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Poland names conditions for resuming cooperation with Ukraine's Institute of National Memory
17:39, 12 April 2018

Poland names conditions for resuming cooperation with Ukraine's Institute of National Memory

The Polish side demands that Ukraine solve the issue of search, exhumation and building memorials of the Poles who deceased by the hands of Ukrainian nationalists in the 1930-1940s

17:39, 12 April 2018

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Getting back to cooperation between the Ukrainian and Polish institutes of national memory is only possible if Ukraine lives up to certain conditions, Polskie Radio reports, quoting Jaroslaw Szarek, the head of the Institute of National Memory of Poland.  

According to him, Poles, above all, demand that Ukraine releases warrants for search works, as well as exhumation and building memorials of the Poles who deceased by the hands of Ukrainian nationalists in western Ukraine in the 1930-1940s.

Another essential question is the work of Polish-Ukrainian Forum of historians, which is now postponed. Szarek noted that the Polish side was ready to resume the activity of the Forum, meeting with Ukrainian scientists, but not before the works, presented earlier during the Forum, are released.    

'The Ukrainian side still has not given us the texts, though we could print them,' Szarek said.

As is known, Ukraine suspended the cooperation with the Institute of the National Memory of Poland after vandals took down the monument for the Ukrainian Insurgent Army in Grushovychi village, Prykarpattia region, western Ukraine. This and other incidents, involving desecration and destruction of Ukrainian memorial sites in Poland, added to the already complicated historical controversy between the two countries.    

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