16:24 Jun. 21, 2016
Poland admits, Polish troops performed ethnic cleansing operation against Ukrainians during World War II
Polish MPs wrote a letter regarding historical reconciliation between Ukraine and Poland. This is according to Co-Chairman of the Polish-Ukrainian Parliamentary group and MP of the Polish Sejm [Lower house of the Parliament of Poland] Michal Dworczyk.
"We wrote the letter as friends of Ukraine and Ukrainians, we wrote it replying to those who wrote the first letter to us. We would like to understand each other on this issue," Dworczyk said.
According to him, Poland's Parliament of Poland will soon adopt a resolution, which will confirm ‘the fact of genocide against Poles that took place during World War II, and also on the territory of the Second Polish Republic'.
"This document is not directed against Ukraine or Ukrainians, although some people are trying their best to interpret it as such," Dworczyk added. Factually, Polish people make this decision to honour the victims of those times.
"Every Ukrainian, Pole, or any other person, regardless of their nationality, should be commemorated by establishing a memorial cross on spot where people were killed," Dworczyk stated.
The Polish MP also raised concerns of Poland's deputies and politicians that the next generations of Ukrainians will not understand Poland's claims regarding these events and their historical view on the situation.
Besides, commemoration of World War II controversial figures by Ukrainians is another reason for concerns, according to Dworczyk. He states that Poland doesn't honour historical figures with ‘blood on their hands'.
‘We should solve these historical problems,' Dworczyk added.
As reported previously, a number of prominent Ukrainian cultural and political figures addressed the Polish society with the letter of repentance and forgiveness. Among them were Ukraine's former Presidents Leonid Kravchuk and Viktor Yushchenko, Patriarch of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kyivan Patriarchate Filaret, Major Archbishop of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church Sviatoslav Shevchuk and others.