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Parliament to consider statement on scandalous Polish law on Feb 6

The Verkhovna Rada's statement on the Polish law, which foresees, in particular, punishment for "crimes of Ukrainian nationalists," will be considered on Tuesday, February 6, Verkhovna Rada Speaker Andriy Parubiy has said.

"The committee [on foreign affairs] prepared the text of the statement, which has already been proposed for consideration by factions and groups... Today this decision will be registered... so that tomorrow we could adopt it in parliament," he said at a meeting of the parliament's conciliatory council on Monday.

He noted that a draft resolution was considered at a meeting of the foreign affairs committee on Monday in the presence of representatives of all factions and groups, as well as representatives of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry and experts.

As reported, the Senate of Poland adopted early on February 1 without any amendments the law on the Institute of National Remembrance, which foresees, in particular, punishment for "crimes of Ukrainian nationalists."

The bill was supported by 57 senators, mainly from the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) Party, 23 voted against the document, and two abstained. Amendments to the law envisage fines or imprisonment for up to three years for "sharing responsibility before the Polish people or the state, including for crimes committed by the Third Reich."

In addition, the document envisages punishment for denial of the "Volyn massacre" and the use of the expression "Polish death camps" in relation to the camps that were located in Poland during the Second World War. The law will enter into force after signing by Polish President Andrzej Duda.

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