Viatrovych offers Poland condition for lifting of moratorium on exhumation

He offers to lift the moratorium if Poland will agree to restore the Ukrainian memorials
11:54, 13 November 2017

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The moratorium on the exhumation in Ukraine where the Polish graves are situated can be lifted when Poland will represent the vision of the restoration of the Ukrainian memorials in Poland. Volodymyr Viatrovych, the Head of the Ukrainian Institute of National Memory claimed this as Interfax-Ukraine reported.

‘We are ready to lift the moratorium only if we can agree with the Polish side that should announce its vision of the legalization of the Ukrainian memorials in Poland, the vision of the Polish state on the restoration of the destroyed memorials’, he said.

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He also commented on his entry ban to Poland and called it a tool of pressure.

‘It is a tool of pressure and particular play, there are no documents that confirm something and there will be no such documents’, Viatrovych claimed.

According to the Polish mass media, Warsaw banned Viatrovych from entering into Poland on November 9. Moreover, Poland will not publish the ban-list and enlisted persons will be aware whether they allowed visiting the country or not only at the border.

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Earlier the Ukrainian Institute of National Memory initiated the moratorium on the exhumation of the Poles in Ukraine as the response to the dismantling of the Ukrainian memorial near Przemysl, Poland.

Petro Poroshenko, the President of Ukraine initiated the holding of the meeting of the Consultative Committee of the Presidents of Poland and Ukraine due to the escalation of the strain in relations of both countries.

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As it was reported earlier Poland starts the procedures that do not allow the people who are set against Poland to enter the country, including the supporters of 14th SS-Volunteer Division 'Galicia'. Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland Witold Waszczykowski. The Foreign Ministry of Ukraine claimed that there are no figures with anti-Polish views in Ukraine’s political environment.

Viatrovych criticized the monument dedicated to the Poles perished in the fight against Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA) installed at the Tomb of Unknown Soldier in Warsaw.

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Moreover, Viatrovych was requested to hold the historical talks with Warsaw. Deputy Prime Minister Gliński of Poland visited Ukraine in late October. After a meeting with Ukrainian authorities, he said that Poland wants to take negotiations with Ukraine on exhumation and historical monuments to a higher political level. However, the Polish politicians called Viatrovych ‘an irresponsible person with obtrusive anti-Polish ideas’ after the negotiations.  

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