Scandalous and dangerous decision: Ukrainian MP comments on Poland’s investigation into Operation Vistula
Volodymyr Vyatrovych, MP, historian, commented on the decision of the prosecutor of the Department of the Commission for Investigation of Crimes against Humanity of the Institute of National Remembrance in Rzeszow to close the investigation into Operation Vistula
He shared the information on Espreso TV.
"This is a scandalous and very dangerous decision, because we are dealing with an attempt to rehabilitate the crime of the communist regime. We cannot ignore this. It is good that the Ukrainian Institute of National Memory (UINM) has finally issued a statement, but there should have been a statement from the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry as well. It is good that there is a statement in Polish society. Hundreds of people, including historians, public and political figures, have signed on to the fact that it is unacceptable to justify the crimes of communism," Vyatrovych said.
The Ukrainian MP also added that the Polish prosecutor's decision to close the investigation into Operation Vistula worsens relations between Ukraine and Poland.
"I am sure that this statement is anti-historical. Because there are many historical studies that show the Vistula operation as a punitive and repressive action. This decision contradicts the legal assessment of this crime against humanity. It is a politically harmful decision that denies previous decisions of the Polish Senate since 1990, where it condemned this crime. Obviously, in the context of other misunderstandings that are now growing between Ukraine and Poland, this decision only worsens our relations," Vyatrovych emphasized.
- On April 28, 1947, Polish troops began mass deportations of the Ukrainian population from their ethnic territories - Lemkivshchyna, Nadsyannya, Podlasie, and Kholmshchyna - to other regions of Poland.
- Ukrainian historians claim that the Polish prosecutor who closed the investigation and called the Vistula operation humane ignores the facts. They believe that his decision was provoked by political reasons.