Sunday, July 9, 2023

Presidents of Ukraine and Poland paid a joint tribute to the victims of Volhynia massacre

 Niezalezna(.)pl reports on a service at the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul in Łuck (Volyn Oblast) concelebrated by the chairman of the Polish Bishops' Conference, Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki. After the prayer, Presidents Duda and Zelensky laid candles in front of the altar.

- Together, we pay tribute to all the innocent victims of Volhynia! Memory connects us. Together we are stronger - wrote the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, on social media, who, together with Polish President Andrzej Duda, took part in an ecumenical service in the Lutsk Cathedral on the 80th anniversary of the Volhynia (Wołynia) massacre.

80 years ago, on July 11 and 12, 1943, the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA) made a coordinated attack on about 150 towns inhabited by Poles in the counties of Włodzimierz, Horochów, Kowel, and Łuck in the former Volhynian Voivodeship. The fact that people gathered in churches on Sunday, July 11, was used. "Bloody Sunday" is considered the high point of the genocide perpetrated by Ukrainian nationalists against Poles in Volhynia and Eastern Galicia in 1943-45. About 100,000 Poles died as a result.

Picture and a video from the ceremony can be found on President Zelensky's fakebook account -