Heads of diplomatic missions of Poland and Israel in Ukraine stand against paying tribute to Stepan Bandera and Andriy Melnyk. These were the leaders of OUN, the far-right movement in Ukraine in the first half of the 20th century.
The joint statement of Bartosz Czihocki and Joel Lion followed after the torch processions in Kyiv and Lviv, as activists and supporters of far-right organizations honored memory of Bandera and Melnyk in Kyiv and Lviv on January 2. It appeared on the website of the Polish embassy in Ukraine.
"December 24, Lviv regional council passed the decree, supposed to allocated the state funds in 2020, in order to pay tribute to Nazi collaborant Andriy Melnyk, as well as xenophobic, anti-Semitic and anti-Polish writer Ivan Lypa and his son Yuriy Lypa who is the creator of the racist theory of the Ukrainian race. Besides, Kyiv city state administration put the banner with Stepan Bandera's image", reads the message.
Bartosz Czihocki and Joel Lion remembered their "brothers and sisters murdered in 1939-1945, in the occupied areas of Poland that currently make part of Ukraine".
"We, the ambassadors of Poland and Israel believe that the tribute to people who actively promoted ethnic cleansings is an insult and leads to directly other outcome in fighting the anti-Semitism and in the process of reconciliation of our nations", the officials said.
The governments of Poland and Israel claimed they "do everything to prevent the attempts to distort the history of the Second World War".