Former Ukrainian partisans meet with protests as they hold first official celebration

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For the first time since World War II, former Ukrainian partisans celebrated their nationalist army's creation Sunday with the full approval of the Ukrainian government, despite efforts by angry socialists and communists to break up their gathering in central Kiev.

The Ukrainian Insurgent Army, or UPA, battled both Soviet and Nazi forces during the war, and for several years after the war continued to carry out raids against the Soviets and to disrupt efforts to collectivize farms.

Since the 1991 Soviet collapse, the former partisans have sought financial and moral recognition similar to what Red Army veterans have long enjoyed.

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