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  • 10 January 2017

    A monument to the Poles who had been murdered in 1944 in the village of Huta Pieniacka was vandalized on 9 January 2017. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland demands that the case be promptly examined, and the perpetrators identified and held to account.

     

    On 10 January, the Polish Embassy in Kyiv addressed a note in which it emphasized that such attacks and incidents must be investigated and punished, for they put Polish-Ukrainian relations at risk.

     

    The Polish Consulate in Lviv is in contact with the authorities of Lviv Oblast, which informed the Polish side that a task force was immediately established to conduct a probe. The task force is composed of police officers, officials from the oblast administration, and representatives of the Consulate. The inquiry has already begun at the site of profanation.

     

    The oblast authorities informed the Polish Consulate that they view the incident as directed against both Poles and Ukrainians, and suggested that a joint ceremony be held at Huta Pieniacka on 27-28 February to pay tribute to the victims of the crime and mark its 73rd anniversary.

     

    Located near the town of Brody in Lviv Oblast, Huta Pieniacka, a village that no longer exists today, is the site where Ukrainian soldiers of the SS Galizien Division, 4th SS Police Regiment, murdered several hundred Polish citizens on 28 February 1944.   

     

                                                                                                       MFA Press Office

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