Lawmakers from Ukraine’s two biggest parties have filed a motion asking the Ukrainian president to posthumously bestow the ‘Hero of Ukraine’ award upon nationalist leader Stepan Bandera, a known Nazi collaborator. MPs from Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s “Solidarity” block together with the right-wing People’s Front party have backed a draft resolution asking him to award Bandera, the leader of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN), the country’s highest state award. Bandera is a deeply divisive figure in the Ukrainian history but is considered by many to be a hero, despite his violent methods and accusations of condoning an ethnic cleansing of thousands of Poles in what is now western Ukraine. Before the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union in June 1941, Bandera’s OUN collaborated with the Nazis, declaring an independent nation shortly after enemy troops arrived, on June 30, 1941. The founding document known as “the act of restoration of Ukrainian state” includes…

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