The Movie "The Undefeated" -
Roman Shukhevych (Taras Chuprynka)

               Командир Армiї Безсмертних - Головний Командир У.П.А.
Роман Шухевич (Тарас Чупринка)

Commander of the Immortal Army

The Brotherhoods of Ukrainian Nationalists  fought under the auspices of the Bandera faction of the OUN (OUN-B) and was divided into two groups: Nachtigall and Roland.Nachtigall had about 1,000 men in Lviv when a Ukrainian state was proclaimed in June 1941. After the arrest of the OUN-B leadership, both battalions were returned to Frankfurt an der Oder and there organized into Guard Battalion 201, which was sent to Belorussia to combat Soviet partisans. Because of various complaints about the Ukrainians' insubordination, almost all the Ukrainian officers were arrested and the unit disbanded. One officer, Captain Roman Shukhevych, escaped and later became Commander-in-Chief of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA). He headed the Ukrainian underground until his death in a battle with Soviet MVD troops in March 1950, near Lviv.

On March 5, 1950, the Soviets succeeded in locating the bunker of the top leader of the Ukrainian liberation movement, the Chairman of the General Secretariat of the Supreme Ukrainian Liberation Council and the Commander-in-Chief of the Ukrainian Insurgence Army (UPS), Gen. Roman Shukhevych (Taras Chuprynka), and killed him. His place was taken by Col. Vasyl Kuk (Koval) who continued to lead the movement until his capture in mysterious circumstances either in 1954 or 1955. he survived and now lives in Kiev. It appears, however, that after Chuprynka's death the underground activities began to wind down and by the middle 1950s ceased to exist as an organized movement.

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