January 18, 2020 The National Historical and Memorial Reserve Graves of Bykivnya was visited by representatives of the administrations of the cities of Tomaszow Lubelski (Poland) and Vasilkov (Ukraine), led by their mayors - Wojciech Zhukovsky and Vladimir Sabadash, as well as members of the Polish children’s folk group Roztoche.
Polish guests are on a visit to Ukraine as part of a cooperation agreement between the city of Vasilkov and Tomaszow Lubelski, but visiting Bykivnia was for them a matter of command of the heart. Both adults and children already knew a lot about the International Memorial to the Victims of Totalitarianism in 1937-1941. All the more interesting for them was to learn new facts about the history of the foundation of a secret special section of the NKVD in the Forest of Bykivnya, the Polish operation of the NKVD, the so-called “Ukrainian Katyn List” and the visit of Pope John Paul II to Bykovnya in 2001.
The guests laid flowers and wreaths at the mass graves of the Memorial and honored the memory of the victims with a minute of silence.