Massacres in Volhynia

Athought it is not connected directly to Battle of Berlin we publish short note about the most brutal part of 2WW genocide on Polish Nation held by extremist Ukrainian Nationalists in prewar South Eastern Poland (Volhynia and then Galicia) what is todays Western Ukraine. 11th July 1943 started a great wave of ethnic cleansing of Polish Population in Volhynia. Bands of OUN-B Ukrainian Nationalists carefully chosen targets and prepared whole operation. They had experience and knowlege being involved as German support Police in Holocaust of Jews in 1942. 167 Polish villages were burned and peoples, mostly women, and children murdered with a great atrocity. It should be noted that a number of Ukrainians was also murdered by OUN-B for helping Poles. Total number of victims were at last 45 000 Poles, several thousand Ukrainians killed for helping helping Poles and about 2 000 Ukrainians killed in retaliatory actions from Poles. 1st Polish Corps including 1st Infantry division arrived to todays Poland travelling through those lands. Majority of them were former Gulag slave workers deported from Estern Poland after being invaded by Soviets in 1939. No they can see what happened to their villages.

From wikipedia:

The Massacres of Poles in Volhynia (Polish: Rzeź wołyńska, literally: Volhynian slaughter; Ukrainian: ????????? ????????- Volyn tragedy) and Eastern Galicia were part of an ethnic cleansing operation carried out by the extremist Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA) West in the Nazi occupied regions of the Eastern Galicia (Nazi created Distrikt Galizien in General Government), and UPA North in Volhynia (in Nazi created Reichskommissariat Ukraine), beginning in March 1943 and lasting until the end of 1944. The peak of the massacres took place in July and August 1943 when a senior UPA commander, Dmytro Klyachkivsky, ordered the liquidation of the entire male Polish population between 16 and 60 years of age. Despite this, most of the victims were women and children. The actions of the UPA resulted in over 35,000 Polish civilian casualties in Volhynia and more than 10,000 in Eastern Galicia. Ukrainian casualties at the hands of Poles are estimated at over 2,000 in Volhynia.

The killings were directly linked with the policies of the Bandera faction of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists, whose goal, specified at the Second Conference of the OUN-B, was to purge all non-Ukrainians from the future Ukrainian state.

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