: Duda 'highly appreciates' Poroshenko's commemorating of Volyn tragedy victims

18:33 Jul. 9, 2016

Duda 'highly appreciates' Poroshenko's commemorating of Volyn tragedy victims

Poland's President Andrzej Duda speaks during commemorations marking the 70th anniversary of a massacre of Jews in Kielce, Poland, July 4, 2016. (AP Photo)

Ukrainian president visited monument to killed Poles

Polish President Andrzej Duda has "highly appreciated" his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko's commemorating the victims of the Volyn tragedy, a notoriuos massacre during the Polish-Ukrainian conflict in 1943-44. That's according to Ukraine's Ambassador to Poland Andrii Deshchytsia.

On June 8, Poroshenko knelt before the monument to the Poles slaughtered by Ukrainian nationalists in WWII.

He is the first Ukrainian leader to visit the memorial and commemorate the massacre victims.

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On June 8, the Upper Chamber of the Polish Parliament adopted a resolution on recognizing the mass ethnic cleansing of Poles in western Ukraine during the World War II as genocide.

The resolution also expresses gratitude to those Ukrainians, who risked their lives to save the Polish nationals. According to the Senate, around 100,000 Poles died in Volyn.

Ukrainian historians, while admitting the tragedy, also remind of the thousands of Ukrainians, killed in the massacre as well.

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