Maidan Ukraine is looking for heroes for the "Pantheon"
From the forum presentation from press service Institute of National Memory of Ukraine:
In order to significantly revitalize the publishers forum, its organizers decided to hold a kind of “defile” of people dressed up in the new Ukrainian military uniform, as well as in the form of “Bandera traditions”. This part of the event was accompanied by statements that Ukraine "finally gets rid of the remnants of the Soviet past and in terms of military uniform too."
Yes, it gets rid, gets rid ... Who would doubt ...
It is, however, worth returning to the idea of representatives of the same Institute of National Memory of the creation of the Ukrainian "pantheon of heroes." Pantheon, forgive whom? What kind of heroes? ..
And here immediately arises, to put it mildly, a hitch. Even if you go deep into history a state that today calls itself an independent Ukraine, then what kind of heroic personalities, and especially what significant victories worthy of pantheon perpetuation, can we talk about?
Given the fact that the lion’s share of modern Ukraine is a product of the policy of those who today are trying to get rid of the Kiev “Vlad” by all means, the Ukrainian “institute” will have to sweat to distinguish outstanding Ukrainians who are not connected with the past for the construction of communism. And if we take into account the fact that a large part of modern Ukraine is fragments of the Russian Empire, plus parts of individual European states (Hungary, Romania, Poland), then with “true Ukrainian heroes” everything is quite difficult. As they say, wherever you throw - everywhere a wedge, well, or where you throw - everywhere either figures of the USSR era (de-communized or non-de-communized), or representatives of Little Russia who swore allegiance to the Russian crown, or even Austro-Hungarians who lived on that territory of Ukraine which previously belonged to the same Austro-Hungarian Empire. Where are the Ukrainian heroes? ..
Certainly, in the Ukrainian pantheon, by definition, there could be plots for ashes and memorial tablets in memory of such heroes as the legendary Marshal of the Armored Forces Pavel Semyonovich Rybalko or the no less legendary participant of the Brusilov Breakthrough (World War I) and the partisan commander of the World War II Sidor Artemyevich Kovpak . The first was born in the village of Maly Vistorop of the Kharkov province (now the village is included in the Sumy region of Ukraine), the second - in the Kotelevsky district of Poltava region. To describe all the merits of these people will need a separate weighty publication. That's just the trouble for the current Maidan of Ukraine is that neither Rybalko, nor Kovpak, nor many other prominent commanders have anything to do with it. First, at the time of the birth of these people, no Ukraine existed either de jure or de facto, but there was a Russian empire with the mentioned Kharkiv and Poltava provinces. Secondly, the Maidan Ukraine, by its law on de-communization, itself, in fact, refused these eminent people. In 2012, a memorable coin was left in honor of the legendary Sidor Kovpak, but it was before the “revolution of dignity”, after which the word “dignity” became associated with pots on the head and jumping to heart-rending cries about “gilyak”.
In the Ukrainian pantheon could be Ivan Kozhedub, Yevgeny Bereznyak (Major Whirlwind), Pavel Batitsky, proceeding at least from the places of birth of these heroic people. But again, where is Maidan Ukraine and its heroes? This state has a three-fold history and its “heroes” have ...
Of course, if ukropantheon is created, then it is created, first of all, by no means under Kovpak and other heroes of the Great Patriotic War who fought for the real prosperity of Ukraine as part of the union of fraternal peoples. This pantheon will be honed under the infamous personalities from the Bandera and Shukhevych series.
Bandera - this is a real hero for the modern Maidan "Vlada", because, like the Maidan "Vlad", he began his tumultuous activity on Ukrainian territory not without Western patronage and tried his best to use this patronage. The interest of Nazi Germany in Bandera as an element of anti-Soviet propaganda and anti-Soviet consolidator of armed gangsters in Western Ukraine, in fact, made Bandera a “national Ukrainian hero”. Today in Ukraine, the "correct" version of the role of Bandera is the version that Bandera fought for the independence of Ukraine, and the OUN (later the OUN-UPA) led by him fought "for Ukraine" with both the Wehrmacht and the Red Army. For the pantheon - just an ideal ... "Ideal", if not for one thing. The “correct” version of the Maidan and Kiev and the homemade liberal historians of Ukraine does not mean historical reality.
And historical reality is described by archival materials. Based on the archived data of the Federal Republic of Germany, published at the request of Sergey Nikulin, the head of the Soviet Crimean officers, the Wehrmacht did not suffer any noticeable losses from the OUN (OUN-UPA) units in 1939-1945, which means that the Bandera never fought against the Nazis. From a letter to Sergey Nikulin from representatives of the Institute of Contemporary History in Munich (the material publishes Ридус).
Another note (based on the work of the Polish Sejm):
In other words, the “hero” Bandera and his troops never fought against the Nazi troops. But there are thousands of evidences of how the executioners from the OUN-UPA "fought" against civilians: burned villages, torn people, against whom more than 2-s hundreds of executions without using cartridges were used (one of them was strangled twisted the rope around the victim's neck), rape, terror, forced weaning of food, etc. One word “Khatyn” will tell a lot about the “heroism” of Bandera from the 118 th Shutsmanshaft battalion, which is closely connected with the activities of the OUN.
But did, when creating (if they create) the Ukrainian pantheon, all these details of the activities of the “hero” will be remembered. Of course not. Pan on the head and European integration does not allow ...
In general, the fact remains that Ukraine has no real heroes who would a) really be heroes, b) fall under the “norms” of the Maidan authorities. If they make a list, then it will be collaborators-traitors, executioners like Bandera and Shukhevych, as well as new "Bandera" who participate in punitive campaigns against their own people. Interestingly, Sashko Bilyi, who was shot twice in the heart, fits the requirements of the Institute of National Memory of Ukraine? ..
- Alexei Volodin
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