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UKROP (Ukrainian: УКРОП; literally "dill") short for the Ukrainian Association of Patriots (Українське об'єднання патріотів) is a Ukrainian nationalist right wing political party founded on 18 June 2015. Since the 17 July 2016 constituency mid-term elections the party is represented by two seats in the Ukrainian parliament.
UKROP was established in months following the Euromaidan Revolution. The core of the party comprises civil society activists, participants of Euromaidan, volunteers and members of Ukrainian territorial defense battalions.
On 2 December 2014, in the Ukrainian Parliament was established an inter-factional group called Ukrop. It includes non-faction MPs Dmytro Yarosh, Andriy Biletsky, Boryslav Bereza, Borys Filatov and Volodymyr Parasiuk. Following the resignation of multibillionaire Ihor Kolomoyskyi from post of governor of Dnipropetrovsk Oblast, members of his team announced their intention to build a new political force.
The political party Ukrop was founded on 18 June 2015, transformed from the party Patriotic Alliance ("Патриотический альянс") registered on September 25, 2014. The head of the party's political council became oligarch Hennadiy Korban.
The party logo was designed earlier by Ukrainian artist Andriy Yermolenko to serve as a sleeve badge for the participants of the war in Donbass. The author released it for the use by the party for a symbolic fee of 1 hryvnia. In its turn, the word "Ukrop" ("Укроп") used by Yermolenko was a repurposed Russian ethnic slur for Ukrainians. Korban was deputy governor of Kolomoyskyi when Kolomoyskyi was governor of Dnipropetrovsk Oblast from 2 March 2014 till 24 March 2015.
The party's first political activity was when Korban took part in the 26 July 2015 parliamentary by-election in constituency 205 located in Chernihiv (He lost these elections to Serhiy Berezenko of the Petro Poroshenko Bloc, who won with 35.90% of the vote). Korban took second place with 14.76%. During the run-up to these elections Korban was repeatedly accused of bribing voters, the use of black PR and other violations (of the electoral legislation). Berezenko was accused of employing these tactics as well.
The party took part in the 25 October 2015 Ukrainian local elections, with their best region being Dnipropetrovsk. In this city its candidate Borys Filatov was elected Mayor. Nationwide (in this election) the party won nationwide eight percent of the total vote. This did not lead to being one of the top seat gainers of the elections.
In 2015 the Ukrainian media reported that the party was allied to Ukrainian oligarch Ihor Kolomoyskyi. Korban was his deputy governor when Kolomoyskyi was governor of Dnipropetrovsk Oblast from 2 March 2014 till 24 March 2015.
On 31 October 2015, Korban was arrested and suspected to be head of organized crime group. The party claims offices of other party members and party offices were also searched by police.
In the 2019 Ukrainian parliamentary election the party won 3 seats in single-seat constituencies, other UKROP members won constituency seats as candidates for Servant of the People (the two parties had no formal allegiance).
Ideology and political positions
Tom Burridge of BBC News has described UKROP as a centre-left party, while the European Centre for Tolerance, the European Centre for Democracy Development and the Institute for Ethnic Policy and Interethnic Relations Studies describe UKROP as right-wing. Deutsche Welle described the party as "right-wing nationalist".
The party claims it will create a "New Ukraine" with a social market economy including social welfare programs (including free internet access, environmental reimbursements for healthcare costs, and a public option for those who cannot afford healthcare), nationalization, environmentalism, public-private partnerships, and use of minimal regulation to guarantee "socially responsible business" in Ukraine. It claims that the Russian Federation is a Fascist regime comparable to Hitler's Germany and wants Ukrainian membership in NATO and the EU.
The party also claims it seeks center-right economic reforms. "We support middle class entrepreneurship, de-monopolization, lowering trade barriers and simplification of tax laws, but with an emphasis on patriotism." 
The party aims the "complete destruction of the existing bureaucratic corruption system", "new faces in all branches of government and law enforcement agencies, the creation of a new Constitution and gradual "zeroing" of all laws, transparent funding of political parties, as well as the nationalization of strategically important enterprises."
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