Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ
8th July, 2016
The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, together with deputies of the Verkhovna Rada and Nadiya Savchenko, laid flowers to the monument to the victims of the Volyn massacre in Warsaw. This was announced by the press service of the head of state on Friday July 8th.
Poroshenko also lit a candle near the monument as a sign of respect to the memory of the dead, stood in front of the memorial, kneeled down, and crossed himself, reports “RIA Novosti Ukraine” with reference to the agency PAP. A monument in the shape of a cross with a crucifix was erected in the cemetery of Warsaw in July 2013.
The Ukrainian leader was invited to participate in the NATO summit in Warsaw.
Earlier on Friday, the Press Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Mariana Betsa said that Kiev is preparing a response to the resolution of the Senate of Poland on recognizing the Volyn tragedy as genocide.
On the same day the upper house of the Polish Parliament adopted a resolution on the Volyn tragedy. The document states that the memory of the victims of crimes committed in the 1940’s of the Ukrainian nationalists still has not been properly immortalized, and mass killings were not termed genocide, as required by historical truth.
The senators urged the Sejm (lower house) to make 11th of July a national day of commemoration of genocide victims.
In June, Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine for European integration Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze said that Kiev will apologise to Warsaw for the Volyn massacre if they provide evidence that Roman Shukhevich directing the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA) forbidden in Russia really “did something bad”.
The tragedy of the Volyn massacre was the extermination by soldiers of the UPA, which was part of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN – banned in Russia), of the ethnic Polish population in 1943. According to various estimates, its victims were from 30 to 100 thousand people.