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 Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA) and other organizations recognized by Rada as Ukraine's freedom fighters

The Parliament of Ukraine passed a bill on recognizing organizations that fought for Ukraine's independence in the 20th century.

As reported by Censor.NET, the law provides for the recognition of the following organizations: the Union for the Liberation of Ukraine, the Ukrainian Sichovi Striltsi (Sich Riflemen, units that took part in the WWI - ed.), the Ukrainian People's Republic (UNR), the Hetmanate (the Ukrainian State of Pavlo Skoropadsky - ed.), the West Ukrainian People's Republic (ZUNR), the guerrilla and militia units of the Dnipro region, the Carpathian Sich, the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA), the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN), the Sejm of the Carpathian Ukraine, and the Ukrainian Helsinki group.

The bill has been voted in favor by 271 members of parliament.

First Vice-Speaker Andrii Parubii called it a historic decision.

Speaking deputies noted that this decision had to be made 24 years ago. Radical Party MP Ihor Mosiichuk noted that the adoption of this law not only restores historical justice but also demonstrate the duration of the Ukrainian state from the UNR, as well as from the moment of restoration of the Ukrainian state in Lviv on June 30, 1941 and up to the present day.

Head of the Samopomich faction Oleh Bereziuk noted that the bill, which had been introduced by Yurii Shukhevych, is a dual symbol: "This is a restoration of historical continuum and justice. There is no heroism here. We do what we should have done 24 years ago."

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Under the law, the state will be able provide social guarantees, benefits, and other payments to fighters for Ukrainian independence in the twentieth century and their families.

The state provides for a comprehensive study of the history of the struggle for Ukrainian independence in the twentieth century, as well as its fighters. Citizens of Ukraine, foreigners and stateless persons who publicly manifest disregard for the persons referred to in Article 1 of this law, and undermine the rights of the fighters for the independence of Ukraine in the 20th century, shall bear responsibility in accordance with the current legislation of Ukraine.

Public denial of legitimacy of the struggle for Ukrainian independence in the twentieth century is recognized as an outrage upon the memory of the fighters for the independence of Ukraine in the 20th century, upon the dignity of the Ukrainian people, and shall be deemed unlawful.



   
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