Vasyl Makukh, a member of the Ukrainian resistance movement in the USSR and the Ukrainian Insurgent Army member, has committed act of self-immolation in protest against the colonial subjugation of Ukraine, policy of Russification and Soviet aggression in Czechoslovakia on Khreshchatyk Street in Kyiv Nov. 5, 1968, Censor.NET reports citing Hromadske Radіo.
Vasyl Makukh was born in the Lviv region when it was part of Poland. He was member of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army. He was sentenced to 10 years of hard labor and served his term of imprisonment in the concentration camps of Siberia.
Vasyl Makukh with his wife and daughter
Nov.5, 1968, Kyiv residents were preparing for the biggest Bolshevist holiday - the anniversary of the October Revolution. Khreshchatyk was crowded with people.
Passers-by suddenly saw a man in flames, who ran out from the entrance of the house on 27 Khreshchatyk Street (near the Bessarabskyi Market). He was heard to shout: "Invaders out of Ukraine!", "Long live free Ukraine!"
The burning man had attracted attention of all those who then turned out to be on Khreshchatyk. The police began to disperse the people in order to reduce the number of witnesses as much as possible. Finally, the man has fallen on the ground exhausted from the pain. Doctors at the hospital were ordered to save the man's life at any cost to find out whether he belonged to a nationalist organization.
Vasyl Makukh died Nov. 6, 1968 without regaining consciousness.
Foreign radio stations all over the world reported Nov. 5 in the evening: "A citizen of Ukraine Vasyl Makukh, a member of the Ukrainian resistance movement in the USSR and the Ukrainian Insurgent Army member, has committed act of self-immolation in Kyiv, protesting against the colonial subjugation of Ukraine, policy of Russification, and Soviet aggression in Czechoslovakia. The whole progressive world community bows its head to the courageous act of the Ukrainian patriot."