To Preserve the Memory of Ukrainian Insurgent Army
October 13, 2017On October 12, the conference on Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UIA) took place at the National University of Ostroh Academy.
This year, on October 14, we celebrate not only the Intercession of the Theotokos or the Day of Ukrainian Army but also the 75th anniversary of UIA establishment. Notably, one of the events devoted to this special date took place at Ostroh Academy. It was the initiative of Tetiana Matiunina, the head of Rivne Regional Organization of People’s Movement of Ukraine, the head of Major General Klym Savur Rivne Regional Brotherhood of UIA Soldiers.
‘I love history very much and want the younger generation to know about the historic events that happened in our country. The aim of the conference is to educate the younger generation using the examples of life and deeds of the participants in national liberation struggle and preserve the memory of the heroes who gave their lives for the freedom of Ukraine,‘
The conference was attended by 40 participants from Rivne region. They are the rehabilitated, those whose parents were persecuted by soviet authority, and members of regional organizations that research into the functioning of UIA and work with young people.
During the event, historians and scholars were eagerly discussing the topic of UIA not only in historic but also in modern context. In particular, the reports on struggle between soviet partisans and Ukrainian insurgents during the German occupation, forced resettlement of the families of Ukrainian insurgents to remote regions of the USSR, policy of memory in our country, and other issues were made.
Vitalii Yaremchuk, PhD in History, professor of M. P. Kovalskyi Department of History, pointed out the importance of UIA in the context of today’s world: ‘Ukrainian Insurgent Army and Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists are one of the most important topics today. The government should operate a special purposeful policy of memory on the issue of UIA.’