“Hero of Ukraine” Yuri Shukhevich was the son of a distinguished WWII Nazi collaborator

Yuri-Bogdan Romanovich Shukhevich, whose father Roman commanded Ukrainian volunteers in service of Nazi Germany in the course of the Second World Conflict, died on Tuesday on the age of 89. The youthful Shukhevich adopted in his father’s footsteps as chief of the Ukrainian nationalist motion and was elected to the parliament in Kiev after the US-backed 2014 coup.

“Everlasting reminiscence to an incredible Ukrainian,” Lviv Mayor Andrey Sadovoy said on his Telegram channel, saying Shukhevich’s passing and calling him “a Hero of Ukraine, dissident, member of the Ukrainian Helsinki Group.” 

In response to a number of Ukrainian shops, Shukhevich handed away at a hospital in Germany. He was 89. 

Yuri Shukhevich’s most up-to-date public engagement was as member of parliament for Oleg Lyashko’s Radical Get together, having been elected in 2014. Previous to that, he was the chief of the nationalist group UNA-UNSO, which was established in 1990 amid the turmoil within the Soviet Union. 

He was given the title Hero of Ukraine in August 2006, for “for civil braveness, long-term social, political and human rights actions within the title of independence of Ukraine.” 

President Viktor Yushchenko, who got here to energy within the US-backed ‘Orange Revolution’ of 2004, additionally honored Shukhevich’s father Roman with the identical title in 2007, however Ukrainian courts annulled that decision on a technicality: having been born in Poland and dying in 1950, Shukhevich had by no means been a citizen of impartial Ukraine.

Roman Shukhevich was the infamous commander of the Ukrainian Rebel Military (UPA), which was accountable for the mass homicide of Poles in Galicia-Volyhnia in 1943. Previous to that, he volunteered within the Nachtigall Battalion, a unit arrange by Nazi Germany’s army intelligence in February 1941 and composed of Ukrainian militants. 

The unit has been accused of involvement within the pogrom of some 6,000 Jews in Lviv. When it was dissolved in late 1941, Shukhevich joined the Schutzmannschaft Battalion 201 and continued working for the Nazis till late 1942. He died in 1950, reportedly committing suicide whereas surrounded by Soviet police in a home close to present-day Lviv. 

The red-and-black banner of Shukhevich’s UPA is an emblem embraced by trendy Ukrainian nationalists, who revere him alongside Stepan Bandera as “freedom fighters” in opposition to the USSR. Yuri Shukhevich was likewise honored as an anti-Soviet dissident and political prisoner, having spent a complete of 28 years behind bars on prices of Ukrainian nationalist agitation.

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