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    Kyiv distances itself from Melnyk’s statement

    The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry has distanced itself from the statements by the Ukrainian Ambassador to Germany, Andriy Melnyk. In a statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs emphasizes close cooperation with Poland. “The opinion expressed by the Ambassador of Ukraine to Germany Andriy Melnyk in an interview with a German journalist is his own and does not reflect the position of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine,” it said.

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    background are Statements by Melnyk to the journalist Thilo Jung about the Ukrainian politician and partisan leader Stepan Bandera and conflicts also between Poles and Ukrainians in World War II.

    Melnyk has denied evidence of the mass murder of Jews by supporters of Ukrainian nationalist leader Stepan Bandera. “Bandera was not a mass murderer of Jews and Poles,” he said in the interview. He would confirm that again and again.

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    In Ukraine, especially since the fall of the government in 2014 a cult around Stepan Bandera and representatives of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN) led by him operated. He is considered to be largely responsible for the ideology of the organization’s radical wing. The nationalist West Ukrainian partisans led by OUN members led in Volhynia in 1943 ethnically motivated displacement through. were Tens of thousands of Polish civilians, some brutally murdered. (Reuters/dpa)


    Source: Tagesspiegel

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