Creating a new national mythology, Ukraine is sliding towards chauvinism and historical review with extreme right-wing positions, writes the American journalist Nicholas Kozloff pages.
in the context of the conflict in the East Kiev seeks to provide a diplomatic support from other countries, But the backwardness and reactionary vision of most politicians have the ability to compromise Ukraine, he said. Western European countries would like "to do business with a modern partner," the journalist writes.
Ukrainian right-wingers are not so numerous, But they played a prominent role on the Maidan, " waving flags of the UPA ", And then became an important part of the volunteer battalions fighting in the Donbass. Worst of all, the overwhelming number of politicians in Kiev are more likely to apply and to welcome extreme nationalism than to condemn him, writes Kozloff.
as an example, he cites the attitude of the Ukrainian authorities to the role of the Ukrainian insurgent army during world war II. Equipped with weapons UPA units conducted ethnic cleansing in Nazi-occupied Eastern Galicia and Volhynia, tens of thousands of poles were murdered with unspeakable violence, reminiscent of the journalist.
But this does not prevent the Ukrainian leadership to take steps to perpetuate the memory of Stepan Bandera. And this year Poroshenko has signed a law recognizing OUN and UPA as " fighters for independence of Ukraine ", stressed Kozloff.
Despite the painful memories, Warsaw is one of the most faithful supporters of Kiev in the European Union. The new leader Andrzej Duda holds the "aggressive foreign policy that can deploy Poland from axis Berlin - Brussels in the direction of closer ties with the Baltic States and Ukraine," said Kozloff.
But even Duda may lose tolerance, as it is highly critical of the Ukrainian politicians who portray soldiers of the UPA as " liberators ". His party does not very satisfied "romantic obsession" of Ukraine's military past, the journalist writes.
The Supreme court of the Russian Federation in November 2014 was included in the list of extremist organizations " Right sector ", "Ukrainian national Assembly - Ukrainian national self-defense" (UNA-UNSO), the Ukrainian organization "Brotherhood" and "Trident behalf of Stepan Bandera and the Ukrainian insurgent army" (UPA). Full list of banned extremist organizations