A memorial site with tombs of Polish World War Two Home Army (AK) soldiers in north-western Belarus is being levelled to the ground by the Minsk regime services, Lukasz Jasina, a Polish Foreign Ministry spokesman, said on Thursday.
The desecrated memorial site in the village of Kaczycze, in the Grodno region of Belarus, was the final resting place for 89 Polish Home Army (AK) soldiers killed during a battle against Soviet NKVD forces near Raviny, Belarus, in January 1945.
Polish charge d'affaires in Belarus Marcin Wojciechowski has been summoned by the Belarusian foreign ministry, the Polish foreign ministry told PAP on Thursday.
The memorial, in the western village of Mikuliszki, consisted of the remains of the wartime headquarters of a Polish Home Army unit whose members died in combat in the area in 1944.
Poland's foreign ministry has raised concerns over the increasing number of acts of vandalism against Polish memorial sites in Belarus.
On Friday, Smolensk mayor Andrei Borisov posted on social media a photo of the memorial site showing a Russian flag next to the empty flagpole.
A Red Army memorial has been demolished in the north-western Polish city of Koszalin by unidentified perpetrators, the police have reported.
Poland's president and foreign ministry have criticised the Russian top court's decision to close down "Memorial", Russia's eminent human rights group, and have vowed to stand by the activists.
Born on the 27th of October 1898 in Kielce, Józef Hartman’s significant role in training and mentoring the young Polish soldiers who had volunteered for the special undercover mission, came soon after his arrival to Great Britain in 1940.
Designed by Nizio Design International studio, the Mausoleum of Martyrdom of Polish Villages in Michniów covers over 1,700 m2 and has 11 concrete segments, five of which are closed off to the elements by glass while the other six remain open structures.