WASHINGTON D.C. January 4, 2021
NCSEJ is deeply troubled over reports of a nationalist march in support of Stepan Bandera held on January 1 in Kyiv. The march, held to celebrate the 112th birthday of Bandera, the leader of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN), was organized by political parties "Svoboda", "Right Sector", "National Corps", and the movement "Resistance to Surrender."
Stefan Bandera is considered a hero to many Ukrainians whose OUN and its military arm, UPA fought against the Soviets and collaborated with the Nazis during World War II but is also accused of carrying out murderous campaigns against Jews and Poles.
The event referred to as a march of honor, dignity, and freedom brought together 1000 torchbearers.
We have shared our concerns with the Embassy of Ukraine.