Ukraine’s MFA invites Polish ambassador due to critics of honoring OUN, UPA figures

Source : 112 Ukraine

The diplomats noted the counterproductive of the public discussion on the inner issues of Ukrainian policy
21:40, 8 January 2020

The Telegraph

On January 8, the Foreign Ministry of Ukraine invited Ambassador of Poland in Ukraine Bartosz Cichocki due to the critics of the honoring of the figures of Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN) and Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA) as the ministry reported.

“During the talk and in the context of the discussion of the fact of the joint statement of the ambassadors of the Republic of Poland and the State of Israel dated January 2, the attention of the Polish ambassador was drawn to the counterproductive of the public discussion on the inner issues of Ukrainian policy,” the message said.

It was also noted that during the contacts at the highest level of the leadership of Ukraine and Poland, it was agreed about the development of the dialogue on the historical issues at the expert level. It will need additional efforts, including diplomatic, aiming for the provision of the constructive cooperation of the specialists in the historical memory.

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“We agreed on particular steps in this direction,” the Foreign Ministry added.

On January 2, Heads of diplomatic missions of Poland and Israel in Ukraine stood 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.

Later, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry responded to criticism of Poland and Israel about honoring Stepan Bandera and a number of people who collaborated with the Nazis, citing the revival of "national memory."


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