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Ukrainian nationalists in western Ukrainian city of Lviv have held a rally in commemoration of the Galician Waffen-SS division created in 1943, despite a ban asking them to stop.

One attendee said "Their oath of allegiance was for Ukraine. They are our heroes and that is why we honour them every year." Past marches have led to clashes between marchers and Soviet army veterans and left-wing extremist groups. Also called the Galician division, the group was formed to exclusively fight Bolsheviks, but it still creates tension between political groups and affiliations today.

The 14th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS (1st Ukrainian) (German: 14. Waffen Grenadier Division der SS (galizische Nr.1), prior to 1944 titled the 14th SS-Volunteer Division "Galician" (German: 14. SS-Freiwilligen Division "Galizien") was a military formation initially made up of volunteers from the region of Galicia with a Ukrainian ethnic background but later also incorporated Slovaks, Czechs and Dutch volunteers and officers.

Formed in 1943, it was largely destroyed in the battle of Brody, reformed, and saw action in Slovakia, Yugoslavia and Austria before being renamed the first division of the Ukrainian National Army and surrendering to the Western Allies by 10 May 1945.

 

 

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