Old UPA documents found in forest near Lviv



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“Yesterday (Saturday, August 5, 2017) was a most interesting day. That’s why I love walking and digging in the forest… you never know what you’re going to stumble on. When I realized that I wasn’t looking at an explosive, but at the lid of a large aluminum can, I started imagining what treasures might be hidden inside. Once, I met a local fellow, a “digger” like me, who boasted that he’d found something similar. And, I wasn’t wrong! The can contained old UPA (Ukrainian Insurgent Army) archival documents!” writes Yuriy D.


“Of course, I couldn’t resist looking through the content of the container although the paper was rather fragile and brittle. I called up Volodymyr Vyatrovych, Director of the Ukrainian Institute of National remembrance who referred me to the Museum “Prison on Lonskoho” in Lviv, and I personally handed over my findings to Director Ruslan Zabily. He promised they’d give me a certificate of acceptance-transmission with a more detailed description of the content, and later a disk of all the digitized documents.”


“I looked through only a part of the documents in order not to damage them, and from what I read, they relate to the 1948-1950s, from geographically different regions – Bukovyna, Ivano-Frankivsk, and Lviv regions. After digitizing, the documents should be displayed on the Internet, and a public presentation will also be organized.”

Translated by: Christine Chraibi
Source: Forpost.lviv

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  • yarkot

    Is there a current historical document archive available on the internet this will become part of?

    • Dagwood Bumstead

      There’s some sort of online archive at:


      Unfortunately it’s in Ukrainian only and I don’t know enough Ukrainian to have more than an extremely rough understanding of what has been made available there. Whether these documents and those already found in other discoveries will be posted here is anybody’s guess.

  • Mykola Potytorsky

    post as soon as possible

  • Screwdriver

    Once it reveal some anti-Semitic content, it would be immediately labeled as “Russian provocation” :-)

    • svend lykkegaard

      Now the Russian Trolls gets more and more stupid. They pretend to know what the papers will reveal.

      • Dagwood Bumstead

        Don’t be too hard on the Savushkina trolls. They weren’t Bright Sparks to begin with and were “educated” in what was supposedly an education system. On top of that they had to undergo a lobotomy and castration to qualify for the troll job. Quaffing the cheap rotgut samogon the dwarf pays them with for their trolling activities doesn’t help as what’s left of their brain is slowly dissolved. And Krokodil addiction doesn’t improve matters one bit.
        So they can’t help being thick.

    • veth

      Russians are anti-Semitic for 2000 years.

      • Screwdriver

        Honey, Russians did not exist even 1500 years ago. :-)
        Did you ever graduated high school ?

        • veth

          High school , that’s playing baseball, soccer, and other fake sports and 2 hours history per year, well, in America.

  • zorbatheturk

    Shame it wasn’t Putin’s bones.

    • Dagwood Bumstead

      Moscow’s stray dogs wil feast on the dwarf’s bones.

      • veth

        Russian President Vladimir Putin has visited Georgia’s breakaway region of Abkhazia and reiterated Russia’s support for the separatists.

        The Georgian government condemned the August 8 visit, which coincided with the ninth anniversary of the five-day Russia-Georgia war, as a “cynical action.

        He has less manners than Hitler.

  • Aussieuke

    The sooner all such historical documents are published freely on the web the quicker they become public property for retention in perpetuity.

  • Ihor Dawydiak

    Aside from some of the highly controversial activities of some rogue elements within the UPA, this underground Army which existed for approximately 15 years (1942-1957) fought for the better interests of the Ukrainian people and was faced with the dubious if not completely impossible task of creating an independent and sovereign Ukraine. In fact, their insurrection was largely unheard of both during and after WWII apart from people who vilified this guerrilla Army and those who considered them as the true heroes of Ukraine. However, their fight, their sacrifices and the sacrifices made by the many people who supported them, were not in vain. In fact, they left a legacy (whether it be viewed negatively or positively) in Ukraine which finally culminated with the independence of Ukraine in 1992 and the reorientation of Ukraine away from Russia and towards the European Family of Nations. Any newly found documents from their era would only provide a better understanding for historians and the general public as to how they toiled and how they contributed to the dissident movement which followed them in the annals of Ukrainian history.

  • veth