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MPs in W. Ukrainian Lvov demand Poroshenko reinstate Nazi collaborators as heroes
The city council of Lvov in western Ukraine has urged the Nazi collaborators and nationalist icons, Stepan Bandera and Roman Shukhevich, be reinstated as heroes of Ukraine.
“We demand the president of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko,  reissue a decree awarding Stepan Bandera and Roman Shukhevich the  title of heroes of Ukraine,” says an address by Lvov’s city  council, as cited by Ukraine's UNIAN news agency.   

 According to the MPs behind the claim, the move would confirm  Poroshenko as “an independent president of the Ukrainian  state, for which the head of the Organization of Ukrainian  Nationalists (OUN), Stepan Bandera, and commander of the  Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA), Roman Shukhevich, fought and gave  their lives.”

Bandera and Shukhevich were awarded the title of heroes of  Ukraine in 2007 and 2010 respectively, under President Viktor  Yushchenko, who came to power in 2005 after the Orange  Revolution.   

 But the Nazi collaborators were deprived of the honors as soon as  Viktor Yanukovych, who was mainly supported in the eastern  regions of the country, came to power.

In April 2010, Donetsk District Administrative Court declared  Yushchenko’s decrees to award Bandera and Shukhevich the titles  of heroes of Ukraine illegal.   

 There were several appeals to higher judiciaries against the  Donetsk court ruling, but they were all turned down.   

 Bandera’s Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN)  nationalist movement collaborated with Nazi Germany during World  War II and was involved in the ethnic cleansing of Poles, Jews,  and Russians.   

 The Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA), which Shukhevich headed, was  OUN’s military wing.   

 In the summer of 1941, Bandera called on “the people of  Ukraine to help the German army to defeat Moscow and  Bolshevism.”   

However, Bandera and Hitler failed to reach an agreement as Nazi  Germany refused to support the idea of an independent Ukrainian  state.

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