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America’s Dark History of Supporting Ukrainian Fascists and War Criminals

Author Andrey Panevin / Edited by @GBabeuf


The American support of contemporary Ukrainian fascism albeit shocking is in fact not a new political phenomenon. Documents declassified by the CIA under a FOIA request entitled The NAZI War Crimes Declassification Act show that not only was the CIA monitoring Ukrainian fascist groups during and after WWII, it was also actively aiding them and protecting them from prosecution. These and other documents can be found in the CIA’s Freedom of Information Act Electronic Reading RoomThe following documents are but a few of the many that pertain to America’s protection of war criminals the world over.

Stepan Bandera


Stepan Bandera, who was the leader of the OUN (Organisation of Ukrainian Nationalists), is a man revered by the current Ukrainian authorities and seen by the fascist Ukrainian battalions as a national hero. Both western politicians and the mainstream media have worked hard to obscure his role in Ukraine’s history of ultra-nationalist and fascist movements. He was, in fact, a ruthless mass murderer whose wartime atrocities can only be viewed as crimes against humanity. With his wholesale rehabilitation in Ukraine, the anti-fascist opposition has taken to calling his supporters ‘Banderites’ and their actions ‘Banderism’.

Stepan Bandera’s legacy not only benefits from the ignorance engendered by today’s corporate media and politicians; he also, from the years of the Second World War up until his death, personally benefited from the aid of the American government. Not only was he protected from the justice of the Soviet Union but he also enjoyed the ability to ask for Washington’s help in such matters as obtaining visas and secret accommodation.


The CIA was acutely aware of Bandera’s fascist views but they understood that if he was captured by the Soviet Union he would not be accorded the same mercy that was granted due to American interests in post-war Europe. The following series of images details the lengths to which the CIA went in order to keep Bandera out of Soviet hands and to further avoid branding him a ‘war criminal’.




The US government’s assistance to Stepan Bandera extended up until the year of his death (1959), as the following image shows. Bandera himself knew that matters such as the granting of a visa could only be achieved with “Washington’s approval”.


Yaroslav Stestko


Yaroslav Stetsko was a prominent figure in the OUN and its leader from 1968 until his death in 1986. Stetsko’s book, Two Revolutions (1951), also provides one of the bases of the ideological platform of the ultra-nationalist party ‘Svoboda’. Stetsko’s relationship with the CIA and the US government is extensive and stretches from his time in the OUN with Bandera until his death in Munich. The following images show that Stetsko was constantly receiving information from UPA and OUN members within Ukraine and relaying it to American contacts.




Stetsko not only provided information to US authorities about the situation in Ukraine, but he also enjoyed the confidence of Allen Dulles, the director of the CIA at the time. As the letter below demonstrates, Stetskoas president of the ‘Anti-Bolshevik Bloc of Nations’advised the CIA on how to utilise nationalism as a “potent force” in European affairs.


Another document further proves that Stetsko and other ‘Banderists’ received support not only from the US, but from the British government as well.


Mykola Lebed


Mykola Lebed was a prominent Ukrainian fascist whose desire to “cleanse the entire revolutionary territory of the Polish population” led to scenes of unimaginable violence:

…(UPA) are not discriminating about who they kill; they are gunning down the populations of entire villages… Since there are hardly any Jews left to kill, the Bandera gangs have turned on the Poles. They are literally hacking Poles to pieces. Every day […] you can see the bodies of Poles, with wires around their necks, floating down the river Bug.” Hitler’s Shadow: Nazi War Criminals, U.S Intelligence and the Cold War

There can be no doubt that, among the Ukrainian fascist war criminals, Lebed was one of the most sadistic and ruthless. This makes it all the more shocking that he was continuously protected by the CIA until his death. Such was the protection that he received that Allen Dulles personally shielded him from facing justice. Dulles wrote a letter that not only allowed Lebed to enter the United States but vehemently denied his role in the 1934 assassination of the Polish Minister of the Interior and his collaboration with the Nazis in WWII.


