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Ukrainian and Polish memorials in Kyiv region desecrated by vandals
18:16, 25 January 2017
Ukrainian and Polish memorials in Kyiv region desecrated by vandals

The incident took place in Bykivnia, Kyiv region, where victims of NKVD, the Soviet secret police, are buried in the common grave

18:16, 25 January 2017

Vandals in Bykivnia, January 2017, 1
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Vandals desecrated both Ukrainian and Polish memorials in the Bykivnia memorial complex, Kyiv region. Volodymyr Vyatrovych, the Director of the Institute of the National Memory, posted this at Facebook.

‘Vandals who have most likely did this overnight left some bloody trails similar to those in Guta Pieniacka,’ he wrote.

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Facebook Volodymyr Vyatrovych

Pavlo Klimkin, Ukraine's Foreign Minister, added he decisively condemned the act of vandalism in Bykivnia. 'They will go the whole way...and they will be punsihed', he said.

The similar incident took place on January 10 in Guta Pieniacka, Lviv region, western Ukraine, where the unknown thugs blew up the monument to the Poles who perished during the Ukrainian-Polish hostilities of 1944. The criminal proceeding was opened under the respective article of the Ukrainian law.  

The Bykivnia forest in Kyiv region hosts Ukraine’s largest graveyard of victims of political repressions of the 1930s-1940s. The forest covered the secret NKVD facility, where the bodies of the victims were buried. The national memorial complex for the victims of the Soviet regime was opened in 1994.

Related: Memorial to Polish victims of Huta Pieniacka massacre rifled in Lviv region

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