: Political decision instead of expert evaluation: Ukrainian diplomat reacts to Sejm resolution
Andrii Deshchytsia Andrii Deshchytsia Ukrainian Ambassador to Poland

16:57 Aug. 5, 2016

Political decision instead of expert evaluation: Ukrainian diplomat reacts to Sejm resolution

Andrii Deshchytsia

Andrii Deshchytsia, Ambassador of Ukraine to the Republic of Poland on Sejm resolution about Volhynia tragedy

Here are some of my thoughts after Polish Sejm has adopted the resolution on Poles' genocide in Volhynia.
It is very sad that some of the Polish politicians while adopting the resolution on commemorating the victims of Volhynia, did not take into account multiple calls and propositions of Ukrainian part on a joint assessment of our common tragic history.

Read more Polish Sejm recognizes Volhynia massacre as genocide

It is a pity that the advantage was given to a unilateral political assessment of the events, not to professional international or at least Ukrainian-Polish expert evaluations and relevant legal conclusions on what happened.
There is no doubt that such a decision of Polish parliament will receive an answer from Ukrainian politicians and parliamentarians, who in their own way will reasonably prove that there was also Polish genocide of Ukrainians. This is why we are probably at the beginning of a period of mutual accusations and claims. I wish everyone would have enough wisdom to let it stay in the domain of political debates.

Read more Polish Sejm takes first step to recognize Volhynia massacre as genocide

Apparently, we ourselves need to assess our history respectively and condemn those actions and those military units, responsible for the crimes against civilians. This will legitimately mark them off the overall heroic process of the fight for independence and sovereignty of Ukraine. It is to our interests to do it as fast as possible.
Nevertheless, what the dead people, both Poles and Ukrainians, need most – is Christian commemoration. President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko recently made an important step in this direction in Warsaw, when he laid a wreath at the monument and bent his head before the Poles, who died in Volhynia. We need a lot more of such steps from both sides.


This is a translation of a Facebook post. The original could be read here

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