A Twitter post commemorating Ukrainian World War Two nationalist leader Stepan Bandera has been taken down from the website of Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada (parliament) after protests from Poland, a Polish minister said on Tuesday.
Deputy Foreign Minister Arkadiusz Mularczyk said that Poland opposed any celebration of Bandera. While the Ukrainian is hailed as a freedom fighter by some in his native land, he is also held responsible for the murder of around 100,000 Poles by his Ukrainian Insurgent Army in what became known as the Volhynia Massacre.
“There is no acceptance to commemorations of Stepan Bandera by the Polish state,” Mularczyk told Polish Radio. He added that the disappearance of the post from the Verkhovna Rada website indicated that the Ukrainian side “heard Poland’s voice”.
Apparently Verkhovna Rada deleted their Bandera tweet. Good. Historical memory is a learning process, often a painful one. Hopefully there would be opportunities to discuss who Bandera is, what he and his original and current supporters stand for and how it is perceived by others https://t.co/rP9AoRvOwt— Eugene Finkel (@eugene_finkel) January 2, 2023