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The National Historical and Memorial Reserve "Graves of Bykivnia" was visited by the official delegation of the diplomatic corps of the Republic of Poland and representatives of the Polish diaspora in Kiev

10.04.2017

The National Historical and Memorial Reserve

On April 9, 2017, on the eve of the 7th anniversary of the Smolensk disaster, in which the leadership of the Polish state died, mourning events took place on the territory of the reserve with the participation of the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Poland in Ukraine, Mr. Jan Peklo, representatives of the Embassy and Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Kiev, The Catholic Church in Ukraine, leaders and members of Polish organizations in Ukraine, representatives of the public of Kiev, as well as employees of the Reserve.

In his speech, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Poland in Ukraine, Mr. Jan Peklo noted that representatives of the Polish military elite who died martyrs in the prisons of the NKVD Kiev prisons were buried in Bykovna and also reminded those present that the Katyn tragedy of 1940 again responded in April 2010 as a terrible and still not understandable for the Poles Smolensk disaster, which killed the president of the country Lech Kaczynski with his wife and members of the government. After the speech, a memorial mass was held for the dead.

The guests laid wreaths and set the lights to the mass graves on the Ukrainian and Polish part of the International Memorial to the victims of totalitarianism of 1937-1941.