The World War II crimes of Stepan Bandera and the Ukrainian Insurgent Army, and, the question of who was behind the sniper shootings that sabotaged German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier’s compromise agreement for a negotiated settlement in Ukraine, were presented back-to-back by Vitaly Churkin, Russia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, at a March 6 press conference after the UN Security Council meeting on Ukraine.
After presenting the facts on the Bandera units’ massacres of Poles, Jews, Gypsies, and captured Soviet soldiers, Churkin then brought up the taped conversation of EU High Representative for Foreign Policy, Lady Catherine Ashton with Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Paet, in which Paet told Ashton of on-the-ground reports from Kiev that the fateful sniper shootings of police and demonstrators were organized by those behind what became the new government. Churkin called for the United Nations to assist in investigations into the authorship of the sniper killings. When the spokesperson for the EU’s Ashton was asked for a reaction to the tapes, Itar-Tass reports the following answer: “We want to investigate violence and killings. We want the perpetrators to stand trial.”
According to a Voice of Russia report late yesterday, “MPs” are preparing an appeal to the EU to set up a commission to investigate the sniper killings. It is not clear if this was Members of the European Parliament, or, the Russian parliament. On March 7, a member the UN Human Rights delegation going to Kiev, evasively answered that they want an investigation into the killings, but not because of a leaked tape.
Remarks of Russia’s UN Ambassador Churkin at the United Nations March 6:
“Since nobody wanted to say anything, I will take a few minutes of your time.
“First of all, I’d like to make some comments in connection with a rather startling statement which was made by Ambassador Yuri Sergeyev of Ukraine on March 4. Responding to a question, he said, and I quote: “Russia, at the time of the Soviet Union, tried to press Western allies to recognize what you call Banderists and others as killers. Why did the Nuremberg process not recognize that? Because it was falsified. Because the position of the Soviet Union was not fair at that time.”
“What I’d like to say is the following. Massive documentary evidence proves that the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN) and the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA) collaborated with the Nazis. They took part in mass killings of civilians, and punitive operations against partisans in Belarus, Ukraine, and Poland. On June 30, 1941, with the invasion of Ukraine by Nazi troops, Stepan Bandera issued the Act of Proclamation of Ukrainian Statehood, which declared that, and I quote:
“The newly formed Ukrainian state will work closely with the National Socialists of Greater Germany, which, under the leadership of Adolf Hitler, is forming a new order in Europe and the world.”
“In 1941, Ukrainian Nazi collaborators provided the majority of the executioners who murdered over 150,000 Jews in Babi Yar in Kiev. Gypsies and Soviet prisoners of war were also executed there. In 1942, OUN was involved in a campaign of ethnic cleansing in Malkinia, Poland. Over 100,000 women, children, and men were slaughtered. Polish historians calculated that 135 different sadistic methods were used to kill innocent people. In 1942, OUN’s campaign of mass extermination of Poles and Jews continued.
“On Jan 28, 2010, the Simon Wiesenthal Center expressed, and I quote: “deepest revulsion at the decision by the then-president of Ukraine to honor OUN’s leader Bandera, who,” and I quote: “collaborated with the Nazis in the early stages of World War II, and whose followers were linked to the murders of thousands of Jews and others.”
“On February 25, 2010, the European Parliament adopted a resolution in which it expressed deep regret for the decision posthumously to award Bandera—the leader of the OUN, which collaborated with Nazi Germany—the title of national hero of Ukraine. The European Parliament called on the Ukrainian leadership to reconsider such decision, and maintain its commitment to European values. Polish president Jaroslaw Kaczynski stated on February 7, 2010, that OUN and UPA, and I quote: “were engaged in mass-murders of Polish civilians in the eastern territories of the Second Republic, killing 100,000 people. Poles were being killed for being Poles.”
“It is deeply disturbing that the followers of Bandera are openly marching these days in Ukraine, displaying his portraits and fascist insignia, and are wielding considerable political power in Kiev. Attempts to whitewash OUN and UPA are not only morally repulsive; they amount to encouraging nationalist ideology, extremism, and intolerance.”