Enmeshed in a deadly struggle with Russian separatists, many Ukrainians are seeking to fashion their own nationalist ethos. While that is somewhat understandable, Bandera is a poor model. Seventy years after the end of World War II, Ukrainians must eschew such symbols and look elsewhere in the search for a national identity.
Recently, I caught up with Marko Bojcun, a Ukraine expert and political scientist at London Metropolitan University. Bojcun has worked in Ukraine on and off for 20 years, and was recently shouted down by rightists in a Kiev bookstore when he attempted to engage in a discussion about the historic role of Leon Trotsky.
Like other countries, Ukraine will have to consider transitional justice strategies that balance truth-telling and accountability. It will also need a plan for disarming, demobilizing, and reintegrating both pro-independence fighters in Eastern Ukraine, as well as nationalist groups including Right Sector.