Russia is “trampling on the memory” of the victims of the Katyn Massacre by removing Polish flags from their cemetery, a Polish Foreign Ministry spokesman has claimed.
Attempts to remove a Polish flag from the Katyn Massacre memorial site in Russia are "absolutely unacceptable" and show "how far away Russia is today from civilisational standards," a Polish deputy foreign minister has said.
Poland has officially protested against the removal by the Russian authorities of Polish flags from the Katyn war cemetery, a presidential official has said.
Poland can claim compensation from Russia for the 1940 Katyn Massacre of over 20,000 Polish POWs by Soviet security forces, Poland's president said on Monday.
Activists from the western Russian city of Smolensk have petitioned the country's parliament, the Duma, to demolish a symbolic memorial site to the Katyn massacre and a cemetery for its victims, Russian daily Kommersant has reported.
Polish officials marked the 82nd anniversary of the massacre of Polish POWs by the Soviet secret police NKVD on Wednesday, with the Polish prime minister, Mateusz Morawiecki, urging for the crime of Katyn not to be forgotten.
The 1940 Katyn Massacre of over 20,000 Polish POWs by the Soviets should go before an international tribunal as a case of genocide, Poland's president said in a Sunday address published on social media.
Mateusz Morawiecki, Poland's prime minister, has said Poland must do everything to make the 2010 Smolensk air disaster that killed 96 people, including the president, the last tragedy in the history of the nation.
The head of a special sub-commission investigating the cause of the Smolensk air disaster that killed the Polish president and dozens of the country's political and military elite has said its official report will prove their aircraft was blown up.
Poland, on Sunday, commemorated the 12th anniversary of the Smolensk air disaster, which killed 96 people, including Poland's then president Lech Kaczyński.