: Poland reacts to Ukraine's retaliatory bill on genocide of Ukrainians by Poles

17:37 Aug. 4, 2016

Poland reacts to Ukraine's retaliatory bill on genocide of Ukrainians by Poles

Marshal of the Senate (upper house of the Polish parliament), Stanislaw Karczewski in front of Embassy of Belgium (Getty Images photo)

Marshal of the Polish Senate condemns Rada's response to Volhynia massacre resolution

Stanislaw Karczewski, the Marshal of the Polish Senate – the Upper Chamber of the parliament -  cautioned the Ukrainian legislature against adopting a tit-for-tat resolution on genocide of Ukrainians by Poles during World War II, Radio Poland reports.

Read also Russian State Duma also suggests to recognize Volhynia Massacre as genocide

According to Karczewski, only open debate can give hope for reaching mutual understanding with Ukrainians as to the nations' common history. He added that Poland must speak the truth about the Volyn massacre and the Polish parliamentary resolution came as a demonstration of that.

"We should seek the truth. We made a brave and decisive step, because what Ukrainians did was a genocide," he said.

On August 4 a draft resolution was registered with the Parliament of Ukraine to declare 24 March the Memorial Day of the Victims of Polish state genocide against Ukrainians in 1919-1951.

The bill was authored by MP Oleksii Musiy, who is not affiliated with any faction.

Commenting on his initiative, Musiy wrote on his Facebook page that the "truth should be exhaustive and it cannot be one-sided."

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On July 22 Polish Sejm adopted a resolution declaring 11 July a National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Genocide committed by Ukrainian nationalists against Poles during World War II. The resolution says about 100,000 ethnic Poles were killed in 1943-1945 with the exact number still unknown.

Ukrainian politicians voiced their disappointment with the decision, while historians called it a misunderstanding.

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