12:55 13.11.2017

Ban on exhumation for Polish side could be lifted if it agrees to restore Ukrainian monuments - Viatrovych

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Ban on exhumation for Polish side could be lifted if it agrees to restore Ukrainian monuments - Viatrovych

The moratorium on exhumation in Polish graveyard sites in Ukraine could be lifted after the Polish side provides a vision of how the Ukrainian monuments in Poland will be restored, Head of the Ukrainian National Remembrance Institute Volodymyr Viatrovych has said.

"We are ready to end this moratorium if we can agree with the Polish side, which will announce its vision of how Ukrainian monuments will be legalized on Polish territory, how the Polish state will think about restoring the destroyed monuments," Viatrovych said in an interview with the 1+1 television channel on Sunday, November 12.

He also commented on reports about an alleged ban on his entry into Poland, calling it an instrument of pressure.

"This is an instrument of pressure and a certain game. There are and there will be no documents that would confirm something," Viatrovych said.

Polish media reported on November 9 that Warsaw had banned Viatrovych from entering Poland. At the same time, Poland will not publish the list of persons banned from entering the countries, and people will be recognized only at the border.

Earlier, Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski said that the country had been drawing up a list of Ukrainians who will be refused entry to Poland.

"At the moment, we are about to launch procedures that will not allow people who are extremely anti-Polish to enter Poland," the minister said on the Channel TVP.

In his words, these are individuals who demonstratively wear WWII Ukrainian Division Galicia (Halychyna) Waffen-SS uniform, who administratively participate in blocking the exhumation and renovation of places where Polish graves are located, who use administrative levers for this.

Earlier, the Ukrainian National Remembrance Institute initiated a moratorium on the exhumation of Poles in Ukraine in response to the dismantling of the Ukrainian monument in the village of Hruszowice near Przemysl, Poland.

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