Zelensky answered the question about the place of Bandera in history
The President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky believes that the question of the leader of the Organization of Ukrainian nationalists of Stepan Bandera in history must meet time.
"I think that all the people who defended Ukraine's independence, her sons were its heroes. We from hero to enemy - one step. You know, to the history of Stepan Bandera (in the East – ed.). There is no uniqueness. Not necessary, I think, to provoke the Ukrainian society and answer the questions that should be answer time," said Zelensky in the comment to the edition "Ukrainian truth" on the question of whether he was a hero Bandera.
Also answering the question, what historical figure he is most exciting, Zelensky said that with great respect to the first President of Ukraine Leonid Kravchuk. "He gave Ukraine independence. Whatever it is. A lot of things to say. But who Kravchuk today? He is the first President of Ukraine. It is clear that people supported the referendum. All this is understandable. But...," said Zelensky.
In addition, the President like "diplomacy, negotiations and cunning" of Hetman Bohdan Khmelnytsky.
Bandera was a leader of the Organization of Ukrainian nationalists, one of the main initiators of the "Ukrainian insurgent army"* whose purpose was proclaimed the struggle for independence of Ukraine. The UPA was formed in October 1942. It operated mainly in Western Ukraine and fought against the Soviet troops, collaborating with the Nazis.
In may 2015, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko gave the UPA ("the organization of Ukrainian nationalists", whose military wing, the UPA prohibited in Russia) the status of "fighters for independence" of Ukraine, and its participants — the right to social security. Moscow condemned the decision, noting that "Ukraine — is the country where neo-Nazis have moved from words to deeds and killed thousands of civilians" and "that such action is necessary to give an adequate assessment at the international level". The glorification of the UPA* and its leaders Bandera and Shukhevych — drawn criticism from many war veterans and politicians, accusing Bandera in cooperation with the Nazis.
*Extremist organization banned in Russia