Poland intends to build new cemeteries in Ukraine

Now the Polish side is applying for permission to exhume work in several dozen places where the Poles rest
18:57, 29 September 2019
Poland expects to get Kyiv's permission to create new cemeteries in Ukraine for reburied Poles. This was stated by the director of the Searches and identification bureau of the National Memory Institute Krzysztof Szwagrzyk, Polish Radio reports.

According to him, Polish authorities do not yet know when they will be able to begin exhumation work on the territory of Ukraine. This date depends on how quickly Ukraine grants all the necessary permissions.

Szwagrzyk added that now the Polish side is applying for permission to open work in several dozen places in Volyn where the Poles who died or were killed in 1939 and 1943-44 are buried.

He believes that the volume of search work is huge, we are talking about “hundreds, and possibly thousands of places,” and this task should be addressed by a new institution, which should have the name “Institute of National Memory for Search in Ukraine.”

He expressed hope that Poland will also receive consent from Ukraine to build cemeteries, where it will be possible to adequately bury the remains of Poles found.

As reported, Ukraine has officially agreed to Poland to resume exhumation work.

It is mentioned that, according to the conditions, provided by the Ukrainian side, the exhumations should be held by Ukrainian researchers jointly with Polish experts. 

As we reported earlier, Ukraine and Poland should cooperate on the question of the exhumation of the citizens who died in World War II and during the post-war period, as Pavlo Klimkin, former Ukraine's Foreign Minister. 

“My position is simple. We have to work on the exhumation question together to trust each other. We convinced the Polish side that we have to start it in Hruszowice. It was important for us as the monument was destroyed. And when the local government inset the stones of the monument into the rod, it was not only politically unacceptable, it was emotionally unacceptable,” Klimkin said. 

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