Anger after Russia removes Polish flag from WWII memorial in Katyn
Poland’s authorities says it’ll protest to Russia after the Polish flag was faraway from a World Warfare II memorial in Katyn.
Russian authorities took down the flag from the monument in Smolensk Oblast, which commemorates the 25,000 Polish army officers killed by Soviet forces in 1940.
Its disappearance was famous on social media on Friday by guests and historians.
The mayor of Smolensk, Andrei Borisov, has confirmed that solely the Russian flag is now flying on the entrance to the Katyn memorial.
“There will be no Polish flag on Russian monuments, and even much less so after the frankly anti-Russian statements by Polish politicians,” Borisov stated on VKontakte on Friday.
“I believe the Ministry of Tradition of the Russian Federation made the precise resolution in eradicating the Polish flag. Katyn is a Russian memorial,” he added.
The choice to take away the Polish flag comes at a time of heightened tensions between Moscow and Warsaw since Russia invaded Ukraine.
Poland, a member of NATO, has supported Kyiv by supplying it with arms.
The Katyn memorial in western Russia has lengthy been a supply of debate, with Moscow having denied any position within the bloodbath for years.
The our bodies of greater than 4,000 Polish prisoners of struggle are buried within the cemetery, which is run by the Russian authorities.
In 2010, the Polish president’s aircraft was on its solution to Smolensk when it crashed in a forest, killing all 96 folks on board.
Polish officers have reiterated claims that Russia was behind the crash, which killed former President Lech Kaczynski.
Two separate stories by Polish and Russian specialists have concluded that the plane crashed as a consequence of human error amid dense fog.