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Sunday, 14 July 2013

President tributes Volhynia victims

  |   President Bronislaw Komorowski visits Lutsk, Ukraine President Bronislaw Komorowski visits Lutsk, Ukraine

Poles and Ukrainians together are paying tribute to the Volhynia Massacre victims, and are together directing their apologies to God for this crime, President Bronislaw Komorowski said Sunday in Lutsk, Ukraine.


Bronislaw Komorowski, in Lutsk to mark the July 11 70th anniversary of the 1943-44 mass killings of around 100,000 Poles in the then east-Polish provinces Volhynia and Eastern Galicia by the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA), said that nothing justified the killings but noted that "even the most dramatic past need not divide forever".


"Honestly approached, (the past - PAP) may serve reconcilement and cooperation between our peoples and our two independent countries. Reconcilement based on truth will allow to put that which unites far above that which divides and is a cause of mistrust", Bronislaw Komorowski said during a mass in the St. Peter and Paul Cathedral in Lutsk.


Ukrainian deputy PM Kostyanin Hryshchenko called the Volhynia and Eastern Galicia events a "fratricidal tragedy" in which thousands of innocent Poles and Ukrainians lost their lives.


Lvov Archbishop Mieczyslaw Mokrzycki appealed for Ukrainians to commemorate the Volhynia killings on every second Sunday in July. In his homily Mokrzycki reminded that the Volhynia massacre was still alive in the memories of Poles and Ukrainians who witnessed the events as children.


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