By TONY SEED and BILL SHPIKULA
Less than three weeks after a meeting between Justin Trudeau, Chrystia Freeland and Toronto Liberal candidates, with officials of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) in Etobicoke preceding the 2015 federal election, the Canadian Forces deployed a contingent of cadets from the Royal Military College (RMC) in Kingston as well as members of different branches of the CF to participate in “Ukrainian Remembrance Day” events in the Toronto suburb of Etobicoke on November 8, 2015.
Three flags led a parade along Scarlett Road: the U.S. Stars and Stripes and the Ukrainian and Canadian flags, immediately followed by the red and black Banderite flag of the “Ukrainian Insurgent Army” (UPA) and the Right Sector (Pravy Sektor). They joined in the march with Waffen SS Galizien veterans — the murderers of Ukrainian, Polish, Armenian, Russian and Jewish people – organized in the Ukrainian War Veterans Association of Canada who marched as “freedom fighters.” The Waffen SS (formally listed as the 14th Grenadier Volunteer Waffen-SS Division – Galician No. 1‚ created after the crushing defeat at Stalingrad on July 18, 1943, was classified as a criminal organization by Nuremberg. Far from being a Remembrance Day it was a Day of Shame, a dishonouring of the dead.
In 2010, the UCC called “upon the Government of Canada to make changes to Canada’s War Veterans Allowance Act by expanding eligibility to include designated resistance groups such as [the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN)]-UPA.” The UCC is trying to claim Canadian veterans of Ukrainian descent as their own, including all those Canadian veterans who fought against fascism during the Second World War.
There is a serious problem with this! Canadian veterans of the Second World War fought against fascism and for the defeat of the Hitlerites; their ranks included an estimated 69,000 soldiers of Ukrainian origin. The 1.5 million Ukrainians who died as soldiers in the Red Army fighting the Nazis are also entitled to great respect by all peoples.
Royal Military College
This collaboration has also led to the conversion of the Royal Military College in Kingston, Ontario into a centre for indoctrination of officer cadets for heroizing Ukrainian fascist forces. Established in 1876, RMC is a major centre of the Department of National Defence for training officer cadre as well as for military history and geopolitical studies.
This was exemplified by the showing of the film The Ukrainians/Les Ukrainiens: God’s Volunteer Battalion on February 22, 2016 for an audience of “nearly 200 officer cadets and professors.” This film extols the virtues of the so-called volunteers organized by Ukrainian oligarchs into mercenary organizations, such as the neo-Nazi Azov Battalion, to carry out aggression and commit war crimes against eastern Ukraine. The film was to be shown in various locations across Canada by elements associated with the UCC.
The “Remembrance Day” ceremony and the collaboration of the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Forces held with the participation of pro-Nazi Ukrainian forces posing as “veterans” and “freedom fighters” is a testament of how the liberal-fascist alliance is being pushed under the political leadership of the Trudeau Liberals at home and abroad to serve the demands of the ruling elite and the absolutely pragmatic and rotten nature of liberalism in the modern conditions.
1. The November 8, 2015 event in Toronto was not an anomaly. The UCC has advocated with a particular zeal for the rehabilitation of the Waffen SS along with related units and justifying its crimes against the people of Ukraine and the peoples of Europe. Ukrainian Waffen-SS Galizien also fought in Belarus and Yugoslavia and collaborationist police units participated in liquidating the resistance of the Polish people during the Warsaw Ghetto uprising. In parallel, particularly under the presidency of the third Ukrainian president Viktor Yushchenko (2005–2010) there have been repeated attempts to turn the leading figures of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN) and its armed wing, the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA) into national heroes. These fascist organizations collaborated with the Nazi Germany, carried out ethnic cleansing and mass murder on a massive scale, yet they are symbols for an aspiring “democracy” of the oligarchic system.
On January 21, 2007 the UCC, Toronto branch, recognized Ukrainian veterans of Carpathian Sich, the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA), the First Ukrainian Division of the Ukrainian National Army and the Canadian forces. With much pomp and ceremony, the veterans were acknowledged for their courage and determination in fighting for an independent, democratic Ukraine. (Alexandra Stadnyk, “Ukrainian Canadian Congress Recognizes UPA Veterans,” February 5, 2007.)
On Remembrance Day 2009, Paul Grod, President of the UCC and a wealthy owner of the Rodan energy corporation, paid tribute to veterans of the Ukrainian Waffen-SS Galizien and the OUN in the name of his entire imagined community of 1.2 million people:
“As Ukrainian Canadians we […] remember and pay tribute to the millions of men and women who perished fighting for the freedom of their ancestral Ukrainian homeland. The men and women of the Ukrainian Sich Riflemen, the 1st Ukrainian Division of the Ukrainian National Army, the Ukrainian Insurgent Army and the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists.” (“Ukrainian Community Honors Veterans on Remembrance Day.”)
The UCC includes as a member organization the Brotherhood of Veterans of the 1st Division of the Ukrainian National Army, as the veterans of the 14th Grenadier Division Galizien of the Waffen-SS prefer to call themselves.
When the president of the Canadian society of veterans of the Waffen-SS Galizien passed away in January 2010, one Levko Babij (1927-2010), Grod immediately claimed on January 12, 2010 that “he will be remembered as a hero of Ukraine who fought during WWII for her independence as well as a great Ukrainian Canadian who loved Canada, his Ukrainian heritage and his family and friends.”
