Poland wants good relations with Ukraine, but to not forget about “genocide” - Duda

Polish President stated this on the 74th anniversary of the tragedy in the village of Huta Pieniacka
08:08, 26 February 2018


AP/East News

President of Poland Andrzej Duda on the 74th anniversary of the so-called genocide against Poles in the village of Huta Pieniacka said that Poland seeks a good relationship with Ukraine, but stressed that "the responsibility for those events lies on the Ukrainians." This was reported by the press service of the President of Poland.

"The crime of genocide committed here by Ukrainian soldiers and policemen in the service of Hitler's Third Reich and Ukrainian nationalists, led to the annihilation of about a thousand people," Duda said.

He noted that the events in the village of Huta Pieniacka "frighten with their cruelty" and called on the Poles not to forget about them.

Nevertheless, Duda said that the Poles are striving for a good relationship with the Ukrainians:

"Our countries need each other so that both our countries are strong and secure, so we also need a memory and the truth about what happened here on February 28, 1944. So that nothing like this happens again, and that our relations are based on a solid foundation and mutual trust. "

Related: No tension between Ukraine and Poland, - Polish Deputy Foreign Minister

As it was reported earlier Deputy Marshal of the Polish Sejm Ryszard Terlecki says that amendments could be made to the controversial law on the Institute of National Remembrance and notes that with the Ukrainian issue, certain moderation is needed.

At the same time, he says, “the Ukrainian part of the law may be amended”. “Thus Ukrainian part, truth be told, most of all needs certain moderation. The law was dragging along for a year because of expenditure of categories, adding words, increasing the legal confusion. It seemed that at the end of this process, the document will be very sensitive, but thus Ukrainian part is hard for Ukrainians. But Ukraine adopted a similar law, although it doesn’t specify the measure of punishment, it is about crimes when someone doubts the accomplishments of those who fought with communists, despite the fact that they also committed crimes against Poles,” Ryszard Terlecki noted.

Related: 15 acts of vandalism in Ukrainian memorial places in Poland

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