15,000 nationalists march in Kiev to honor Stepan Bandera

2 January 2014 09:22
KYIV (QHA) - About 15,000 people marched through Kiev on Wednesday night to honor Stepan Bandera, glorified by some as a leader of Ukraine's liberation movement and dismissed by others as a Nazi collaborator, according to AP. The march was held in Ukraine's capital on what would have been Bandera's 105th birthday, and many of the celebrants carried torches. As reported, a rally to mark the 105th anniversary of the birth of Bandera was also held in Lviv. About a thousand people took part in the event. Bandera, who died 55 year ago, remains a deeply divisive figure in Ukraine, glorified by many in western Ukraine as a freedom fighter but dismissed by millions in eastern and southeastern Ukraine as a traitor to the Soviet Union's struggle against the occupying German army.