ake Benjamin Netanyahu’s ongoing visit to Ukraine. The Israeli prime minister was greeted by President Volodymyr Zelensky with a lot of decorum. There were red carpets, flags, ceremonious signing of important documents, and a small military parade to treat the former Israeli commando.
And of course Zelensky used the official greeting, which Ukraine adopted last year, “Glory to Ukraine,” to which his loyal troops gave the regulation response, “Glory to heroes.” The exchange is new for the Ukrainian military, but relatively old in itself.
Originating in the early 20th century circles of nationalists who wanted to carve up parts of Imperial Russia and Poland and create an independent Ukraine, it saw its heyday as the call of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN) and its militant wing Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA). They pursued their vision of a nation state through allying with the Nazis and exterminating Poles and Jews.