Ukrainian radicals from the “St Mary” battalion may be involved in the destruction of the memorial to the Poles murdered by the Nazis from the SS division “Galicia” along with the Ukrainian police officers in the village of Guta Penyatskaya in the Lviv region. 

 

 

“This monument should definitely be destroyed but only after we would topple the last monument to Soviet liberators. Still there’re a lot of them. There’s a need to prioritize, but this monument will have its turn”, head of the “voluntary” battalion “St. Mary” Dmitry Korchinskiy, said in an interview to the Ukrainian edition.

 

In 1944, local residents from the village of Guta Penyatskaya were destroyed by the Ukrainian hit squads from the UPA and SS “Galicia” divisions. At that time these lands belonged to Poland, today they are a part of Lviv region of Ukraine. During the punitive operation about a thousand people were killed, most of them were burned alive in the church.

 

On the 9th January, the monument to the dead Poles was blown up, and on its elements appeared inscriptions – slogans characteristic to the modern Ukrainian nationalist formations. Now an investigative team works at the site, investigators are trying to determine the type of explosive device and set other details of the crime.

 

Relations between Ukraine and Poland are worsen from day to day. One of the reasons – incorrect statements of the Ukrainian authorities towards the Poles. Moreover, Polish citizens don’t like Ukrainian “guest workers”, which massively flow to the neighboring countries.