The Law which recognizes those who fought for Ukraine’s independence in 20th century as veterans came into force on March 26. The changes to the ‘Law on Status of war veterans and their social guarantees’ include combatants of Ukrainian Insurgent Army.
The changes are introduced to strengthen social security of fighters for Ukraine’s independence in 20th century.
Individuals who fought for Ukraine’s independence in 20th century as part of:
Ukrainian Insurgent Army,
Ukrainian People's Revolutionary Army of Taras Bulba-Borovets ‘Polissian Sich’
Ukrainian People's Revolutionary Army,
Carpathian Sich National Defense Organization or ‘Carpathian Sich,’
Ukrainian Military Organization (UVO),
Armed units of Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN), are recognized as veterans.
The procedure for granting the status of the war veteran to designated individuals will be established by the Cabinet of Ministers.
Earlier, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko signed a law, which expands the list of participants in combat actions by the warriors of a number of forces, which fought for the independence of Ukraine in the 20th century, including the members of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army and armed units of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists.
Numerous historical investigation into the participation of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army and related nationalist formations prove their direct involvement in the destruction of the Jewish population in Ukraine, particularly in the regions of Volhynia, Galicia, and Northern Bukovina.
Ukrainian Insurgent Army carried out ethnic cleansing and genocide in Poland against Poles in the area of Volhynia, Eastern Galicia, parts of Polesia and Lublin region, beginning in 1943 and lasting up to 1945. UPA's methods were particularly brutal, with many of the victims being tortured and mutilated, and resulted in 40,000–60,000 Polish deaths in Volhynia and 30,000–40,000 in Eastern Galicia, with the other regions for the total about 100,000.