Today, October 14, 2022, Volodymyr Zelenskyy‘s Ukraine officially celebrates the Ukraine Defenders Day, an euphemism for the 80th anniversary, precisely, of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA), which has been formed in 1942, no ambiguity on the site of the State Ukrainian Institute of National Memory.
The UPA was the military branch of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN), its faction that Stepan Bandera was leading in Nazi occupied Poland, now Western Ukraine
Stepan Bandera (1909-1959) was a nationalist leader, born in Galicia, Austro-Hungarian empire, then Poland, when in 1934, he engineered the assassination of the Polish interior minister. The German invasion freed him and in 1940, he was managing the radical faction of the OUN, a partnership with Abwehr (German military intelligence) and Gestapo. At the beginning of the Nazi offensive against Soviet Union, in June 1941, he pled with Adolf Hitler for an independent fascist Ukraine, ally of Nazi Germany, that he declared unilaterally in the occupied territories one week later. The German authorities had enjoyed the death of 4,000 Jewish civilians, whom the nationalists had slaughtered in Lviv and nearby cities a few days before, but disagreed on the independent stuff, arrested him temporarily in July. After the war, Bandera sought shelter in West Germany, where the US intelligence and Nazi underground groups were protecting him. The KGB managed to denazify him in Munich, on October 15, 1959
Since the 1930s, the OUN had always been an auxiliary organization of the German intelligence against Poland and Soviet Union. When they finally understood that the German Nazis would not grant them an independent fascist State, ally of Germany, the Ukrainian nationalists formed the UPA. Among lies and myths that many Ukrainians are broadcasting with the complacency of some Western media and politicians, especially in Canada, where the Ukrainian immigration is severe, one is that the Ukrainian nationalists would have fought against the German Nazis. FAKE. The Ukrainian nationalists, the OUN, the UPA, have NEVER fought against Nazi Germany. Actually, the German authorities did not give a damn about UPA, because Bandera’s thugs were carrying out ethnic cleansing, later fought against the enemies of the Nazis, the Red Army. Between late 1942 and 1945, they slaughtered Polish civilians, at least 50,000, maybe 100,000. There were anti-Nazi partisans in nowadays Ukraine, they were Poles or Soviet fighters
The same day, Volodymyr Zelenskyy awards the title of Hero of Ukraine to 99-year-old Myroslav Simchych, a documented war criminal. While he was captain within the UPA, on October 23, 1944, his men attacked a Polish village, where they slaughtered 81 civilians, men, women and children, 66 Poles, 14 Ukrainians and one Russian. After massacre and looting, the assailants burned 49 houses
The Ukrainian nationalists, many political formations nowadays, are still bearing the red and black flag of the UPA. Their new Untermenschen are Russian-speaking separatist militants and civilians in the east.