Ukraine will not join the EU if there is no resolution with Poland to a dispute over the exhumation of Polish victims of a wartime massacre by Ukrainians, a deputy Polish foreign minister has said.
The Senate, upper house of Poland's parliament, has adopted a resolution paying homage to all the people murdered by Ukrainian nationalists and German invaders during World War Two.
On 11 July 1943, the Ukrainian Insurgent Army began to massacre thousands of Poles in the then Nazi-occupied region in Poland called Wołyń. By the time it finished two years later, around 100,000 Poles had been killed. To honour the victims, on Sunday the presidents of Poland and Ukraine placed candles in a Catholic cathedral in western Ukraine.
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The presidents of Poland and Ukraine paid homage to the innocent Volhynia victims on the 80th anniversary of the Volhynia Massacre, during which around 100,000 Poles were murdered, in Lutsk, western Ukraine, on Sunday.
A clear majority (78 percent) of the Polish public believe Ukraine's president should officially apologise for the so-called Volhynia massacre of Poles during World War II.
Mateusz Morawiecki, the Polish prime minister, has paid tribute to Poles murdered by Ukrainian ultra-nationalists during the Second World War when their village was razed to the ground.
The Volhynia Massacre is a “thorn” in Polish-Ukrainian relations, a deputy interior minister said on Tuesday.
Ukraine should explicitly admit that a massacre of Poles by Ukrainian nationalists during World War II was genocide, a Polish deputy foreign minister has said.
Poland's foreign ministry denied on Tuesday media reports claiming that its spokesperson has been suspended after demanding an apology from Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky for the murder of thousands of Poles by Ukrainian nationalists in Volhynia during the Second World War.
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