Ukrainian FM commemorates soldiers killed in Poland

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin visited Poland on Saturday to attend a ceremony commemorating Ukrainian soldiers killed by the Polish underground in 1945.

Klimkin visited Pawlokoma in the southeastern Podkarpackie province, where in March 1945, units of Poland's Home Army killed 366 Ukrainian soldiers in retaliation for the murder by the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA) of 11 Poles.

During the ceremony, Klimkin recalled the words of Poland's late President Lech Kaczynski, spoken at the same site in 2006: "Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us."

Podkarpackie province governor Ewa Leniart, also present at the ceremony, appealed for dialogue over an ongoing dispute between Poland and Ukraine, saying it would bring hope of working out a common version of the two countries' shared history.

Last year saw an intensification of the dispute between Warsaw and Kiev, as Poland seeks to find the graves and remains of its citizens on Ukrainian soil. These include the victims of the Volhynia Massacre, in which thousands of Poles were killed by Ukrainian nationalists during World War II.

Ukraine ordered a ban on Polish searches and exhumations after authorities in Hruszowice (southeastern Poland) dismantled a monument to the UPA, an organisation which played a prominent part in the Volhynia Massacre. Earlier, there had also been instances of Ukrainian memorials in Poland being destroyed.