Ukraine nationalists rally to commemorate Nazi SS division

Ukrainian nationalists in western Ukrainian city of Lviv have held a rally in commemoration of a Nazi SS division created in 1943, despite a ban asking them to stop.

One attendee said "This march is to commemorate the Galician division, which had nothing to do with the divisions of the Waffen SS. Their oath of allegiance was for Ukraine. They are our heroes and that is why we honour them every year."

A woman shouts to the crowd during the Lviv rally. Credit: APTN

Past marches have led to clashes between marchers and Soviet army veterans and left-wing groups.

Also called the Galician division, the group was formed to exclusively fight "Bolsheviks", but it still creates tension between political groups and affiliations today.