the only 'however'
Many think that Poland was the only or major target of OUN or UPA. No, it wasn't. Today, when I honor UPA soldiers I even don't think of Poles. For me and many others UPA = anti-Soviet resistance.
In 1951 CIA covert operations chief Frank Wisner estimated that some 35,000 Soviet police troops and Communist party cadres had been eliminated by guerrillas affiliated with the Ukrainian Insurgent Army in the period after the end of World War II. Official Soviet figures for the losses inflicted by all types of "Ukrainian nationalists" during the period 1944-1953 referred to 30,676 persons; amongst them were 687 NKGB-MGB personnel, 1,864 NKVD-MVD personnel, 3,199 Soviet Army, Border Guards, and NKVD-MVD troops, 241 communist party leaders, 205 komsomol leaders and 2,590 members of self-defense units. According to Soviet data the remaining losses were among civilians, including 15,355 peasants and kolkhozniks. Soviet archives state that between February 1944 and January 1946 the Soviet forces conducted 39,778 operations against the UPA, during which they killed a total of 103,313, captured a total of 8,370 OUN members and captured a total of 15,959 active insurgents.
This is what UPA is for the Ukrainians: people who fought for our independance, for the Ukrainians who were killed in Holodomor. Polish casualties were a consequence of the interwar repressions mostly on the Wolyn population whose lands was taken by Polish osadniks, kids were deprived of education and any perspectives, family members died in prisons, homes destroyed by the war...
What each side should remember instead of arguing about UPA and AK, AL and who killed whom and how brutal it was (fairytales of the Soviets), this is what it was basically about:
The cooperation between UPA and the post-AK underground came about partly as a response to increasing communist terror and the deportations of Ukrainians to the Soviet Union, and Poles into the new socialist Poland. According to official statistics, between 1944 and 1956 around 789,000 Ukrainians and 488,000 Poles were deported by the Soviets.
Something to think about.
nevertheless is very ironic
Gumishu, could you elaborate on that one?
The biggest tragedy of Greece is that it is governed by Greeks.It would have better luck if governed by Turks or Bulgarian.
I understand that you might be angry with the way Greece pulls the whole EU down with its lazy politics and economy and that maybe it would be better off under the boot of some other country, but give a bit of credit to yourself.