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Ukraine: WWII memorial honouring Polish victims vandalised in Lviv00:17

Ukraine: WWII memorial honouring Polish victims vandalised in Lviv

Ukraine, Lviv
January 10, 2017 at 17:14 GMT -00:00 · Published

A memorial to the Polish Huta Pieniacka victims murdered during World War Two was seen vandalised and sprayed with far-right symbols in the Ukrainian city of Lviv, Monday. Ukrainian nationalists allegedly carried out the act of vandalism on Sunday.

Footage captured the aftermath of the act, with the large cross at the centre of the memorial decimated, names of the victims erased and the SS rune symbol inscribed on the plaque. Footage also captured one plaque painted in colours of the Ukrainian national flag, with another painted in the colours of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA).

On February 28, 1944 a battalion of Waffen-SS allegedly razed the Huta Pieniacka village, located in modern-day Ukraine, killing up to 1200 ethnic Poles.

Memorials to the Huta Pieniacka victims have witnessed a troubled history, with the first monument built in 1989 but wrecked shortly after. The second monument was erected in 2005 and was accompanied by a scandal between Ukrainian and Polish politicians. The existing monument, which has been vandalised, was mounted in late in 2007.

Ukraine: WWII memorial honouring Polish victims vandalised in Lviv00:17
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A memorial to the Polish Huta Pieniacka victims murdered during World War Two was seen vandalised and sprayed with far-right symbols in the Ukrainian city of Lviv, Monday. Ukrainian nationalists allegedly carried out the act of vandalism on Sunday.

Footage captured the aftermath of the act, with the large cross at the centre of the memorial decimated, names of the victims erased and the SS rune symbol inscribed on the plaque. Footage also captured one plaque painted in colours of the Ukrainian national flag, with another painted in the colours of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA).

On February 28, 1944 a battalion of Waffen-SS allegedly razed the Huta Pieniacka village, located in modern-day Ukraine, killing up to 1200 ethnic Poles.

Memorials to the Huta Pieniacka victims have witnessed a troubled history, with the first monument built in 1989 but wrecked shortly after. The second monument was erected in 2005 and was accompanied by a scandal between Ukrainian and Polish politicians. The existing monument, which has been vandalised, was mounted in late in 2007.

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