On March 2, people honored the memory of the local Ukrainians who died at the hands of members of the Armia Krajowa, the dominant Polish resistance movement in Poland, occupied by Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union, during World War II, in the village of Pavlokom in Poland. This is reported by Ukrinform.
About two thousand people arrived at the ceremony - members of the Ukrainian diaspora in Poland, Ukrainian diplomats, delegations from Lviv, Ternopil and Ivano-Frankivsk regions, as well as representatives of local authorities.
“Today at this place we ask ourselves the question: “Why did this happen?” And each of us knows the answer: because then there was no Ukrainian state, there was no unity. We are here today because we have a powerful state, we have a strong army, which protects the entire civilized world thousands of kilometers away from the invasion of the enemy so that it does not kill new and new generations,” said Oleg Synyutka, chairman of the Lviv Regional State Administration.
He also stressed that Ukraine continues to take care of all Ukrainians who find themselves outside its borders, and also respects and preserves the memory of its people. Synyutka called on the Polish authorities to restore Ukrainian monuments destroyed in recent years.
The tragedy in Pavlokom occurred at the beginning of March 1945. The units of the Armia Krajowa under the command of Yuzef Biss shot 366 villagers. The Communist government sentenced Biss to three years in prison.