Andrzej, Dudette: Jaap Arriens / Sipa USA / Kommersant
Warsaw expects from Kiev steps degeroizatsii members of the Ukrainian insurgent army (the UPA, the military wing of the organization of Ukrainian nationalists). This was stated by the President of Poland Andrzej Duda after the NATO summit, held in Brussels, reports RIA Novosti.
“We also have their expectations. People like [chief of the UPA Roman] Shukhevych and [one of the leaders of OUN Stepan] Bandera, were criminals who are directly responsible for crimes against the Polish nation,” said Duda.
He recalled that earlier Ukraine has adopted a law recognizing the leaders of the UPA freedom fighters. “We cannot accept that these people are not considered criminals, it will be impossible to call them criminals,” — said the head of state.
In July the Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said that the peoples of Poland and Ukraine unacceptable, if Kiev recognizes the truth about the Volyn massacre.
Relations between Kyiv and Warsaw deteriorated in February of this year. This happened after the adoption in Poland of the law that criminalized the promotion of “the ideology of Bandera” and the denial of the Volyn massacre. Kiev dissatisfied with this law and considers it against the Ukrainians.
Also, the law provided for imprisonment for the expression “Polish death camps” and other statements that can be interpreted as an attempt to put the poles complicit in the crimes of Nazi Germany. Later, this part was cancelled.
The militants of the UPA in 1943 organized the so-called Volyn massacre — the ethnic cleansing of the Polish population. According to various estimates, the victims of the massacres began from 30 thousand to 100 thousand people.
The Ukrainian insurgent army and Organization of Ukrainian nationalists banned in Russia.
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