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Medvedchuk: I respect Ukraine, its glory and heroes

The politician did not agree with the statement that the greeting "Glory to Ukraine! Glory to the heroes!" is a Nazi greeting
16:31, 24 March 2019

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Chairman of the political council of "The Opposition Platform - For Life" party Viktor Medvedchuk respects all heroes of Ukraine. He stated this during "The Right to Know" show on TVC channel.

"I respect Ukraine, its glory and the heroes of Ukraine," he said.

At the same time, Medvedchuk did not agree with the statement of the host that the greeting “Glory to Ukraine! Glory to the heroes!” is a Nazi greeting. “I can’t agree that this is a Nazi greeting. I can’t agree,” Medvedchuk noted.

Earlier, chairman of the political council of "The Opposition Platform - For Life" party said that trying to please only the voter of western Ukraine, the government does more harm to the country than the separatists do.

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As it is known, the "Glory to Ukraine" greeting became part of the lexicon of Ukrainian nationalists in the 1920's. The modern response "Glory to the heroes" appeared in the 1930s among members of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN) and Ukrainian Insurgent Army. 

"There are records showing that during the court hearings against OUN's leader Stepan Bandera in 1936, his supporters were accompanying the slogan 'Glory to Ukraine' with a hand-throwing fascist-style salute," Oleksandr Zaitsev, a Ukrainian historian, leading expert in Ukraine's nationalists' movements, stated this in an interview with DW.

In 20018, President Poroshenko announced that Glory to Ukraine will be the official greeting of the Armed Forces of Ukraine

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