The CIA constantly monitored Lebed and did everything in its power to avoid the truth about his past being exposed by journalists or the Department of Justice. Furthermore they reveal collaboration between the CIA and elements of the OSI (Office of Special Investigations), indicating that the two departments worked together to keep Lebed’s past from being revealed by their own department.



These documents, among many others, show that the American government has supported and protected Ukrainian fascists and war criminals long before the ‘Orange Revolution’ or ‘Maidan’ in Ukraine. These years of supporting Ukrainian fascism have allowed the US and its allies to hone their sordid skills to perfection, to the point that, in 2015, an openly fascist Ukrainian government is terrorising those that it considers undesirable and spewing hatred at its ‘subhuman’ Russian neighbours. In the meantime the mainstream press and their western paymasters will continue to promote the easily disproved fallacy that “there are no fascists in Ukraine”. Not only are there fascists in Ukraine, but they also occupy the highest levels of the American government and its agencies.


28 thoughts on “America’s Dark History of Supporting Ukrainian Fascists and War Criminals

  1. This article reminds me of the passage from Carl Olglesby’s “Yankee and Cowboy War” about the Gehlen Organization. The book is out of print and goes for incredible prices on Amazon but the excerpt is available on line at

    “Captured in May, Gehlen arrived in Washington three months later, August 22, 1945, in the uniform of a general of the United States Army, flown there in the command transport of Gen. Walter Bedell Smith. In a series of secret meetings with Allen Dulles and Wild Bill Donovan of the OSS, he laid out in detail the proposal – the surrender conditions, essentially – which he was offering the Americans.

    Postwar Europe, he pointed out, as everyone knew, was certain to become the arena of confrontation between the United States and the Soviet Union ultimately even greater than the confrontation just ending between the victorious Allies and the vanquished Axis powers. The Soviets, he said, were well prepared for this new confrontation from an intelligence standpoint, as who better than he could say, and the Americans were not. The Russians had a crack spy network in West Europe and America, but the Americans did not have a spy network of any kind or quality in East Europe and Russia. Did that not put the Americans at an important disadvantage in the forthcoming stuggles?

    Then where and how could the Americans procure the needed capability? Recruiting and training a corps of Russian and Central European intelligence agents and building a network of reliable sources and experts nearly from scratch could take years, generations. The Americans agreed with Gehlen that they did not have that much time.

    Very well, Gehlen had a practical solution to this very problem. His own intelligence apparatus was still intact within the collapsing Hitler government. It was as capable as ever of delivering large masses of high-quality intelligence data on all aspects of Soviet life. Hitler had never taken advantage of this capability, Gehlen explained. Hitler had ignored Gehlen’s organization and had gone on to ruin. Still it was there. It might have been put to better use. It still could be, should the Americans accept his offer.

    Gehlen’s offer was for the Americans to pick up his organization bodily and bolt it into the empty space of their own intelligence system, as though it were one of the spoils of the war. Gehlen could plausibly guarantee his network’s unmatched and unbending loyalty to the cause of anti-Bolshevism and the fifty-two crates he had buried in Misery Meadow were tangible proofs of his power and a foretaste of secret knowledge to come.

    All the Americans had to do was to meet Gehlen’s four conditions. First, Gehlen was to have complete autonomy within his organization and total control over its activities. The Americans would tell him what they wanted and they would get it, satisfaction guaranteed, but they would have to know nothing about the process by which Gehlen got it to give them; that knowledge was Gehlen’s own. He even reserved the right to approve U.S. liason officers assigned to him. Second, the Americans would agree to use Gehlen only against the USSR and the East European satellites. Third, when a new German government was set up, the Americans would constitutionally install the Gehlen organization in it as its official central intelligence agency and cancel automatically all outstanding Gehlen commitments to the United States. Fourth, the Americans would never require Gehlen to do anything he considered against German national interests.

