Volyn tragedy: Source of Volyn massacre crimes lies in Russia – Polish Defenсe Minister

09:55 Jul. 13, 2016

Source of Volyn massacre crimes lies in Russia – Polish Defenсe Minister

Polish Minister of Defence Antoni Macierewicz (GettyImages Photo)

Antoni Macierewicz: Russia is the true enemy that used Ukrainian nationalists to commit the genocide

Polish Defenсe Minister said Monday, July 11, that Russia shared the blame for the Volyn massacre, the tragic events in 1943-1944 when Ukrainian nationalists slaughtered thousands of Poles.

Antoni Macierewicz made this loud statement in an interview with Polish Public Broadcaster TVP on July 11, according to Yevropeyska Pravda.

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Macierewicz claimed Russian propaganda was using these events in its interests, but it shouldn't prevent anyone from seeing the role of Russia itself.

"It shouldn't stop us from understanding… that the true enemy Russia used some Ukrainian nationalist groups to commit this terrible crime, the genocide. The source of this crime lies in Russia", the Minister claimed.

These accusations triggered harsh criticism from the Russian officials.

"Minister shamefully betrays the memory of his ancestors and cheaply sells the history of his country", the First Deputy Chairman of the Russian State Duma Committee on Foreign Affairs, Konstantin Kosachev slammed the statement on Facebook.

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"Are there any historic events or natural phenomena that Russia is not guilty of committing? Aren't the Polish leaders afraid, that by silently approve such chauvinistic statements they unnoticeably devolve from casual Russophobia to inciting the national hatred?", Russian Foreign Ministry rep Maria Zakharova said.

As reported earlier, the Polish Upper Chamber called for the Lower Chamber to recognize the Volyn massacre as genocide, committed by Ukrainian nationalists against the Poles in Western Ukraine. 

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