The new battle of Polish and Ukrainian historians

Author : Daria Prokaza Oleh Schmidt

11:25, 23 July 2016

The new battle of Polish and Ukrainian historians

Author : Daria Prokaza Oleh Schmidt

Ukrainian historian: Resolution of the Polish Sejm on the Volyn tragedy will be used by Russian propaganda against Ukraine

11:25, 23 July 2016

Yuriy Zhuravel

Polish-Ukrainian mutual understanding is possible in the form of mutual forgiveness. We should forgive and ask for forgiveness. Mutual cooperation of the peaceful community, politicians, and the participation of the churches helped to overcome the traumas of the past. Unfortunately, today's decision of the Polish Sejm actually negates it.

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After all, it provides the one-sided (Ukraine’s) responsibility for the crimes committed against the Poles. But nothing is said about the terrible crimes committed against the Ukrainians. This decision not only shifts the blame to the Ukrainians, but also aims to hide the crimes of the Polish side. The decision violates the truth by telling that Polish actions were actually performed in an answer to the Ukraine’s attacks. We know that some Polish attacks took place in those areas where no Ukrainian insurgents ever existed. Nevertheless, Ukrainian population was subjected to a mass murder.

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The statements of solidarity with the Ukrainians, who now oppose Russian aggression, seem to be hypocritical. Polish MPs, who adopted a resolution of this kind, knew for sure that it would be used by the Russian propaganda in the information war against Ukraine. Russia would definitely take advantage of the growing misunderstanding between Ukrainians and Poles, which is caused by this controversial document.

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I hope that in the future, there would be enough smart and courageous people among Polish politicians, who understand the absolute inadequacy of the today's decision. I am convinced that in the future they would understanding that today's decision is inconsistent with the historical truth, and does not fall under the legal definition of the genocide. Moreover, it harms the Ukrainian-Polish relations, especially in this difficult situation, when Ukraine is facing the Russian aggression.

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In any case, there should be some sort of official statement of the Ukrainian Parliament in response to the initiative of the Polish parliament. We know that the Committee on Foreign Affairs has made a statement already. This is important, and I think that Ukraine should continue this historic dialogue between the Polish and Ukrainian historians. Unfortunately, Polish politicians were not ready to listen to the historians. Ukraine should carefully monitor the growth of anti-Ukrainian hysteria and give a tough response to it.

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