Ivano-Frankivsk - city of heroes

An annotative memorial plaque was opened to Fotii Volodymyrskyi

Tuesday, 14 October 2014
An annotative memorial plaque was opened to Fotii Volodymyrskyi

Today, on October 14 - the Day of the Intercession of the Mother of God – there was opened an annotative plaque to Fotii Volodymyrskyi in Ivano-Frankivsk – a member of the UIA, a prisoner of concentration camps, the Chairman of the OUN-UIA Brotherhood of the Carpathian region. The plaque is placed at 46 Lepkyi Str. – the building of the office of the OUN-UIA Brotherhood of the Carpathian region.

A special code on the plaque helps citizens and visitors of Ivano-Frankivsk with mobile devices to obtain information about the figure of Volodymyrskyi from the web-site of the program. After the opening ceremony a traditional procession of UIA members went to city center to hold a city council.

The annotative plaque is the part of the program "Ivano-Frankivsk – the city of heroes." It is the 14th plaque in Ivano-Frankivsk, which honors the heroes who did their deeds in our city for the great future of our country.

His son Bogdan Volodymyrskyi, the Head of the OUN-UIA Brotherhood of the Carpathian region Stepan Gah and the Secretary of the City Council Mykola Vitenko, who along with the fellow deputies initiated and implemented the program "Ivano-Frankivsk - the city of heroes", made their speeches at the opening ceremony.


Bibliographical reference:

Fotii Volodymyrskyi was born on September 1, 1924 in Vyshnevets village of Ternopil region. At the age of 19 he joined the ranks of the UIA, where he was assigned to the sotnia of "Chip" under the pseudonym “Muha (the Fly)”.

In June of 1943, he was shot in the arm and leg for the first time during the fight with the Germans in Kolodne village (near Zbarazh). After the medical treatment he worked at the Security Service of the District. In 1944 he was sent to gendarmerie of the kurin “Nalyvayko”. During the World War II he fought as a member of the UIA in Volyn and Lviv regions. Then his kurin was sent to Kholmshchyna to fight against the Polish Home Army, which terrorized the Ukrainians, who lived there. They crossed the front line and in August of 1944 they returned to Volyn. And again they made a raid in Volyn and Lviv regions, where in December of 1944 Fotii Volodymyrskyi was wounded in both legs by a grenade in Nyvytsi village of the Radehiv district.

He was being treated but on March 13, 1945 he was caught by the NKVD (The People's Commissariat for Internal Affairs). He spent the whole year on remand in prison in Lopatyn (Lviv region). After this he was sentenced to 10 years` imprisonment. He served his imprisonment in Komi Republic in Inta. After the end of the “serving the punishment” he had no right to return to Ukraine, so for 23 years he was working in the coal mines of Inta.

Since 1990 Fotii Volodymyrskyi was in the ranks of the OUN-UIA Brotherhood. In 1994 he was elected as the Chairman of the OUN-UIA Brotherhood of the Carpathian region.

He was a tireless fighter for the independence of Ukraine.

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