Ukrainian Supreme Liberation Council. Secret Records

80 years ago (July 11-15, 1944), under conditions of strict secrecy, the Ukrainian Supreme Liberation Council (UHVR) was proclaimed at a constituent assembly in the foothills of the Carpathians in Lviv region. According to declassified documents from the archives of the Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine, stalin's special services learnt about the creation of this insurgent provisional Parliament or Government of the warring Ukraine only at the end of 1944. Then, as a result of one of the special operations, the chekists got hold of the minutes of the first meeting of the UHVR. Yet for quite a while longer, the nkgb could not find out the real names of the participants in that first Grand Assembly, which were deliberately changed in the document.

Stepan Lenkavskyi: “You Will Either Have Got the Ukrainian State, Or Die in the Struggle for It”

July 6 marks 120 years since the birth of Stepan Lenkavskyi, one of the founders and ideologues of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists, author of the OUN Decalogue (“Ten Commandments of a Ukrainian Nationalist”), in which he outlined the basic moral and ethical principles of a participant in the national liberation movement. It was his principled and irreconcilable stance towards the enemies of Ukrainian statehood that became the grounds for the nkgb’s opening an operational case against him and plan measures to liquidate him. This is evidenced by declassified documents from the archival funds of the Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine.

Yuriy Sheveliov. What Was Not and Could Not Be Included in the Book of Memoirs?

Why did it take Yurii Sheveliov so long to respond to Pavlo Zahrebelnyi’s invitation to visit the ussr, and what warning did he receive from a US congressman because of this? Why did Oles Honchar not want to go to New York and persuade his former teacher to return to his homeland? Why did the kgb leadership, which had been monitoring his activities for several decades, not rest easy when a prominent Ukrainian linguist criticized the concept of the “common russian language”? What questions was the kgb’s residentura in the USA tasked to raise during meetings with him, and did the target of the operational cultivation himself realize who he was dealing with? All of this is in declassified documents from the archives of the Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine.

kgb of the ussr Against the “Flying Cossacks” of the US Air Force

In the archival funds of the Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine, documents have been found which show that in the 1960s the kgb of the Ukrainian ssr purposefully collected information about US Army personnel with Ukrainian roots. Such persons were included in special lists and put on operational record. Nowadays, familiarization with these documents makes it possible to see that Ukrainian immigrants born in the United States, even in the third generation, did not lose their national identity and lived with the thought of Ukraine.

Harvard Studies of Omelyan Pritsak... From the point of view of the kgb of the Ukrainian SSR

Professor of the Universities of Hamburg, Washington, Harvard, and Kyiv, founder and first director of the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute, world-renowned Orientalist, speaker of half a hundred of languages, researcher of the ancient history of Ukraine, in particular of the source base that testified to the unique origins of Ukrainian statehood and Ukrainian territories as the center of state formation. It was Omelian Pritsak's consistent Ukrainian-centrism that became the main reason for the Ukrainian ssr kgb’s paying great attention to his figure, collecting information on him, trying to influence his position and force him to abandon his statements and not stand in the way of the interpretation of history from the standpoint of russian-soviet scholars. This is evidenced by declassified documents found in the archives of the Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine.

The Cross of Symon Petliura – to Chaplains of the Army of the Ukrainian People's Republic

In the archival funds of the Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine, there are merit certificates to the Cross of Simon Petlyura for chaplains of the Army of the Ukrainian People's Republic, who were awarded this high decoration as participants in the Ukrainian Revolution of 1917–1921 “for participation in the armed struggle for the Statehood of Ukraine under the supreme leadership of Chief Otaman Symon Petliura”. These documents make it possible to supplement the existing general register of awardees and learn more about their fate.

How Hetman Skoropadskyi Had Been Fooling the Chekists for 8 Years

In the 1920s and 1930s, the gru/nkvd of the ussr repeatedly resorted to the method of creating ficticious underground organizations inside the country. The aim was to penetrate into foreign emigration centers through them, to spy on plans, divert efforts to false targets, spread disinformation, exert influence on leaders, try to make them quarrel among themselves and, ultimately, eliminate organizational structures and supporters both inside the country and abroad. But one of those operations regarding Ukrainian emigration, still unknown to the general public, did not go according to plans that were approved and adjusted in moscow. Declassified documents from the archives of the Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine tell about it.

How the KGB Tried to Turn Ivan Bahrianyi into Ivan “Red”

In the archival funds of the Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine, documents were found that shed light on how, in the 1950s and 1960s, the mgb/kgb of the ussr tried to persuade Ukrainian cultural, scientific and literary figures in exile to cooperate, abandon anti-soviet activities, and return to the soviet union and in case of failure, measures were developed to compromise or even liquidate them. One of the objects of such operational cultivation was the famous political figure and writer Ivan Bahrianyi (bahrianyi in Ukrainian means purple- Transl.).

“Editor” Vasyl Mudryi and His “Dilo”

The list of those whom the NKVD wanted to recruit in the 1930s included Vasyl Mudryi, the then Head of the Ukrainian National Democratic Union, the most powerful western Ukrainian parliamentary party, and the Editor-in-Chief of the oldest Ukrainian Galician newspaper, “Dilo”. The declassified documents from the archives of the Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine, which supplement the already known facts about the eventful life and work of Vasyl Mudryi (March 19, 1893 – March 19, 1966), tell us why the chekists wanted to have talented journalists, speakers, and members of foreign parliaments in their specific propaganda arsenal.

To Track Down Roman Shukhevych. The mgb’s Unsuccessful Attempt

In the archives of the Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine, documents were found about a little-known operation of the ussr mgb related to the attempt to find out the whereabouts of the UPA Commander-in-Chief Roman Shukhevych in 1948-1949. In order to achieve this goal, the chekists involved the state security agencies of the Polish People's Republic, made a series of arrests in Poland and in the Ukrainian ssr, and resorted to their usual practice of persuading couriers sent by the OUN leadership to Ukraine on a special mission to the rebel leader to cooperate.