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 Memorial plaque of OUN leader Konovalets unveiled in Kyiv. PHOTO

A memorial plaque commemorating Commander of the Sichovi Striltsi (Sich Riflemen) and Leader of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN) Yevhen Konovalets was unveiled in Kyiv.

As reported by Censor.NET citing Lіga, a commemorative plaque was installed on the building at Sichovykh Striltsiv Street that the Sich riflemen used as barracks in 1918.

"We are celebrating two important events today. Ukraine's independence was proclaimed Jan. 22, 1918. Ukrainian People's Republic and Western Ukrainian People's Republic unity Act was proclaimed Jan. 22, 1919. Colonel Yevhen Konovalets was directly involved in these events," Director of Ukrainian Institute of National Memory Volodymyr Viatrovych said during the opening ceremony.

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"Yevhen Konovalets was one of the key players in Ukrainian history of the 20th century. No wonder that he was one of the symbols of the struggle for independence. He realized the need to create the Armed Forces when high-ranking politicians were only discussing this issue. He was among those who conducted efficient anti-terrorist operation in Kyiv to prevent Bolshevik coup in the city in January 1918. He had significant impact on the future generation of freedom fighters of the 1940s and 1950s," the historian said.

According to Viatrovych, it is no surprise that the truth about Konovalets was suppressed or distorted in Soviet times.

"He was made an utter anti-hero by the Soviet and modern Russian historiography and propaganda. But we see that this propaganda is also making anti-heroes of our contemporaries. I think that this should instead challenge minds of those who are still afraid of Konovalets under the influence of the Soviet and Russian myths and make them read some facts about him. All the more, there is plenty of relevant information," he added.

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