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Thursday, 11 July 2013

70th anniversary of the Volhynia massacre

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Poles and Ukrainians must together carry the huge burden of painful memories, President Bronislaw Komorowski said Thursday in Warsaw during celebrations marking the 70th anniversary of the Volhynia massacre.

 

The anniversary of the Volhynia massacre, in which some 100,000 Poles in Volhynia and Eastern Galicia were cruelly murdered by the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA) from 1943 to 1945 is observed on July 11.

 

"This crime was one of the most painful experiences suffered by Poles during World War Two," President Komorowski said at the Volhynia Square in Warsaw during the ceremony of unveiling a monument to the UPA victims.

 

President Komorowski recalled that not only Poles fell victim to crime in Volhynia. "This was a terrible time and the region was marked by mutual crimes. That is why paying tribute to the Polish victims we should also remember Jews, Ukrainians and other nationals murdered on the territories of pre-war south-eastern Poland," the president said.

 

The president praised the June 28 declaration signed by the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church of Ukraine and the Roman Catholic Church in Poland calling for mutual forgiveness of guilt and reconciliation between the two nations.

 

"Poles and Ukrainians must together carry the huge burden of painful memories about the terrible times that fortunately are over. Poles must carry this burden. And today this burden is extremely difficult for Ukrainians, the citizens of independent Ukraine," the Polish president added.

 

Present at the ceremonies were former PM Tadeusz Mazowiecki, Israeli Ambassador to Poland Zvi Rav-Ner, Defence Minister Tomasz Siemoniak, Warsaw Mayor Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz, parliamentarians and relatives of UPA victims. (PAP)

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