First finds in Katyn exhumation
- First finds in Katyn exhumation
Archaeologists working at a former Soviet killing field in Bykivnia, Ukraine, have found new evidence testifying to the murder of Polish citizens there during World War II.
A so-called police chip containing the identification number of a Warsaw district police officer has been revealed today, bolstering Polish convictions that 3500 victims from the Katyn Crime are buried at the site.
In 2007, Polish archaeologists working at Bykivnia discovered the dog tags of Sergeant Jozef Naglik, as well as a comb with the names of four Poles inscribed on it.
The names tallied with the so-called Ukrainian List, which makes up about 15 percent of the 22,500 Poles murdered by Soviet Secret Police (NKVD) during the Katyn Crime.
Poland plans to open a necropolis on the site, with a tentative opening date of April 2012.
The current excavations, led by the Council for the Protection of Struggle and Martyrdom Sites (ROPWiM) mark the final stage in the process before construction of a cemetery begins.
Soviet victims from several nations are understood to be buried at the site, with some estimates as high as 150,000.
Polish experts began investigating the site in 2001, with the blessing of authorities in Kiev. (nh)
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