21:13 14.10.2009

Yuschenko says good future for Ukraine impossible without national unity, reconciliation

Ukrainian President Viktor Yuschenko has said Ukraine will have to become a united nation, as a good future for the country is impossible without national unity.

"No [amount of] history is more important than a common future. It's time for us to realize that we're Ukrainians and we're united. History cannot divide those people who fought for the independence of this country," the presidential press service quoted him as saying in the village of Kolky in Volyn region on Wednesday, during events marking the 67th anniversary of the creation of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA) and the 65th anniversary of the setting up of the Ukrainian Supreme Liberation Council.

Yuschenko said that the creation of the insurgent republic of Kolky is a bright example of the heroism of the UPA soldiers who liberated five districts in Volyn region from German occupation in the spring of 1943. He said that the UPA soldiers and locals had managed to create a "small island of independent Ukraine" in the German rear located on an area of nearly 2,000 square kilometers.

The republic of Kolky was centered on the village of Kolky, which was freed from Nazi occupation during the Second World War. In April 1943, UPA troops liberated the village and neighboring areas. The republic existed until November 4, 1943, when was destroyed by the German invaders using artillery, tanks and air attacks.

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