During WWII, large sections of the Ukrainian population collaborated with Nazi Germany, before later fighting with the Soviets. It is estimated that 25% of Ukraine sympathizes with this historical Nazi-connected movement.
During recent peace negotiations in an attempt to reach a ceasefire and end the conflict in Eastern Europe, the Ukrainian delegation showed up dressed in flight jackets of ‘Air Holychyna, a division of the Waffen SS during WWII, in order to taunt the Russian delegation.
Below is photo documentation of the Ukrainian delegation at recent ceasefire talks, and photo evidence of the jackets worn, along with information on the Halychyna division of the Nazi armed forces during WWII.
An open-air exhibition in honour of SS Halychyna, a Waffen SS division made up of Ukrainian volunteers, in Lviv. Source: Exhibition organisers / Zakhid.net.
Sixty years ago, on July 16, 1944 the Ukrainians of the Halychyna SS division engaged Soviet troops near the Western Ukrainian town of Brody. A week later, only 3,000 out of their original 14,000 were alive, and the Soviets, fulfilling Stalin’s order to take no prisoners, killed them as “deserters” from the Red Army, wrote the Kyiv Post.
Specifically named…were the Organisation of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN) and its militant offshoot the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA). Both organisations were radically anti-Semitic and anti-Polish and engaged in widespread violence against both groups. By the end of the Second World War, several thousand Jews and up to a hundred thousand Poles (though estimates vary) were dead at their hands. This wasn’t a hidden agenda. In its 1941 manifesto, the Stepan Bandera wing of the OUN explicitly called on its members to “liquidate undesirable Poles, Muscovites, and Jews”. A significant portion of the group’s leadership served at one time or another in German-led military formations engaged in crimes against humanity. This reality has been obscured by the Ukrainian government and its in-house historian Volodymyr Viatrovych, who heads the Ukrainian Institute of National Memory, wrote Open Democracy.
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