President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky and President of Poland Andrzej Duda took part in a mourning mass at the Saint Peter and Paul Cathedral in Lutsk. The event was dedicated to honouring the memory of the victims of the Second World War and the 80th anniversary of the Volyn tragedy.
“Together we honour all the innocent victims of Volyn! Memory unites us! Together we are stronger,” the Office of the President of Poland said in a statement.
Zelensky also reported on his Telegram channel about his meeting with Duda in Lutsk.
“Together, we honour all the innocent victims of Volyn! Memory unites us! Together we are stronger!” he wrote.
The topic of the Volyn tragedy is one of the most controversial in Ukrainian-Polish relations. Kyiv and Warsaw have different views on the causes, responsibility, and number of victims. Poland insists that the Ukrainian side is responsible for the crime committed in 1943-1944 in Volyn, but Ukraine insists that both sides are responsible and the apology should be mutual.
During the meeting in Lutsk, the leaders of the two countries also discussed the issue of the upcoming NATO summit in Vilnius. The parties agreed to work together to get the best possible result for Ukraine.