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Many of its members cooperated with the Nazis, some even enlisted in the Waffen SS and Ukrainian nationalists participated in the massacre of more than 33,000 Jews at Babi Yar ravine in Kiev in September 1941.According to scholar Pers Anders Rudling, the number of Ukrainian nationalists involved in the slaughter outnumbered the Germans by a factor of 4 to 1.Another follower of Bandera is Dymytro Yarosh, who reputedly leads the paramilitary arm of an even more powerful political organization in Ukraine called Right Sektor.Yarosh once said he controls a paramilitary force of about 7,000 men who were reportedly used in both the overthrow of Yanukovych in Kiev in February 2014 and the suppression of the rebellion in Odessa a few months later, which are both fully depicted in the film.The film begins with gripping images of the violence that ripped through the capital city of Kiev during both the 2004 Orange Revolution and the 2014 removal of Yanukovich.It then travels back in time to provide a perspective that has been missing from mainstream versions of these events and even in many alternative media renditions.
After the war, both Bandera and Lebed were protected by American intelligence, which spared them from the Nuremburg tribunals.
But the new film has the potential to do so - assuming that many people get to see it.
Usually, documentaries — even good ones — repackage familiar information in a different aesthetic form.
Stetsko's wife, Slava, returned to Ukraine in 1991 and ran for parliament in 2002 on the slate of Yushchenko's Our Ukraine party.
Stetsko's book, entitled has become the ideological cornerstone for the modern Ukrainian political party Svoboda, founded by Oleh Tyahnybok, who is pictured in the film calling Jews "kikes" in public, which is one reason the Simon Wiesenthal Center has ranked him as one of the most dangerous anti-Semites in the world.