The unknown persons damaged the monument to the polish victims of the massacre by the Hitler troops in 1944 in the village of Huta Pieniacka in Lviv region. Ukrainian outlet Zaxid.net reports that, citing the deputy head of the Brodovsk state administration Volodymyr Adamets.
The incident occurred on Monday night.
“The memorial sign with the names of the victims engraved was destroyed this night,” announced Volodymyr Adamets.
According to the deputy head of the Brodovsk state administration, the investigation police group, representatives of the State Security Service and local authorizes are working on the site.
“Law enforcement officers are estimating the damage and identifying the persons involved into the barbaric act,” added Adamets.
Volodymyr Viatrovych, the Head of the Institute of national memory, believes the desecration of the memorial is a provocation aimed to aggravate the relations between Ukraine and Poland. And the provocation is beneficial only for a third party.
“The actions of the vandals on the territory of Ukraine not only look like vandalism in Polish cemeteries last months, but also have the same aim – monuments warmongering,” Viatrovych states on his Facebook page.
The Huta Pieniacka massacre was a massacre of the Polish inhabitants of the village Huta Pieniacka, located in modern-day Ukraine, which took place on February 28, 1944. Estimates of the number of victims range from 500 to 1,200. The monument for the victims of the massacre was set up in the place of the Polish village in 2009.