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Monuments to Collaborators

Monuments to Collaborators Monument to Stepan Bandera in Lviv.

The erection of monuments to soldiers of the SS Galicia division began back in 2004, with the coming to power of President Viktor Yushchenko. During President Viktor Yanukovych’s term, new monuments to the UPA soldiers were not erected, although the old ones were not dismantled either. Approximately the same situation has developed with the monuments in honour of the soldier of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA).

The erection of monuments to the collaborators continued after the so-called. “revolution of dignity” in February 2014. Since the end of 2014, the highest representatives of the state took an active part in such events. In autumn 2015, President Poroshenko opened a monument to the Metropolitan of the Greek Catholic Church A. Sheptytsky (1900-1944) in Lviv, who cooperated with the German occupation authorities in Ukraine during the Second World War.

Monuments to Stepan Bandera, along with monuments to Roman Shukhevich, Evgeny Konovalets and other leaders of the UPA and OUN, are one of the venerated symbols of Ukrainian nationalists. Their number also increased sharply after February 2014, although they are mainly placed in the three western regions of the country - Lviv, Ternopil and Ivano-Frankivsk. If in 2011 there were 17 Bandera monuments in these three regions, by the end of 2015 their number had increased to 44.

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