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Ukraine took the protection of Nazi collaborators

On December 23, 2018, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko signed a law expanding the list of participants in hostilities who receive social protection from the Ukrainian state.

The law amends Article 6 of the law on the status of war veterans and guarantees of their social protection. Before the amendment, it recognized as participants in hostilities whose members of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army who participated in hostilities against the Nazi invaders in the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine in 1941-1944, did not commit crimes against peace and humanity, and were rehabilitated.

After the adopted changes come into force, members of the armed forces of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists and other participants of Ukrainian nationalist formations will also be recognized as participants in the hostilities.

The list also includes militants recognized as fighters for the independence of Ukraine in the 20th century, in accordance with the law on the legal status and honoring the memory of fighters for the independence of Ukraine in the 20th century. In the new edition, one significant point has disappeared — the reservation that privileges and status are not granted to those who committed crimes against the world and humanity.

Thus, Ukrainian nationalists, who served the Nazis, participated in the Holocaust and the Volyn massacre of the Poles, were actually rehabilitated. Now, not only Ukrainian fascists, but also policemen who served the German invaders, can claim social benefits relying on participants in hostilities.

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