Volodymyr Viatrovych, the Head of the Ukrainian Institute of National Memory criticized the monument dedicated to the Poles perished in the fight against Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA). The monument was installed at the Tomb of Unknown Soldier in Warsaw. Viatrovych claimed this at Facebook.
‘The tablets with the honoring of the Polish soldiers perished in the fight against UPA appeared at the Tomb of Unknown Soldier in Warsaw (the international delegations obligatory visit it). The majority of the perished in the fight against Ukrainian insurgents were representatives of the communist security. The KGB servicemen including those with hands coated with the blood of Polish patriots will be honored in Poland at the state level’, Viatrovych claimed.
The memorial tablets were installed at the initiative of Antoni Macierewicz, the Minister of National Defense for Poland. Particularly, there is the mentioning of the soldiers that defended the local Polish community from OUN and UPA. The names of the cities and dates of the struggles between the Poles and the detachments of the OUN and UPA in Volyn region, Eastern Lesser Poland and Lublin Voivodeship are written on the tablets.
Jarosław Sellin, Poland’s Deputy Minister of Culture called Viatrovych ‘an irresponsible person with obtrusive anti-Polish ideas’ commenting on accusations against the Minister of Culture and Deputy Prime Minister Piotr Gliński, who during his recent visit to Ukraine "did not dare" to light candles on the graves of the victims of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA).
In his turn, Viatrovych responded that ‘impressive ‘competence’ of Polish partners is the key to effective cooperation with them’.