Poland’s president has described the Volhynia Massacre, in which Ukrainian nationalists slaughtered around 100,000 Poles in the Volhynia and East Galicia regions between 1943-45, as “genocide.”
The Polish president and prime minister marked on Sunday the 78th anniversary of the 1943 Volhynia Massacre in which Ukrainian nationalists killed about 100,000 Polish nationals in the regions of Volhynia and Eastern Galicia (pre-WW2 eastern Poland).
Poland's ruling party Law and Justice leader told participants of a meeting of Catholic broadcasters Radio Maryja and TV Trwam, in Toruń, northern Poland, on Saturday that it was the obligation of Poles to honour Ukrainians who saved Poles during the Volhynia Massacre.
Polish President Andrzej Duda on Friday recalled the National Day of Remembrance of the massacre of Poles by Ukrainian nationalists during WWII which Poland observes on July 11.
The recent Normandy format summit on the Donbas conflict and historical issues dominated a Friday telephone conversation between Ukrainian and Polish Presidents Volodymyr Zelensky and Andrzej Duda, Duda's office head, Krzysztof Szczerski, informed PAP.
When Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky comes to Warsaw on Saturday, he will propose to Polish President Andrzej Duda a way to resume the exhumation of Volhynia massacre victims in Ukraine, Polish daily Rzeczpospolita reported on Thursday.
WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES: Between 1943 and 1945, units of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army killed up to 100,000 Poles in Wołyń and eastern Galicia, former Polish territories now in western Ukraine. At its height, the butchery saw as many as 8,000, including women, children and the elderly, murdered in just one day. It remains one of the darkest chapters in the two nations' histories.
The Volhynia massacre shocks not only with the number of those killed, not only with its cruelty, but also with its planned methodology, President Andrzej Duda wrote in a letter read at ceremonies in Warsaw on Wednesday marking the 75th anniversary of the tragic events.
The victims of the World War II Volhynia Massacre were commemorated in the European Parliament in Brussels on Tuesday, with the launch of an exhibition entitled "Unfinished Volhynia Holy Masses," about Polish clergymen killed in the massacre.
Polish President Andrzej Duda in Ukraine on Sunday took part in observances marking the 75th anniversary of the Volhynia Massacre and paid homage to the victims.