday will be developed, and funds will be allocated to finance the activities when forming the budget for 2019,” the report said.

Also, the regional council recommended that the city council of Zhytomyr allocate funds for the installation of a monument to Bandera.

In February, the Kiev City Council gave permission for the red-black flag of the OUN to be hung on the administrative buildings in the city during some solemn days of celebration. The exact list of days was not defined; it was proposed to include dates such as January 1 (the birthday of OUN founder Stepan Bandera), February 3 (the founding day of the OUN), March 5 (the anniversary of the death of the commander-in-chief of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army in Russia, Roman Shukhevych), and a number of other dates. Deputies of the Lviv City Council issued a similar recommendation on February 15.

In the same month, the city council of Ternopil decided to raise the OUN flag during ceremonial and festive events. In January, the Lviv Regional Council approved the usage of the OUN red-and-black flag. It was recommended to hang it on the buildings of the authorities during the celebration of nine dates related to “outstanding events of the national liberation struggle and honoring the memory of heroes.”

The UPA militants (the military wing of the OUN) in 1943 organized the so-called Volhynia massacre – the ethnic cleansing of the Polish population. According to various estimates, from 30,000 to 100,000 people were slaughtered in mass-killings. One of the OUN leaders was Stepan Bandera.

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