Ukrainian singer Melovin has shared a video of himself performing a song celebrating ultranationalist Nazi collaborator Stepan Bandera at a Gay Pride march in Munich, Germany on Sunday.
The clip was published on the artist’s social media accounts with the caption “Who said Bandera was a homophobe?” and featured Melovin singing “Bandera is our father, Ukraine is our mother, for Ukraine we will fight.” The large crowd, which was waving Ukrainian and LGBTQ flags, enthusiastically danced and sang along to the lyrics.
However, the video has triggered a backlash online, with many users questioning the need to link Ukraine’s national identity with Nazi collaborators such as Bandera.
Bandera was the head of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN), which was infamous for its anti-Semitic ideology and active collaboration with Nazi forces. During World War II, the OUN’s paramilitary wing, the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA), was responsible for slaughtering tens of thousands of Poles and contributing to the Holocaust in Ukraine, which is estimated to have cost as many as 1.6 million Jewish lives.