A group of professors of the National University Lviv Polytechnic offers to assign to the University the name of Stepan Bandera. This is stated in the message on the website of the University.
The authors of the initiative were made by a number of employees of the Department of history, museology and cultural heritage.
“First of all, Bandera was an outstanding Ukrainian historical figure of all those in these walls (studied here in the years 1928-1933, mastering the profession of agronomist in the agricultural Department). Secondly, he is the symbol of the Ukrainian nation, national hero, a model of courage and valor in the struggle for an independent Ukrainian state,” – said one of the initiators Vyacheslav Hnatyuk.
In his words, “the highest value of each nation – not her art, and not technical knowledge, and freedom, so the freedom fighters are the most respect and have the highest authority in the world”.
The argument Hnatiuk cites the fact that in Ukraine there are universities named in honor of are not scientists, and prominent national and state leaders and political figures.
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“Another important argument in favour of the Lviv Polytechnic national University the name of Bandera is that it would have helped to strengthen the ideals of liberty and self-sacrificing struggle for it in the Ukrainian society. This is extremely important today, when in the East the war continues, with Moscow as the aggressor,” – said the teacher.
Also Hnatiuk stresses that the awarding University named Bandera “would contribute to a strong national-Patriotic education of not only students, but young people all over Ukraine”.
At the same time, the teacher notes that not all colleagues at the Department endorsed the initiative. Her opponents were asked to name the University in honor of one of the famous scientists who once worked there.
In July 2017 the city Council of Mukachevo (Transcarpathian region) was renamed the street of Stepan Bandera and Roman Shukhevych name Lubomyr Husar and Andrey Sheptytsky, respectively.