    In the long and the short, our guys fell for it. Even as the United States was publicly proclaiming a policy of unconditional German surrender, Gehlen’s incredible conditions were met and his organization was being established at the very core and seat of the American system of foreign intelligence under the responsibility of Allen Dulles’s Secret Intelligence Branch of the OSS. By the time of the transformation of the OSS into the CIA in 1948, Gehlen had grown tight with Dulles and his organization had become in effect the CIA’s department of Russian and East European affairs. Soon after the formation of NATO, it became the official NATO intelligence organization. And as per Gehlen’s third condition, his organization was installed as the core and he as the director of the West German CIA, the Bundesnachtendienst (BND).

    We need to go no further into the exploits of this last long improbable phase of Gehlen’s career, save to note that it spans the Cold War, that it was current as of Watergate, and that Gehlen had to be pried out of a spy’s “retirement” in 1974 to testify in the sensational West German spy scandal that brought down Willy Brandt. Look what power the victors conceded the vanquished. Exclusive purveyor of intelligence on the Soviet Union and East Europe to the United States, West Germany, and NATO, Gehlen and the spirit kept alive in him and his staff had more power over the official American perceptions in the postwar than even a German victory could have given them. The Gehlen-Vlassov intelligence system had become a main source and fountain of official American consciousness.

    Behold the span of this concatenation. First in the time of Trotsky there is General Vlassov and his anti-Bolshevist army and spy ring. The Vlassove apparatus is then at a certain later point assimilated to the Gehlen apparatus. Then just as the White Russian spies jumped to the Nazis when their own army went down, so now the German Nazi and Russian Czarist spies together jumped to the American army as the Wehrmacht was falling. Vlassov first became a department of Gehlen, then Gehlen became a department of Allen Dulles.

    This is how it came to pass that a Czarist spy ring inside a Nazi spy ring took up the inner seats in the American foreign intelligence apparatus at the precise moment that this apparatus was starting to come forward as a major player in the great policy wars of Washington and the world. This is how it came to pass that everything official Washington would know about the Soviet Union and East Europe on the most believable report, everything about the enemy our policymakers would most confidently believe, would come by way of Czarists and Nazis installed at the center of our national intelligence system. That was a buzzard that would come home to roost again and again.

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    Posted by nazcalito | Aug 10, 2015, 16:48
    • Bingo! Your vital info filled in 99% of the gaps for me. I was fully aware of the workings of the Dulles’ Brothers, but didn’t know the details you revealed. Thank you immensely… this must be known.


      Posted by Nova Shpakova | Aug 10, 2015, 22:06
  2. Reblogged this on susannapanevin.


    Posted by susannapanevin | Aug 10, 2015, 20:51
  3. It is sickening, appaulling to me as an American to really see how ‘my’ country has used such vile elements to rip apart people’s lives in the country of my forefathers – Ukraine. I WILL make sure the word gets out!


    Posted by Nova Shpakova | Aug 10, 2015, 21:47
  4. Ah Gehlen. A question, dear readers. He was in charge of the Foreign Armies East section of German military intelligence and that is the expertise that he offered the Americans. My question is simply this: was there any occasion in which the Soviets did not take the Germans by surprise? In short, Gehlen never got it right.


    Posted by Patrick Armstrong | Aug 10, 2015, 22:02
  5. What does the lead photo represent? An informative caption would be helpful, otherwise it is just a black and white photo of old white men in dark suits.


    Posted by Tony Seed | Aug 11, 2015, 01:26
    • Looks like a funeral and reunion of the old OUN guys. Bandera is the short guy in the middle.


