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In Ukraine, Stepan Bandera's legacy becomes a political football... again | EuroNews - March 19, 2021 |

Now the authorities in Lviv, in western Ukraine, have reignited the debate over the wartime militia leader by requesting the government to rename Arena Lviv in honour of Bandera and forcing Ukrainian President Volodimir Zelenskyy to pick a side during a bitter election battle.

"They are pressuring Zelenskyy and [Denys] Shmygal, the prime minister, to decide if they are nationalist or not," said Alexei Jakubin, a senior politics lecturer at Kyiv Polytechnic Institute.

Zelenskyy, who won the 2019 election in Ukraine by a landslide with over 70% of the vote, is currently polling at just 19%.

Lviv's authorities, dominated by right-wing parties including Svoboda and European Solidarity, the party of former president Petro Poroshenko, smell blood.

"Zelenskyy and Poroshenko have a fight going on about who is the most patriotic [and] Zelenskyy is in a difficult position because his support is much lower he is moving [towards] the right wing, which is the territory of Poroshenko," said Jakubin.
"This is a test to see whether or not he is a real patriot," he added.

It is not the first time by any means that a war over Bandera's legacy has been waged in the highest echelons of Ukrainian politics.

In 2010, Bandera was named a "Hero of Ukraine" by the outgoing President Viktor Yushchenko, sparking anger in Europe, Poland and Israel.

He was stripped of the title in 2011 under Yushchenko's replacement, President Viktor Yanukovych, but when Yanukovych was ousted in 2014, Kyiv's City Council renamed the city's Moscow Avenue Stepan Bandera Avenue after the Russian invasion of eastern Ukraine.

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