Preparations for exhumations in Ukraine begin

The Institute for National Remembrance (IPN) has begun preparations for conducting exhumations of Polish victims of various conflicts buried in Ukraine.

“We’re discussing how to begin dealing with formalities which have to be completed before we can start the work in Ukraine,” said Krzysztof Szwagrzyk, deputy head of the IPN.

The Institute has delivered a list of about a dozen locations in which it would like to conduct work.

Ukraine has recently agreed to the exhumations of the remains of Polish victims of various conflicts buried on its territory. The country had previously put a ban on Polish institutions conducting such exhumations, after Polish authorities removed a memorial dedicated to the Ukrainian Insurgent Army.

The WWII-era Army is widely praised in Ukraine over its resistance efforts against the Soviets, however it’s criticised in Poland over its role in ethnic violence in Volhynia region in 1943.