"I'm looking at the portraits of Yarosh and Bandera on school notebooks… I can only say one thing to authors: nice try [to sweet-talk the government]," — the political scientist sarcastically commented.
Bandera was the founder and the leader of the Ukrainian nationalist movement, which went from assassinating leaders in prewar Poland to engaging in the wholesale ethnic cleansing of rural Poles during World War II.
The Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA), the military branch of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN), executed between 55,000 and 120,000 Poles, most of whom were women and children. The massacres were in line with the ideology of Bandera, who stressed the importance of eliminating all non-Ukrainians from Ukraine.
The group later organized a series of "territorial defense battalions," located throughout the country, which have since become known for their brutality in crushing the anti-Maidan protest movement in central and eastern Ukraine.
Donbass residents have accused the group's battalions of committing war crimes during the course of the ongoing civil war in eastern Ukraine. The group's leader, Dmytro Yarosh, has since been wanted by Interpol.