BRAMA, September 13, 2007, 9:00 am ET|
Corrected name: Kuk (was Kruk)
Vasyl Kuk, Last Leader of Ukrainian Insurgent Army Dies
KYIV, September 10 (UKRINFORM) The last leader of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA), Vasyl Kuk, died in Kyiv.
Mr. Kuk was born on January 11, 1913 in the village of Krasne, Lviv region. He joined the Ukrainian Military Organization in 1929. His arrest from 1933 till 1936 was followed by an imprisonment. In May 1937, he became an undergound UPA member.
On June 30, 1941, Vasyl Kuk participated in the proclamation of the Act of Revival of the Ukrainian State in Lviv and led a group to repeat the deed in Kyiv. The attempt was foiled by the activist's arrest in the vicinity of the capital. Following his escape from Nazi captivity Vasyl Kuk headed the branch of the Ukrainian Nationalists' Organization (OUN) in Dnipropetrovsk.
In 1944 Vasyl Kuk became a close associate of Leader of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army Roman Shukhevych and later on his deputy. After Shukhevych's death in March 1950, Vasyl Kuk took over his duties.
The UPA leader remained imprisoned for six years before Khrushchev came to power.
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