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Is the U.S. Backing Neo-Nazis in Ukraine?

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Still an active and influential lobbying force in Washington, the UCCA does not appear to have shed its reverence for Banderist nationalism. In 2009, on the 50th anniversary of Bandera's death, the group proclaimed him "a symbol of strength and righteousness for his followers" who "continue[s] to inspire Ukrainians today." A year later, the group honored the 60th anniversary of the death of Roman Shukhevych, the OUN-B commander of the Nachtigall Battalion that slaughtered Jews in Lviv and Belarus, calling him a "hero" who "fought for honor, righteousness..."

Back in Ukraine in 2010, then-President Viktor Yushchenko awarded Bandera the title of "National Hero of Ukraine," marking the culmination of his efforts to manufacture an anti-Russian national narrative that sanitized the OUN-B's fascism. (Yuschenko's wife, Katherine Chumachenko, was a former Reagan administration official and ex-staffer at the right-wing Heritage Foundation). When the European Parliament condemned Yushchenko's proclamation as an affront to "European values," the UCCA-affiliated Ukrainian World Congress reacted with outrage, accusing the EU of "another attempt to rewrite Ukrainian history during WWII." On its website, the UCCA dismissed historical accounts of Bandera's collaboration with the Nazis as "Soviet propaganda."

Following the demise of Yanukovich this month, the UCCA helped organize rallies in cities across the US in support of the EuroMaidan protests. When several hundred demonstrators marched through downtown Chicago, some waved Ukrainian flags while others proudly flew the red and black banners of the UPA and OUN-B. "USA supports Ukraine!" they chanted.

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Russia is right that there was coup in Ukraine due... by Ethan Hollow on Wednesday, Feb 26, 2014 at 12:16:04 AM
You seem to write with an accent. Do I understand... by Jim Arnold on Wednesday, Feb 26, 2014 at 1:46:40 PM
Here we can find what is different between fascist... by Ethan Hollow on Wednesday, Feb 26, 2014 at 12:21:35 AM
Why not?US backed al Qaeda in Libya and Syria. ... by George W.Reichel on Wednesday, Feb 26, 2014 at 12:16:51 PM
_ RIGHT,  predator USA usually back any and a... by jean labrek on Thursday, Feb 27, 2014 at 2:52:30 PM
It is ridiculous to suggest that the U.S., UCCA,... by George Masni on Wednesday, Feb 26, 2014 at 3:09:29 PM
If the US supports "the establishment of a free a... by Jim Arnold on Wednesday, Feb 26, 2014 at 10:50:32 PM
I think your first point refers to lobby groups. ... by George Masni on Thursday, Feb 27, 2014 at 12:40:02 AM
Thank you. This is from a letter/article of a ge... by BFalcon on Thursday, Feb 27, 2014 at 12:12:19 AM
Continued: "These military firearms were only "li... by BFalcon on Thursday, Feb 27, 2014 at 12:13:02 AM
 Further from the article: "   Neo-Libe... by BFalcon on Thursday, Feb 27, 2014 at 12:15:15 AM
And, again quoting: "Media Propaganda Right a... by BFalcon on Thursday, Feb 27, 2014 at 12:16:51 AM
Glorious USA has a tricked corrupt democracy (vote... by jean labrek on Thursday, Feb 27, 2014 at 3:05:53 PM
Your and Nuland mention, US invested 5 billion in ... by jean labrek on Thursday, Feb 27, 2014 at 3:32:02 PM
What the US is doing is trying to get the New Worl... by Catherine McCoy on Wednesday, Feb 26, 2014 at 3:41:48 PM
Please read above. ... by BFalcon on Thursday, Feb 27, 2014 at 12:22:52 AM
Nice to see the apologists out! If the UCCA and U... by George Eliason on Thursday, Feb 27, 2014 at 2:13:07 AM