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Ahead of the 70th anniversary of the Wołyń massacre, priests of the Ukrainian Church Council are calling on Poles and Ukrainians to once again express forgiveness for “a chain of evil that goes back several hundred years”.

In 1943-1944, Ukrainian nationalists killed up to 100,000 Poles in Wołyń, which before WWII belonged to Poland. As many as 20,000 Ukrainians are estimated to have died in Polish retaliatory attacks.

Gazeta Wyborcza notes that

this unprecedented appeal […] has the potential to cool tensions ahead of July’s anniversary, which always proves to be a difficult test for Polish-Ukrainian relations.