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Poland remembers victims of massacres by Ukrainians

11.07.2019 10:55
Poland on Thursday marked its National Day of Remembrance of Victims of Genocide by Ukrainian nationalists against Poles during World War II.
President Andrzej Duda (right) during ceremonies in Warsaw on Thursday.
President Andrzej Duda (right) during ceremonies in Warsaw on Thursday.Photo: PAP/Tomasz Gzell

Commemorations started when President Andrzej Duda in the morning placed a wreath at a Warsaw monument that honours victims of wartime killings known as the Volhynia Massacres.

These were carried out between February 1943 and the spring of 194by the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA) in Nazi German-occupied Poland, according to Poland’s National Institute of Remembrance (IPN).

Events including a Catholic church service and a roll call of honour were scheduled for later in the day.

Some 100,000 ethnic Poles in total were slaughtered in the 1940s by Ukrainian forces, according to some estimates.

On July 11, 1943, the day of the worst bloodshed, Ukrainian nationalists attacked 100 villages largely inhabited by Poles in what was then Nazi-occupied eastern Poland and is now western Ukraine.

The massacres were part of an operation carried out by the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA), whose plan was to have a sovereign and nationally homogenous Ukraine after the war.

The Volhynia region, which was within Poland's borders prior to World War II, was first occupied by the Soviets in 1939, and then by the Nazi Germans in 1941.

(gs/pk)

Source: IAR, TVP Info