The Polish Foreign Ministry condemned the destruction of the cemetery of Polish soldiers “on the recommendation of the Belarusian authorities” in the village of Mikulishki, Grodno region. About it says in a press release from the Polish Foreign Office.
In connection with the received reports about the destruction of the graves of soldiers of the Home Army, the Polish Foreign Ministry summoned the charge d’affaires of Belarus in Poland on July 5.
“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is outraged by reports that the cemetery of Polish soldiers in Mikulishki, Grodno region, was destroyed on the recommendation of the Belarusian authorities. In 1944, the soldiers of the 3rd and 6th brigades of the Home Army were part of the Polish Army, participated in Operation Sharp Brama” fighting for the liberation of Vilnius from German occupation, and paid the highest price for it. It is especially shocking that the Belarusian side is undertaking this unprecedented attack on the eve of the anniversary of the July 7 operation,” the press release says.
Polish diplomats consider the incident a violation by the Belarusian authorities of their obligations in relation to memorial sites. In their opinion, this is “a deliberate action to further worsen relations between Poland and Belarus.”
“The liquidation of Polish graves and memorial sites is another and most striking example of the actions of the Minsk regime against the Poles in Belarus. We strongly condemn this anti-Polish campaign of the Belarusian authorities aimed at eliminating any traces of Polishness in Belarus. The destruction of military graves will not change history and will not erase memory about the past. This once again shows the world the barbarism of the current regime,” the Polish Foreign Ministry said in a press release.
The destruction of the grave of soldiers of the Home Army in Mikulishki in the Grodno region became known on July 4. About it wrote “Mirror” with reference to Deputy of the Sejm of Poland Robert Tyszkiewicz.
Previously at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland protested against the desecration of monuments to Poles and their graves in Belarus. It was noted that this happens mainly on the territory of the Grodno region, where there are about 550 resting places of Polish soldiers, participants in popular uprisings. In particular, the department pointed to the destruction of Polish tombstones and monuments in Bogdany, Bobrovichi, Dyndylishki, Ivye, Oshmyany, and Iodkevichi.