15 acts of vandalism in Ukrainian memorial places, on graves in particular, happened in Poland during 2014-2017. Volodymyr Viatrovych, the director of the Ukrainian Institute of National Remembrance wrote this on his Facebook page.
“At first, the unknown people did it, and then some of the public associations took responsibility for that. Despite this, Polish law enforcement authorities did not find the offenders, the monuments were not rebuilt, the authorities did not condemn the vandalism,” he said.
According to him, four acts of desecration of Polish monuments happened in Ukraine in 2017. Viatrovych assures that both the authorities and social and political forces (including nationalistic) condemned all of the offenders.
“And all the four places, including those, which were not legalized, were restored by the Ukrainian side,” he noted.
As 112.international reported earlier, Ukraine canceled the permission of Polish Institute of National Remembrance to search and exhume Polish, buried in Ukraine, and did not agree to restore them. This worsened relations between two countries. It happened in April, after the monument to Ukrainian Insurgent Army in Hruszowice (Poland) was toppled. Countries discussed the issue a few times, though unsuccessfully – the sides were just trading accusations.
Viatrovych was requested to hold the historical talks with Warsaw. Deputy Prime Minister Gliński of Poland visited Ukraine in late October, 2017. 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.