Tuesday 11th July marked the 80th anniversary of the Volyn massacre. The Sejm of Poland marked the occasion by adopting a resolution in memory of the dead insisting that Ukraine should accept and apologize for its historical guilt of what was in effect a campaign of ethnic cleansing.
The resolution passed by the Polish Sejm states:
On July 11, 1943, Bloody Sunday took place in Volhynia — the climax of the Volyn massacre, a genocide planned by the leaders of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists… On this day, Ukrainian troops under the sign of the OUN and the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA), repeatedly supported by the Ukrainian civilian population , attacked 99 settlements inhabited by Poles on the territory of the former Volyn Voivodeship, killing most of the inhabitants. Since 2016, on July 11, we have been celebrating the National Day of Remembrance for the victims of the genocide committed by Ukrainian nationalists against the citizens of the Second Polish Republic,”
The massacres of Poles in Volhynia and Eastern Galicia were carried out in German-occupied Poland by the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA) with the support of parts of the local Ukrainian population against the Polish minority in Volhynia, Eastern Galicia, parts of Polesia and Lublin region from 1943 to 1945. The peak of the massacres took place in July and August 1943. The massacres were exceptionally brutal and affected primarily women and children. The UPA’s actions resulted in about 50,000 to 100,000 deaths. Other victims of the massacres included several hundred Jews, Russians, Czechs, Georgians, and Ukrainians who were part of Polish families or opposed the UPA and sabotaged the massacres by hiding Polish escapees.
The decision to force the Polish population to leave the areas considered by the Banderite faction of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN) to be Ukrainian took place at a meeting of military referents in the autumn of 1942, and it was planned to liquidate the leaders of the Polish community and those who would resist. Local UPA commanders in Volhynia, began attacking the Polish population, carrying out massacres in many villages. Encountering resistance, UPA commander in Volhynia Dmytro Klyachkivsky “Klym Savur” issued an order in June 1943 for the “general physical liquidation of the entire Polish population“.The largest wave of attacks took place in July and August 1943, the assaults in Volhynia continued until the spring of 1944, when the Red Army arrived in Volhynia and the Polish underground, which had hitherto organised self-defences, formed the 27th AK Infantry Division. Approximately 50,000–100,000 Poles died as a result of the genocide in Volhynia.
In the wake of World War II, over 100,000 Ukrainian Displaced Persons including many of the leaders of both the OUN and UPA resettled in North America. Many were indeed employed by the CIA and other Intelligence services to create an anti-soviet movement in Ukraine.
The spread of Ukrainian nationalism among the American diaspora meant that the myth of the OUN and UPA became more pervasive, uplifting figures like Stepan Bandera and Roman Shukhevych as heroes while omitting their crimes and collaboration with the NAZI German military. The canonization of this myth and the cult of heroes associated with it led to the commemoration of the OUN and UPA through monument building, which in turn reinforced these historical myths. In the United Stated alone there are literally hundreds of monuments (not to mention the hundreds of streets named after them) for Ukrainian war criminals.
From the Ukrainian diaspora, the Nazi-inspired ideology of Ukrainian Nationalism was re-exported to Ukraine after the collapse of the Soviet Union. In 2013, the current regime in Kiev was brought to power through an unconstitutional US-sponsored coup and is inherently constituted of groups that are direct offshoots of the OUN and the UPA. The current regime not only glorifies the Nazi ideology that sustained these ultra-nationalist movements by building monuments to the ‘’heroes’’ etc but most notoriously by putting it into practice. To achieve the so-called goals of Ukrainization, the first law that was passed by the regime was to ban the Russian language from public and private life – a language that was spoken by the majority of the population including in Kiev itself. This law was followed by a pogrom of persecution not only against the Russian-speaking population but also against various other minorities including Transcarpathian Hungarians, Romanians, and others. When Russian-speaking Ukrainian citizens in the Eastern regions along with those in Kharkov and Odessa resisted this constitutionally illegitimate government, the regime declared them terrorists and unleashed a bloody war of ethnic cleansing against them with the moral, financial and military support of the West. School children are marinated in neo-nazi ideology, all opposition parties and media have been banned, The Russian Orthodox Church persecuted and whole military and paramilitary formations such as Azov, Aidar, Kraken and other proudly emblazoned themselves with Nazi insignia.
The Neo-Nazi ideology of Ukrainian Nationalists was not something peripheral to the current tragedy of Ukraine as Western apologists want to claim but central to it.
Last Tuesday, the 11th of July The Polish Sejm also stressed that it is important for the Ukrainian government to resume the efforts “to carry out an exhumation, to bury with dignity and honor the memory of all the victims of the genocide.” This is because in 2017, Ukraine introduced a moratorium on search and exhumation work in response to the demolition of the monument to the “Ukrainian Insurgent Army” in the Polish city of Grushovichi. In June 2023, the head of the Institute of National Memory of Ukraine, Anton Drobovich, said that Kiev would not allow the exhumation of the remains of the victims Volyn massacre until the monument is restored.
It is therefore paradoxical and an insult to the memory of the Poles that were massacred by Ukrainian Fascists 80 years ago, that it is none other than the current government of Poland itself that is perhaps one of the most zealous supporters of the current Kiev regime. Their own rabid Russophobia blinds them to the dangers of this Neo-Nazism that still has no love lost for Poles.
When European politicians including sadly Maltese ones like Metsola and Casa proudly hail: ‘’Glory to the Ukraine, Glory to the heroes” they are in fact glorifying a fascist salute instituted by the OUN and Stepan Bandera.
When European politicians state the Ukranian values of this regime represent our own, they are in fact stating that our own values are Neo-Nazi.
80 years ago it was the Soviet Red Army that brought to a halt the genocidal excesses of Ukrainian Nationalism.
Today, it is the Russian Army that is fighting the same enemy, for the same reasons.
Only the total defeat of this resurgent Neo-Nazi scum in the heart of Europe along with that of its sponsors can do justice to the memory of the victims of this perfidious ideology.
Short video about the Volyn genocide: (Age-restricted because of the disturbing photos of human barbarity)
Video about the history of Ukrainian Neo-Nazi Nationalism: