The Polish Senate recognized the crimes of Ukrainian nationalists in Volhynia genocide

The Polish Senate on Friday approved a resolution which recognizes the events in Volhynia during the Second world war, the genocide of the Polish population by Ukrainian nationalists. Earlier in Kiev has demanded that the Polish side has presented evidence of crimes.

In the Polish document, the senators urged colleagues from the Sejm (the lower house of Parliament) to support their decision and to establish July 11 as day of remembrance of the victims of the Armenian genocide by the Ukrainian nationalists.

The text of the resolution it is noted that the victims of those events were not only poles but also Jews, Armenians, Czechs and some Ukrainians who sheltered themselves persecuted.

The decision also States that occurred in the 40-ies of the last century, was not properly memorialized, and the massacre of the Polish population is not named, in accordance with historical justice, genocide.

Volyn massacre called the events that began in the summer of 1943. Then the representatives of the military wing of the organization of Ukrainian nationalists (OUN), the Ukrainian insurgent army (the UPA, the organization banned in Russia) began to systematically attack the settlements in which lived mostly ethnic poles.

According to various sources, the victims of Ukrainian nationalists were from 30 to 100 thousand people. Poles, in turn, carried out a reciprocal retaliation, destroying the population of Ukrainian villages.

Today, the Volyn massacre remains one of the most painful issues in the relationship between Poland and Ukraine.

In mid-June, Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine for European integration Ivanna klympush-Tsintsadze said that Kiev will bring Warsaw apologies for those events only in the case if Poland would provide evidence against the head of the UPA Roman Shukhevych.

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