The President of Poland Called the Volyn Massacre Ethnic Cleansing

Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard


The President of Poland Andrzej Duda said that the Volyn massacre was ethnic cleansing, and not a part of the war between Poles and Ukrainians. He reported this during his visit to Ukraine for participation in events devoted to the 75th anniversary of the tragedy.

“This is a sad date for Polish families. It wasn’t a war — it was ethnic cleansing aimed at removing Poles from the territories that they lived on. 100,000 were tortured here,” quotes the “UNIAN” agency from the words of the Polish president.

Ukrainians say that “only 5,000” died back then, stressed the head of state.

Duda also urged the Ukrainian authorities and the Institute of National Memory to give families the chance to put the cemeteries for killed Poles in working order.

Polish historians regard the Volyn massacre of 1943 as genocide and ethnic cleansing and declare that, according to different data, from 100,000 to 130,000 people died. Researchers from Ukraine consider these events to be the consequences of the war between the Polish Armia Krajowa and the Ukrainian Insurgent Army, which civilians living in the region also took part in. The Ukrainian side estimates the losses to be at 10,000-20,000 people.

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