Revolutionary Insurrectionary Army of Ukraine

The Revolutionary Insurrectionary Army of Ukraine: the Ukrainian independence military organization, active in years 1942-1947 in the territory of western Ukraine. It was subordinate to the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists. At the end of 1943 and at the beginning of 1944 it consisted of forty thousand members. At the beginning its leader was R. Klaczkiwski and from October 1943 R. Szuchewycz. As part of the Revolutionary Insurrectionary Army of Ukraine partisan units were formed, who fought against German occupants and Soviet partisans, and in the period of spring 1943 to the beginnings of 1945 conducted an ethnic cleansing in the territory of Volhynia, Polesie and Western Galicia, where app. one hundred thousand of Poles were murdered. After the encroach of the Red Army in this territory in 1944 the Ukrainian Army conducted successful sabotage actions against it. The Ukrainian Army was dissolved in April 1946, while in Poland (Podkarpacie, Zamojszczyzna) in 1947.

The term was created within the framework of the project Zapisywanie świata żydowskiego w Polsce [recording the Jewish environment in Poland], whose author is Anka Grupińska, a well-known Polish journalist and writer, specializing in the modern history of the Polish Jews. The project, initiated in 2006 by the Museum of the History of Polish Jews, consists in recording interviews with Polish Jews from all generations.
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