Sunday, August 17, 2014
Russian Agents Target Ukrainian Diaspora
It’s not merely a grave. It’s not merely the grave of the leader of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN) Stepan Bandera who was assassinated by a Russian agent on orders from Moscow on October 15, 1959. It is a symbol of the Ukrainian nation’s undying quest for freedom, independence and sovereignty around which most of the nation is uniting today.
And now his grave in Munich, Germany, has become the target of vandalism.
Has Russia widened its war against Ukraine by targeting the Ukrainian Diaspora and its most visible historical symbol of its battle for independence and sovereignty from Moscow?
Apparently it has.
Historical venues associated with Bandera and Ukrainian wars of liberation in Ukraine have been targeted by pro-Russian vandals. However, there have not been any reported attacks against Ukrainian sites in the Diaspora.
Since independence on August 24, 1991, and especially since the Maidan Revolution, numerous Lenin monuments have dramatically tumbled across Ukraine. A few more joined the garbage dump in the past couple of days in newly liberated towns in eastern Ukraine, demonstrating that Russia’s war against Ukraine of late has not been going according to Putin’s plan.
This attack against the symbol of Ukraine’s quest for independence cannot be belittled. The Ukrainian community in the free world must bring this to the attention of their local authorities and raise the level of vigilance in all countries.
Moscow is continuing to fulfill its manifest destiny.