      Posted by babeuf79 | Aug 11, 2015, 01:41
  6. High quality high level educational article. Denotes American government planning that is Evil at its basis. Another example is in the around 1947 CIA recruitment of Arab terrorists for attacks inside Russia. Find on Amazon that book by Ian Smith “A Mosque in Munic” . The Evil using terrorists of any kind continues. From the CIA destruction of our WTC buildings with explosives to start wars in the mid east, continue to the support of ISIL against Assad in Syria, continues to the US and Saudi Arabia gov start of ISIS (all Sunni muslims) for their second attempt to take over control of all of the mid east. Of course mass slaughter of humans does not matter. Evil is their soul. Note an underlying purpose of the latest terrorist wars is backed by the atheist gov of Israel. They have many Zionist organizations in the US who influence congress and own the presidency. Dr. Ronald Cutburth, engineering scientist, intelligence expert.


    Posted by drcutburth | Aug 11, 2015, 13:25
  7. Reblogged this on wgrovedotnet and commented:
    The US are and always have been the greatest threat to World Peace and mankind.


    Posted by mohandeer | Aug 11, 2015, 14:40
  8. 4 Gehlen conditions are CORE to present realpolitic. Many thanks.


    Posted by fremo.remo. | Aug 11, 2015, 21:10
  9. Reblogged this on vaskaxtumir and commented:
    The true history of Canada’s part in sheltering Ukrainian Nazi collaborators and in aiding and abetting the rise of neo-Nazism in Ukraine and the Baltics remains to be written.


    Posted by Vaska | Oct 16, 2015, 00:53
  10. What a one sided view of Ukranian History ! It makes me think that the writer is a Jew. You people never stop trying to re-write History
    Maybe the Americans on the ground were much more cognisant of Ukrainian history and realised that the Waffen SS and Germans generally were welcomed into the Ukraine and that they were the true liberators. They liberated Ukraine from the Jewish Yoke and Bolshevik Jewish attrocities. Remember it was the Jew Kaganovich and Stalin who ‘masterminded’ the starvation of millions of Ukrainians which is today called the Holodomor.
    How about the following quote,
    When the Rohrberg Commission of Enquiry entered Kiev after the taking of that town by the Volunteer Army in August 1919, it found the execution hall of the Cheka in the following state:

    “All the cement floor of the great garage (the execution hall of the departmental Cheka of Kief) was flooded with blood. This blood was no longer flowing, it formed a layer of several inches: it was a horrible mixture of blood, brains, of pieces of skull, of tufts of hair and other human remains. All the walls were bespattered with blood; pieces of brains and scalps were sticking to them.
    A gutter twenty five centimetres wide by twenty five centimetres deep and about ten metres long ran from the centre of the garage towards a subterranean drain. This gutter along its whole length was full to the top with blood…Usually as soon as the massacre had taken place the bodies were conveyed out of the town in motor lorries and buried beside the grave about which we have spoken; we found in a corner of the garden another grave which was older and contained about eighty bodies. Here we discovered on the bodies traces of cruelties and mutilations the most varied and unimaginable. Some bodies were disembowelled, others had limbs chopped off, some were literally hacked to pieces. Some had their eyes put out and the head, face ,neck and trunk covered with deep wounds. Further on we found a corpse with a wedge driven into the chest. Some had no tongues. In a corner of the grave we discovered a certain quantity of arms and legs….”

    We have no exact documents permitting us to estimate exactly the total number of victims, the figures exceed imagination.
    Professor Sarolea gives in the Scotsman 7th November 1923 the following figures. 28 bishops, 1219 priests, 6000 professors and teachers, 9000 doctors, 54,000 officers, 260,000 soldiers, 70,000 policemen, 12950 property owners, 535,250 members of the intellectual and liberal professions, 193,290 workmen, 618,000 peasants”

    Do you really think the Germans would have received justice in the Soviet Union ??? The Truth is the Truth and you can’t bend it however much you try.

    I am sure this comment will be removed because it does not run with your “Narrative” which is deception. Two good things….One, you now know for certain that there are people out there who NEVER FORGET and don’t buy your bullshit ! Two, not many people will be reading your articles anyway.


    Posted by Joshua | Nov 25, 2016, 07:17


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