Kyiv Post | 26Jan2010 | Interfax-Ukraine
Russia strongly criticizes hero
title award for Bandera
Moscow, January 26, 2010 (Interfax) - The Russian Foreign Ministry has called
"repulsive" the decision by Ukrainian President Victor Yushchenko to
award Stepan Bandera with the Hero of Ukraine title.
"The decree awarding Bandera the Hero of Ukraine title is an event of
such a repulsive nature that it could not fail to cause an
unambiguously negative reaction, primarily in Ukraine," the ministry
said in a statement issued on Jan. 26, 2010.
A number of Ukrainian politicians have already said that these sort of
decisions do not help consolidate the Ukrainian public opinion, the
Russia Foreign Ministry said. "It prompted many negative reactions from
outside Ukraine as well," it said.
"As for the Russian reaction, media outlets and public organizations
have made exhaustive statements on this matter, the tone of their
assessments ranging from pungent irony to harsh criticism, which is in
full agreement with the public sentiments and opinion in Russia," the
Russian Foreign Ministry said.
President Victor Yushchenko, who came fifth at the Jan. 17, 2010 election,
said on the Day of Ukrainian Unity last week that he had signed a
decree conferring the Hero of Ukraine title on Stepan Bandera, who was
accused by many of cooperating with the Nazis during World War II.
Bandera was killed by a Soviet KGB agent in Munich in [Oct. 15] 1959.
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