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 Remains of Bandera, Petliura and Konovalets must be returned to Ukraine, - Kyrylenko

Vice Prime Minister Viacheslav Kyrylenko says the remains of leader of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists Stepan Bandera, leader of the Ukrainian People's Republic Symon Petliura and founder and leader of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists Yevhen Konovalets must be returned to Ukraine.

Censor.NET reports referring to Kyrylenko's Twitter page.

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"It's necessary to return Petliura, Bandera, Konovalets to Ukraine," he wrote.

He also stressed the need to build a pantheon with graves of honorary Ukrainians of the past and anti-terrorist operation (ATO) heroes.

Earlier, the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine spoke in favor of taking the remains of Yaroslav the Wise, supposedly kept in the U.S., back to Kyiv should their authenticity be confirmed.

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The idea of establishing a pantheon with graves of prominent Ukrainians became urgent after a forced exhumation of the remains of Ukrainian poet, writer and playwright Oleksandr Oles in Prague.

On Tuesday, Jan. 3, the remains of Oles and his wife were exhumed in Prague. Under the Czech laws, after a burial, the relatives or friends of a deceased person have to pay a rent for a place in the cemetery in the amount of 20,000 krones ($773,05) for a 10-year period. Until recently, the rent for the grave of Oles had been paid by native of Ukraine Volodymyr Mykhailyshyn of his own volition. However, Mykhailyshyn has died recently, and his son wants to bury him in the grave of Oles.

The remains of Oleksandr Oles and his wife have been moved to the cemetery depository for the time being until his Canada-based relatives decide on the final resting place.

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko instructed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine to ensure the transportation of the remains of Oleksandr Oles and organize a proper reburial ceremony.
 
 
 
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