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Moscow avenue in Kyiv renamed after controversial Stepan Bandera


Moscow avenue in Kyiv has been renamed after controversial historical figure Stepan Bandera (UNIAN Photo)

In what is considered another major slam by Ukraine to Russia, Moscow Avenue is now renamed for the Ukraine nationalist Stepan Bandera.

Ukraine is “decommunizing” symbols of the Soviet past, since the passage of this law: LAW OF UKRAINE. ON THE CONDEMNATION OF THE COMMUNIST AND NATIONAL SOCIALIST (NAZI) REGIMES, AND PROHIBITION OF PROPAGANDA OF THEIR SYMBOLS.

Bandera was so hated by the Soviet Union and now Russia, that the KGB, on orders from the Soviet Premier, Nikita Kruschev, assassinated Bandera in 1959.  Since that time the Soviets and now Russia have continued a smear campaign against his name.

Russia’s argument that Bandera cooperated with the Nazis belies the fact that his sole goal was the establishment and independence of Ukraine during multiple occupations, including Soviet. The Russians conveniently forget that the Soviet Union cooperated with Nazi Germany for years.

Please remember what happened to Estonia in 2007 when a former Soviet statue of the Bronze Soldier was removed. In response, Russia attacked Estonia’s economy. This proved a fleeting and minor victory, the point being that Russia still identifies with Soviet heroes. The renaming of this street in honor of Stepan Bandera is considered a double slam.

I would consider it standard that patriotic hackers attempt DDOS attacks against Ukraine but I do not expect them to be effective. Ukraine has a sophisticated cyber defense after 2 1/2 years of constant Russian cyberattacks. Ukraine also possesses a surge capability.

If Russia has studied Ukraine networks and systems sufficiently, dedicated APT attacks might be launched, but then that exploit is forever lost.  Ukraine has historically been most susceptible to spear phishing attacks (it’s human nature), emphasis on security should remain a top priority.

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Bandera was Ukrainian political activist and leader of nationalist movement in first half of 20th century

Moscow avenue in Kyiv has been renamed after a controversial historical figure Stepan Bandera.

The decision was approved on June 7 by 87 out of 97 deputies of the Kyiv city council, according to UNIAN.

Read also: Nationalist Stepan Bandera remains controversial, 56 years after death

Stepan Bandera was a political activist and a leader of Ukrainian nationalist and independence movement during the first half of the 20th century.

Bandera is honored among many Ukrainians, who say he fought for the country’s freedom from the Soviet Union. He is also considered a hero among local nationalist groups, including the Right Sector.

Read also: Thousands mark death of Ukrainian nationalist hero

Russia, in turn, condemns this personality, claiming Bandera allegedly cooperated with Nazi Germany to oppose the Communists.

The attitude towards Bandera in Poland is also negative, with Poles accusing him of radical nationalism and terrorism.

Along with the Moscow avenue, four other streets have lost their Soviet names.

Source: http://uatoday.tv/news/moscow-avenue-in-kyiv-renamed-after-controversial-stepan-bandera-689625.html