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.