Ukraine: Two marches honour nationalist leader Stepan Bandera

Thousands participated in two torchlit processions through Kiev on Tuesday night to honour the 110th anniversary since the birth of Organisation of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN) leader Stepan Bandera. The first torchlit procession was organised by the National Corps. They wore Christmas hats, and at the head of the column several men were dressed as snowmen. Instead of torches, the National... Еще Corpus chose to use sparklers. The other march was led by the all-Ukrainian association «Svoboda», the Right Sector and other nationalist organisations. It passed by the monument to Taras Shevchenko and Independence Square. Bandera was leader of the militant arm of the Organisation of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN) during World War II. He remains a controversial figure in UKraine, with some hailing him as a liberator from the Soviets while others consider him to be a Nazi collaborationist.

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