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Update on the OUN‑B and the Ukrainian Crisis

Dave Emory’s entire life­time of work is avail­able on a flash dri­ve that can be obtained here. [1] (The flash dri­ve includes the anti-fas­cist books avail­able on this site.)

COMMENT: The tur­moil engulf­ing the Ukraine con­tin­ues, with the “Gray Lady”–as the New York Times is known, show­ing her CIA pet­ti­coats.

Although it remains this coun­try’s best news­pa­per, the Times has long been the CIA’s #1 pro­pa­gan­da asset. [2]

A recent Times sto­ry about the Ukraine [3]was remark­able for its lack of his­tor­i­cal insight. (We acknowl­edge that the author may well have been sin­cere­ly igno­rant of the nature of the polit­i­cal ele­ments about which he wrote.)

In a past post, we high­light­ed the Nazi and fas­cist roots [4] of the protest move­men­t’s van­guard, those forces hav­ing evolved from the OUN/B of Stephan Ban­dera.

We note that Yuriy Shukhevych is described in sym­pa­thet­ic terms, as the vic­tim of Sovi­et oppres­sion. There is brief ref­er­ence to the fact that his father Roman led the Ukrain­ian Insur­gent Army against the U.S.S.R.

What is not men­tioned is the fact that his father led the Ein­satz­gruppe “Nightin­gale” that exter­mi­nat­ed the Jew­ish ghetoin Lvov (“also known as “Lviv” or “Lem­berg”).

That work was done as part of the real­iza­tion of the Final Solu­tion with­in the U.S.S.R., fol­low­ing the Nazi inva­sion in 1941.

The unit that the elder Shukhevych com­mand­ed was under the exec­u­tive super­vi­sion of S.S. offi­cer Theodor Ober­lan­der [5], who lat­er became the Min­is­ter for Expellees under Chan­cel­lor Kon­rad Ade­nauer.

 Roman Shukhevych and Stephan Ban­dera were named heroes of the Ukraine under Pres­i­dent Yuschenko, whose wife Yka­te­ri­na had pre­vi­ous­ly head­ed the top OUN/B front in the Unit­ed States.

Yka­te­ri­na Chu­machenko Yuschenko had pre­vi­ous­ly been [6] deputy head of Pres­i­den­tial Liai­son under Ronald Rea­gan [7].

On the last two sides of AFA #1 [8], we dis­cussed the fact that the OUN/B (whose mil­i­tary cadre was the Ukrain­ian Insur­gent Army) con­tin­ued the gueril­la war­fare begun under the Third Reich for years after the for­mal close of World War II, pro­long­ing the com­bat until the ear­ly 1950’s.

They con­tin­ued the com­bat under the aus­pices of the fledg­ling CIA, hav­ing been recruit­ed by Frank Wis­ner’s OPC and Allen Dulles.

In effect, they sim­ply switched uni­forms.

For more details about this polit­i­cal phe­nom­e­non, check out the pre­vi­ous post on the Nazi and fas­cist roots [4] of the Ukrain­ian cri­sis and the links con­tained there­in.

“A Ukraine City Spins Beyond the Gov­ern­men­t’s Reach” by Andrew Hig­gins; The New York Times; 2/16/2014. [3]

EXCERPT: . . . . The oppo­si­tion has also sought to ease ten­sions, with a lead­ing oppo­si­tion par­ty, Svo­bo­da, say­ing on Sat­ur­day that it was ready to end its occu­pa­tion of Kiev City Hall. But oth­er groups like Right Sec­tor, a coali­tion of hard-line forces with deep roots in west­ern Ukraine, said seized build­ings should remain occu­pied until Mr. Yanukovych resigned and all crim­i­nal pro­ceed­ings against pro­test­ers were halt­ed. . . .

. . . . The archi­tec­ture traces the city’s past, from the colon­nad­ed relics of the Haps­burg Empire, to the man­sions of long-gone Pol­ish nobles and the homes of van­ished Jew­ish and Armen­ian traders. [The Jews “van­ished” cour­tesy of the elder Shukhevy­ch’s charges–D.E.]. . .

. . . . Offer­ing inspi­ra­tion and advice has been Yuriy Shukhevych, a blind vet­er­an nation­al­ist who spent 31 years in Sovi­et pris­ons and labor camps and whose father, Roman, led the Ukrain­ian Insur­gent Army against Pol­ish and then Sovi­et rule.

 Mr. Shukhevych, 80, who lost his sight dur­ing his time in the Sovi­et gulag, helped guide the for­ma­tion of Right Sec­tor, an unruly orga­ni­za­tion whose fight­ers now man bar­ri­cades around Inde­pen­dence Square, the epi­cen­ter of the protest move­ment in Kiev.

 Mr. Sadovyy, Lviv’s may­or, said Mr. Yanukovych and his sup­port­ers had exag­ger­at­ed the risk of extrem­ism to scare peo­ple into sub­mis­sion. But he added that they should not ignore the region’s pas­sions to join Europe and to stay out of the orbit of Rus­sia, which, well into the 1950s, was still hunt­ing down Ukrain­ian nation­al­ist fight­ers shel­ter­ing in the forests around the city. . . .