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14. UKRAINE LASHES BACK AT RUSSIAN AMBASSADOR
OVER HISTORY DURING WWII AND SOVIET-ERA FAMINE
NIA Novosti, Moscow, Russia, Saturday, November 3, 2007
KIEV - Ukraine's Foreign Ministry dismissed statements by the Russian
ambassador about a Ukrainian WWII army and Soviet-era famine as being
In an interview with Russia's Vremya Novostei popular daily Friday,
Chernomyrdin spoke critically of the attempts to romanticize the
Insurgent Army (UPA), which has been said to cooperate with the Nazis
He also slammed President Viktor Yushchenko's initiative to prosecute
who deny the 1932-33 famine in Ukraine known as Holodomor.
"Ukrainian political and scientific elite and the public can well
historical events of their nation without any additional commentaries
on ideological and stereotyped principles," the Ukrainian Foreign
The UPA was formed in 1942 on the initiative of the Organization of
Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN). UPA operated mostly in western Ukraine,
historically opposed to Russian domination, and fought against the
UPA is known to have cooperated with the Nazis, even though at the
the war, it fought against them and the Soviet Army altogether.
In 2007, President Yushchenko signed a decree to celebrate the date
formation as a state holiday. He also awarded a title of the Hero of
posthumously to UPA leader Roman Shukhevich.