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.
The 16 Ukrainians who risked their lives to save their Polish neighbours from Ukrainian nationalists were posthumously recognised for their selflessness and courage with the Virtus et Fraternitas Medal, an award given to those who provided help or preserved the memory of Poles who were victims of Soviet, German and other nationalist crimes.
Created in 1946 as part of a post-war nationwide school project, the pencil and crayon images obtained by TFN show the full, terrible experience of war from the perspective of children.
A ceremony in front of Warsaw's Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on Saturday marked the 77th anniversary of the 1943-45 Volhynia Massacre in which Ukrainian nationalists killed about 100,000 Polish nationals in the regions of Volhynia and Eastern Galicia (pre WW2 eastern Poland).
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.
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