Ukrainian far-left party awards Gaddafi anti-NATO award

Ukraine's far-left Progressive Socialist Party said on Tuesday it has delivered an award to the Libyan embassy in Kiev naming Muammar Gaddafi a "soldier of anti-NATO resistance."

The Marxist-Leninist party fiercely criticized attempts by the last Ukrainian leadership to join NATO and supports the closer integration of Ukraine with Russia and Belarus.

"Today, the central committee of the Ukrainian Progressive Socialist Party unanimously awarded Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi with a 'soldier of anti-NATO resistance' award for his heroic fight to protect the Libyan people from NATO aggression," the party said in a statement.

NATO is currently enforcing a UN resolution to protect rebel forces and civilians in Libya in a civil war that began in February after Gaddafi's troops violently quashed public protests.

[Source: Ria Novosti, Kiev, 26Apr11]

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