First joint memorial to Soviet soldiers and warriors of OUN - URA sanctified in Ukraine

12:49, 03 September 2007
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44 Soviet soldiers, 16 warriors of URA buried under the monument

The first joint memorial to Soviet soldiers and warriors of OUN- URA in Ukraine was sanctified in Krykhovytzy village of the Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast on occasion of the 566th anniversary of the village.

According to the press service of the Ivano-Frankivsk City Council, village chairman Vassyl Vladin noted that the place for the memorial was prepared as early as in 1992.

“We, evidently, are the first who united the perished people and call upon everybody not to sow discord among the Ukrainian nation”, noted the village chairman, stressing: "It is our history and it is not necessary to speculate in it”.

According to the information of the City Council, the memorial was built at the expense of the local community and sponsors. On the both sides of the grave marble steles were established: - from the right side – to Soviet Army soldiers and on the opposite side - OUN – URA warriors. Names of village residents, who gave their life for Ukraine are stamped at the stone slab. 44 Soviet soldiers, 16 warriors of URA found their last shelter there.

According to the Krykhovytzy village chairman, the construction of the memorial will start the unification of Ukraine and reconciliation of the Great Patriotic war veterans and former warriors of the Ukrainian Rebel Army. V. Vladin thinks that “the permanent hostility has to be stopped” otherwise it is impossible to build the Ukrainian state.

However, chairman of the URA Brotherhood of the Carpathian Region Fotij Volodymyrskiy pointed out: “the URA will never get reconciled with NKVD and KGB employees, who tortured and jeered at rebels. It is impossible to forget this”, he noted.

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