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The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko invited Poland to establish friendly relations. He said this during the ceremony of memory of victims of the Polish-Ukrainian conflict of 1943-1944 (Volyn massacre) in the village of Brod Hound, UNIAN Sunday, July 8.
“Ukraine and Poland should be user-friendly to not have won a third party who is just waiting for this”, — he said.
The Ukrainian leader also called for bring the theme of the Volyn massacre of political discourse in the two countries. “Politicians should not speculate on the story. History belongs to historians and politics to politicians”, — said Poroshenko.
The President of Poland took part in the mourning events on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the Volyn massacre, which took place in the old cemetery in the village of Olyka. During the ceremony, he called the Ukrainian-Polish conflict, ethnic cleansing. “It was not war — it was an ethnic cleansing to remove the poles from the territories on which they lived. 100 thousand tortured here”, he said.
Duda stressed that relations between countries should be based on historical memory, and urged Kiev to restore order in the cemeteries, where are buried the dead poles.
The relations of Poland and Ukraine escalated in February this year after the Polish Senate adopted the law on the Institute of national memory, criminalizing the denial of the participation of Ukrainian nationalists and members of Ukrainian organizations who collaborated with the Third Reich, crimes against poles in the period from 1925 to 1950, including the Volyn massacre. One of its organizers was Stepan Bandera. In Ukraine he is considered a national hero.
The law caused dissatisfaction in the United States, and in Israel he was considered a restriction of the freedom of debates about the Nazi crimes against the Jews.
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