icon bookmark-bicon bookmarkicon cameraicon checkicon chevron downicon chevron lefticon chevron righticon chevron upicon closeicon v-compressicon downloadicon editicon v-expandicon fbicon fileicon filtericon flag ruicon full chevron downicon full chevron lefticon full chevron righticon full chevron upicon gpicon insicon mailicon moveicon-musicicon mutedicon nomutedicon okicon v-pauseicon v-playicon searchicon shareicon sign inicon sign upicon stepbackicon stepforicon swipe downicon tagicon tagsicon tgicon trashicon twicon vkicon yticon wticon fm

FSB archives reveal Ukraine’s WW2 Nazi links

FSB archives reveal Ukraine’s WW2 Nazi links
Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) has declassified documents that it says show links between Ukrainian nationalists and German Nazis before and during the Second World War.

The papers have been made available by the Central Archive of the Security Service and posted on the website of Russia’s Foreign Ministry.

According to the documents, the Organisation of Ukrainian Nationalists existed and was supported by Germany well before the invasion of Poland in 1939.

However, a schism in relations between Nazis and Ukraine nationalists saw the founding of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army in 1943. It was based on the already-existing nationalist organisation.

A fierce debate continues to rage over the role played by the Ukrainian Nationalists and the Ukrainian Insurgent Army in the Soviet Union’s battle with Nazi Germany in WW2.

Members of the Ukrainian Nationalist movement were deemed criminals in the USSR.

Many Ukrainians see them as patriotic freedom fighters and war heroes.

Dear readers and commenters,

We have implemented a new engine for our comment section. We hope the transition goes smoothly for all of you. Unfortunately, the comments made before the change have been lost due to a technical problem. We are working on restoring them, and hoping to see you fill up the comment section with new ones. You should still be able to log in to comment using your social-media profiles, but if you signed up under an RT profile before, you are invited to create a new profile with the new commenting system.

Sorry for the inconvenience, and looking forward to your future comments,

RT Team.