*) Special number of "Shlyakh Peremohy," No. 43 of 18 October, 1959.
|**) The village and forest near the city of Lviv (Lvov), West Ukraine, where General Roman Shukhevych (Taras Chuprynka), the Supreme Commander of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (U.P.A.) was killed in a combat with Russian security troops on March 5th, 1950.|
"In the tasks before the Organization as such, as well as in the tasks to be fulfilled by individual members, we must always be guided by the same principle, to which we have adhered in the past and which has in the highest degree become imperative in the homeland: the principle of self-sacrificing devotion." "The Organization must demand of its members that which is indispensable to our fight: to sacrifice everything, if need be. Every member must be prepared to give up his family, his personal plans for the future, his profession, to join the battle under the toughest conditions and — if fate wills it — to sacrifice even his life. This is the fundamental duty of members, the fulfilment of which the Organization can and will demand of every member without exception." "Our Organization in countries abroad as well as in the homeland has room only for those who possess a sense of responsibility and moral strength and who will dedicate themselves and all they have to the service of our cause. From the basic principle of duty to the cause will derive the directives of the Organization to its members concerning the tasks and the means to fulfil them." "True self-sacrifice, sincere devotion to the task and disregard for the material things of life must issue from the moral attitude of every genuine member."Calling for the necessary "thorough examination of the position of OUN Units Abroad and self-examination of each member" the leader stressed that "the certainty of difficulties will not intimidate or detain us in our fight." He closed his 'Words to Ukrainian Nationalists' with the exhortation addressed to us all: "Let us prepare and set about the great deeds, for the great time is near!" This "great deed" for which we are to prepare and which we, as members of the OUN and the Ukrainian liberation front, are to tackle as Stepan Bandera ordered us, is the Ukrainian national revolution. In countless publications, and particularly in his book 'The Prospects of the Ukrainian National Revolution,' Stepan Bandera has exhaustively stated the main tasks of the OUN as the advance-guard, leader and originator of this revolution and the advocate of the Ukrainian people; and he has shown the only correct way in which final victory can be won in the gigantic fight to the death against barbarous and imperialist Moscow, the fiercest enemy of Ukraine and of the whole freedom-loving world. When he spoke of the driving forces of the revolution and discussed the basic and generally valid manner of mobilising the people, i.e. an ideological and political mobilisation, Stepan Bandera heavily underlined the moral aspects, as "the promotion of an idealistic and determined attitude, the readiness to fight in the historic contest of the nation and to sacrifice personal security, possessions and even life." He declared: "The most important factor in revolutionary education is the living example of heroic deeds in the fight of a revolutionary organization." From the point of view of an heroic life and a martyr's death, Stepan Bandera is indeed an example worthy of emulation to us all, to every Ukrainian nationalist revolutionary, to every Ukrainian patriot and to the whole Ukrainian people. The leader Stepan Bandera emphasized that "a sound foundation for revolution can only be found in the native forces of the peoples, subjugated by bolshevism, fighting on their own." He stressed that in order to rouse the people against foreign domination "one must, while negating the existing state of affairs, lift up their own ideals which are based on their own aims and desires and which only require the strength of will and readiness to fight to come into their own again." Underlying his statements and conclusions was his unshakable faith in the inexhaustible and life-giving forces of the Ukrainian people. He said:
"The ideas of Ukrainian nationalism, which spring from the mind of the Ukrainian people and from its philosophy of life, which express their ideal conception of life and are signposts on the road of history — these are the perpetual motive power behind the Ukrainian nationalist anti-bolshevist revolution." "The revolutionary Organization, which aims in its work and fight at the realisation of the revolutionary idea, becomes the fundamental and guiding active force in the revolutionary process... In the struggle for a free Ukraine this leading force, the OUN, was born and grew up, until in our day it penetrates with its initiative all forms and branches of the revolutionary movement. Maintenance, strengthening and perfection of the OUN are of fundamental importance for the successful development of the national revolution... The most important thing, however, is that the Organization consistently pursues its work for the eventual realisation of the immutable ideas from which it draws its strength."These are the basic ideas and guiding principles in which Stepan Bandera firmly believed and according to which he acted. They are the testament which he has left us. Under his leadership the OUN grew into a strong ideological force and became the advance-guard in the revolutionary fight for freedom of Ukraine, which is a fatal threat to Moscow's rule. Comrades, Nationalists! People of Ukraine! The road taken by our late leader is our road; it must be followed not only by the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists but by the entire Ukrainian people. Neither the revolutionaries in the OUN, nor the Ukrainian people will stray from this road, until we have achieved the goal for which Stepan Bandera gave his life. His testament shall be law unto us and guide our fight and our lives. We shall not give ourselves a moment's rest in the gigantic fight which we have for decades been carrying on against the cruel conqueror of Ukraine, that is Russian imperialism. In answer to the enemy's latest act of terror we shall intensify our fight for a United and Independent Ukrainian State and against the rule of terror and exploitation of our fatherland by an insatiable Moscow. We shall close our ranks vet more firmly under the banner of the national struggle for liberation, under the banner of Stepan Bandera's spirit. We shall increase our vigilance against any designs of the enemy and shall strengthen our internal discipline and readiness for action. We shall exert ourselves in strengthening the positions of the national liberation front in order to make it invulnerable against the enemy's attacks, however severe; and we shall uphold the cause which in the end is to defeat Moscow and to bring freedom and justice to the world. Eternal glory to Stepan Bandera, the knight of the Ukrainian national revolution, the faithful son of Ukraine! Long live the OUN, the organizer, leader and advance-guard of the Ukrainian national liberation front, the spokesman of the will of the Ukrainian people! Long live the United Ukrainian Independent State! At Headquarters, October, 1959. The Leadership of Units Abroad