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    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko gestures as he stands alongside WWII veterans of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army during a special session of parliament in Kiev, Ukraine, Friday, May 8, 2015

    Ukraine Recognizes WWII-Era Nazi Collaborators as ‘Freedom Fighters’

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    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko signed a decree to recognize the members of the nationalist Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA) as freedom fighters.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The document was signed on May 15, the Ukrainian parliament said Monday.

    The UPA was established as the armed wing of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN) in 1942. The UPA operated mainly in western Ukraine, fighting against Soviet forces on the side of Nazi Germany. In 1943, the UPA massacred as many as 100,000 Polish civilians in Volhynia and Eastern Galicia.

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    Nazism, Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN), Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA), Petro Poroshenko, Ukraine
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