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    Ukraine has started publishing school notebooks with the image of Stepan Bandera, the notorious founder of the Ukrainian nationalist movement, and Dmytro Yarosh, the current leader of the Right Sector, an ultra-nationalist militant group, according to Ukrainian political scientist Konstantin Bondarenko.

    "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.

    Дивлюся на портрети Яроша і Бандери на шкільних зошитах. Згадуються слова класика: "Ген од заводів гуркоче, все, як сади…

    Posted by Константин Бондаренко on Saturday, 22 August 2015

    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.

    Dmytro Yarosh is the leader of the Right Sector, an ultra-nationalist confederation of paramilitaries that was established in November 2013. The Right Sector played a key role in ensuring the success of the Maidan coup d'état in February 2014.

    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.


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