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Polish MFA says the issue of “Katyn crime” not solved with Ukraine yet
10:42, 12 November 2017
Polish MFA says the issue of “Katyn crime” not solved with Ukraine yet

It’s most likely that the MFA official meant Polish-Ukrainian conflict on Volyn, but misspoke and said Katyn instead

10:42, 12 November 2017

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Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland Bartosz Cichocki said that the issue of retribution for the Katyn crime still exists between Ukraine and Poland, according to Istorychna Pravda.

“There aren’t enough decisions on the Ukrainian side that would contribute to progress in some bilateral issues, which in general are called a historical dialogue,” he said.

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According to him, Ukraine knows about the issues.

“It’s the issue of using the Soviet-time terminology on Polish occupation (of Western-Ukrainian territory). It’s also a question of the church property of Rome-Catholic community. It’s the question of thoughtless rehabilitation or glorification of the UPA (Ukrainian Insurgent Army) and lack of retribution for the Katyn crime,” Cichocki said.

It’s worth noting, however, that the diplomat has probably misspoken the name of the tragedy. It would seem that he meant the Volyn tragedy, not the Katyn crime.

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The Volyn tragedy was a WWII time ethnic cleansing beginning in March 1943 and lasting until the end of 1944. Ukrainian and Polish historians don’t see the tragedy in the same way. While the Polish side believes it was the genocide of Poles conducted by the Ukrainian Insurgent Army, the Ukrainian side believes that the Polish Home Army, communists, and Polish Nazi Auxiliary Police were also killing Ukrainians, and it was a mutual conflict with both parties guilty.

The Katyn crime was a series of mass executions of Polish nationals carried out by the NKVD (a Soviet secret police organization) in April and May 1940, and can hardly be blamed on Ukraine, as the order was given by Soviet command from Moscow.

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