A Resolution on Ukrainian-Polish Reconciliation

by Meifan Honcharuk
Thursday, July 13, 2023
A Resolution on Ukrainian-Polish Reconciliation

On July 12, the Polish government adopted a resolution honouring the peace between 2 nations and the memory of the killed during the Volyn massacre

In 1943, during the Second World War, there was a confrontation between Ukrainians and Poles on socio-ethnic grounds. The fight took 6 months and took place on the territory of the Volyn region. Therefore, the tragedy for both peoples is called the Volyn tragedy or massacre. Now there is no confrontation between Ukrainians and Poles. 2 countries went to complete reconciliation for many years, including those that modern Ukraine pleaded guilty to a neighbouring state. But Russia is still trying to quarrel Ukraine and Poland, using the tragic past of the countries.

However, on July 11, 2023, Poland officially honoured the 80th anniversary of the Volyn tragedy and adopted a resolution on the final settlement of the original conflict. 440 deputies of the Polish parliament voted for the adoption of the document. 

According to the resolution, the memory of the victims of the Volyn tragedy is honoured, and peace is established between Poland and Ukraine. The cause of the tragedy is recognised by the acts of the communist government to suppress the Polish-Ukrainian insurgent underground. The document also insists on the exhumation of bodies from the territory of western Ukraine for the proper burial of all dead Poles.

"Polish-Ukrainian reconciliation, which for years was built by representatives of both peoples, should also include a confession of guilt and commemoration of the victims of the II World War. The Sejm of the Republic of Poland wishes to honour the memory of all the victims of the Volyn massacre. Particularly deserving of recognition are those representatives of the Ukrainian people who risked their lives to confront the crime committed by their compatriots," the official document says.

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