Rada recognizes UPA members as fighters for Ukraine's independence

9 april 2015 | 15:40

All participants of the 20th century struggle for independence will get a status and recognition. 

UPA has finally got a legal status
The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has adopted the Law "On legal status and commemoration of the 20th century fighters for the Ukrainian independence." The law, as amended by Yuriy Shukhevych, has been supported by 271 MPs.

Thus, according to the law, individuals who took part in all forms of political, armed and other collective and individual struggle for Ukraine's independence are recognized as fighters for the Ukrainian independence in the 20th century.

The law lists dozens of organizations, including Sich Riflemen, OUN, UPA and the People's Movement of Ukraine.

The law requires state and local governments to provide social guarantees, benefits and other payments to fighters for Ukraine's independence in the 20th century and their families.

The law also recognizes the awards (honors) given to the members of the above mentioned organizations and movements.

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Earlier, it has been reported that the Ukrainian Parliament adopted a law on establishment of "Defender's of Ukraine Day" on October 14. The October 14 is believed to be the day of UPA creation.

Source: ZN.UA

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