The Ukrainian Institute of National Remembrance has asked Poland to restore the monument on the grave of UPA soldiers buried on Monastir Mount as soon as possible.
According to European Pravda, this is said in the statement of the Ukrainian Institute of National Remembrance following the results of negotiations with Poland’s Institute of National Remembrance which took place on December 3.
The Ukrainian Institute of National Remembrance stressed that they expect to restore the monument on the grave of UPA soldiers buried on Monastyr Mount in its original form.
This, according to the statement, will determine the final decision on the conduct of search and exhumation works by the Polish side on the territory of Ukraine.
“We hope that the monument on Monastyr Mount will be restored as soon as possible, which will allow the Institute of national memory of Poland to obtain the required permits for search and exhumation work, which provides for two separate procedures,” the statement said.
The institute stressed that the final point could also be put by the inclusion of the monument on Monastyr Mount in the Register of military graves in Poland.
The Ukrainian side also reiterated its commitment to the idea of legalizing problematic monuments “all for all”.
In October, President Zelensky, in a conversation with his Polish counterpart Andrzej Duda, expressed hope that the Polish side will complete work on restoring the grave of UPA soldiers on Monastyr in Poland.
In 2015, unknown people smashed a granite slab with a list of 62 dead soldiers, and the cross on the monument was painted white and red. On January 20, 2020, vandals again disfigured the memorial plaque.
The destroyed tombstone was recently restored but without a list of names of UPA soldiers who died in battles with the Soviet NKVD.