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Yevhen Shtendera:



This is a letter or excerpt from a letter to M. Onyshkevych ("Orest"), commander of the UPA 6 Military Region "Sian", written several days after the night attack by the UPA and WiN on Hrubeshiv on May 27, 1946. The letter was preserved in a hand-written copy made by Onyshkevych, without any signature or date. The author states that he was wounded in the chest during the action in the Terebinka forest. He provides a brief description of the attack on Hrubeshiv, the combat in the Terebinka forest and the skirmishes of the "Vovky 2" subunit commanded by Yevhen Yashchuk ("Duda") and the SB combat group commanded by Vsevolod Pshepiurskyi ("Ikar"), which took place on May 29, 1946.

The author regards the operation successful. The enemy sustained large losses while the UPA and SB had only one soldier killed and one wounded in the town, and in all the skirmishes, six killed and 10 wounded. A UBP worker reported in Waria that on May 27 an NKVD general came to Hrubeshiv to conduct an inspection, with a retinue of 15 men, including four majors; they were, supposedly, all killed in the destroyed barracks. But this information was exaggerated; in fact, the chief of staff of the 98 NKVD regiment came from Lublin to direct the raids against the UPA in the Terebinka forest on the morning of May 28, 1946.

Issue 4,    Autumn 2000    Litopys
Published by Forum for the Studies of the History of the UPA
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