Special institutes and different professors specialize in falsifying history for dollars and propagating a mythology about the Ukrainian fascist movement, its military force, terrorism and pogroms and naked collaboration with the Third Reich. For example, Yevhen Shtendera is a librarian with the National Library of Canada. He is Editor-in-Chief of Litopys UPA, a 42-volume monograph series on the Ukrainian “underground” during World War II. The series is introduced in the following way: “Litopys UPA publishes source documents and materials in three series with an aim to stimulate interest not only in the UPA activities, but in a more general way, also in the history of Ukraine of that period.” Swedish historian Per Rudling writes, “There is next to nothing in the Litopys UPA on the topic of the Volhynian massacres of Poles in 1943 (no less than 35,000 of whom were murdered – TS), and total silence on UPA murders of Jews.”* The multivolume Litopys UPA (Chronicle of the UPA), published in Toronto was the UPA veterans’ own version of the past.
This publication was partly financed by CIA covert funding as part of U.S. imperialist ideological warfare, and Mykola Lebed himself served on the Litopys UPA publishing committee. Lebed was trained by the Gestapo in 1940–41 and led the OUN(b) security service, the Sluzhba Bezpeki, (SB OUN), in 1943–44. He was then brought to New York and set up by the CIA in a front group, Prolog Research and Publishing Company. Lebed also operated within Canada from his New York base, reporting to the CIA on the political forces in the Ukrainian Canadian community, providing support to reactionaries and helping to organize a monument to the Waffen SS Galizien in Oakville, Ontario.
Co-editor Peter J. Potichnyj, professor emeritus of political science at McMaster University, Hamilton, former UPA member who escaped to Munich with a unit o the UPA in 1947 and a long-time member of the post-war OUN(Z), was author of different works published by the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies (CIUS), University of Alberta. Potichnyj crudely argues that the mass killing of Jews by the OUN and the UPA was because they were communist.*
In 1994 the Petro Jacyk Foundation established the Petro Jacyk Central and East European Resource Centre, now based at the Munk School, University of Toronto; it houses the Potichnyj Collection on Insurgency and Counter-Insurgence in Ukraine which contains archival materials about the Ukrainian Insurgent Army. This centre employs as a “fellow” one of Lebed’s protégé’s and employees, Taras Kuzio, who has become a leading NATO publicist of all the standard stereotypes about Ukraine and Russia. He was appointed first head of the NATO Information Centre and Documentation in Kiev in 1998, established with the support of the NATO Office of Public Diplomacy. More recently this mercenary publicist who poses as an academic was an “expert witness” for a warmongering report by the Canadian Senate on Ukraine.
The chancellor of the University of Alberta, Peter (Petro) Savaryn, was himself a proud veteran of the Waffen SS, president of the Conservative Party in Alberta and an accomplice of prime minister Brian Mulroney.
One of the initiators of the Waffen-SS division Galizien, Volodymyr Kubijovyc endorsed ethnic cleansing of Ukrainian lands and published anti-Semitic material during the Holocaust .Kubijovyc, a former ethnographer, was head of the Ukrainian Central Committee (UTsK) based in occupied Cracow, Poland and Lvov, Galicia – “the official umbrella organization” of the Ukrainian Nationalists in the General Gouvernement headed by Hans Frank. The UTsK is described as “the most important Ukrainian collaborationist institution in the General Government” by German-Polish historian Dr Grzegorz Rossoliński-Liebe in his 2014 analytical study Stepan Bandera: The Life and Afterlife of Ukrainian Nationalist (p. 254). The UTsK published several fascist newspapers such as Krakivski Visti (Krakow News). Its editor-in-chief was Mikhailo (Michael) Chomiak, Chrystia Freeland’s maternal grandfather. Kubijovyc and Chomiak escaped justice by fleeing to Munich in 1945. Kubijovyc, again the ethnographer, re-established the Shevchenko Scientific Society, became a collaborator with the CIA Prolog front group in New York, and launched the revisionist Encyclopedia of Ukraine. In 1984 it was published by the CIUS and the University of Toronto Press financed in large by the Province of Alberta and the Government of Canada.
*Per Anders Rudling, The OUN, the UPA and the Holocaust: A Study in the Manufacturing of Historical Myths, The Carl Beck Papers in Russian & East European Studies, Number 2107, November 2011
2. The aim of this film is clearly to inspire unquestioning obedience in the Canadian Forces for Canada’s official support of the resurgent neo-Nazi forces in Ukraine, whose private battalions fighting against the Donbass republics are now mainly integrated into the National Guard, and NATO’s encirclement of Russia. The New Pathway (OUN) website in Toronto posted an article eulogizing The Ukrainians/Les Ukrainiens: God’s Volunteer Battalion: “The film documents the lengthy Battle for Donetsk Airport that witnessed Ukrainian volunteers stepping forward to defend Ukraine, the regular army having been caught unprepared for both the Russian occupation of Crimea (February-March 2014) and subsequent incursions into eastern Ukraine; this documentary evoked the chaos, destruction, and heroism of close quarters combat.” The “volunteers,” “Professor Lubomyr Luciuk, the evening’s organizer, described as ‘Ukraine’s minutemen.’” The article is written by Luciuk himself, employed on the faculty of RMC, who quotes himself. (New Pathway, March 15, 2016).
The newly-built international airport in Donetsk was completely destroyed by the fascist assault.
Luciuk helped create the Ukrainian Canadian Civil Liberties Association (UCCLA) in reaction to the formation of the Deschênes “Royal Commission of Inquiry on War Crimes” to whitewash the war crimes of Nazi collaborators in the Ukraine. In its own words, the UCCLA was founded “in 1984 to meet the defamatory accusations that ‘Ukrainian war criminals’ were being harboured in Canada.” Luciuk’s father was involved with the fascist OUN in Ukraine.
For information on Luciuk and his line, see Peggy Morton, “War Crimes, Ukrainian Nationalists and the Canadian State,” TML Weekly, March 18, 2017.