17:50 Nov. 15, 2016
Prosecutors are to reveal if there's a case for criminal penalties
The Warsaw police handed over the files for a criminal case on burning the Ukrainian flag to prosecution office, the Ukrinform agency reports on Tuesday.
"The criminal case has been registered and the prosecutor is to research it," the Warsaw prosecution office press secretary Lukash Lapszinsky told agency. The officials will distinguish whether it can be punished upon Article 137 of the penal code of Poland, introducing punishment for destroying or desecration of a flag, a coat of arms or any other national symbol.
As reported previously, the Ukrainian flag was burned on November 11 during the nationalistic march devoted to the 98th Independence Day of Poland. The unknown masked men who had burned the flag were later beaten up by the Polish nationalists.
As the incident went public, the Ukrainian foreign ministry delivered a protest note to the Polish diplomatic department.
Yan Peklo, a Polish ambassador to Ukraine calls this case a provocation conducted by the pro-Russian figures that aim to divide the Poles and the Ukrainians.