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    Mass Grave of Massacred Poles Found in Ukraine Halyna Pastushuk reports from Kyiv, Aug. 8, 2006 http://www.polskieradio.pl/polonia/article.asp?tId=40422&j=2 A
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      Mass Grave of Massacred Poles Found in Ukraine
      Halyna Pastushuk reports from Kyiv,
      Aug. 8, 2006

      A Ukrainian government commission has concluded that thousands of
      people buried in a mass grave outside Kiev were killed during Stalin's
      purges, not by Nazi soldiers.

      The commission's conclusion supports the testimony of elderly
      witnesses in the nearby village of Bykovnia, who said they saw trucks
      dripping blood en route to the site in the 1930's, before the Nazis
      occupied the area.

      Unofficial estimates put the number of bodies in the grave at 200,000
      to 300,000.

      Villagers in Bykovnia broke five decades of silence to accuse Stalin's
      secret police after the Ukrainian government erected a monument in May
      1988 blaming Nazi occupiers for the crime. The villagers in December
      forced Ukrainian authorities to establish the commission, saying three
      previous investigations had covered up the truth by blaming Nazi troops.

      Dr. Sawomir Kalbarczyk, Chief Commission for the Prosecution of Crimes
      against the Polish Nation, said during the international scientific
      conference "Archeology and Terror" conference that took place in
      Tallin in Novembre 2005:

      It is worth mentioning that the Bykovnia pits did not say their „last
      world" and may provide still a lot of valuable information, since the
      Ukrainian authorities plan to carry out further exhumations there.
      They were to be conducted in August last year, however were postponed
      til this year. The National Remembrance Institute's prosecutors have
      been invited in the capacity of observers.

      There were found in Bykovnia numerous objects, belonging undoubtedly
      to the Polish citizens, among others, the uniforms, military caps,
      "knee-boots", Polish coins (including their issue of 1939), and also
      the objects manufactured in Poland or in the Western Europe.
      Unfortunately, all those things were separated from the corpses, so
      they could not be attributed to any concrete persons. One thing is
      however of a crucial value – it is a driving license belonging to
      the person who appears on a partial list of the executed civilians,
      drawn up by the NKVD (those who were murdered in Ukraine).

      Besides, the Ukrainian soil conceals more secrets. In 1997, the
      Ukrainian authorities carried out exhumations in the neighborhood of
      the former NKVD prison in Vladimir in Volhynien in order to check
      information disclosed by the local population on burial of Stalin's
      regime victims at that place. From death-pits there were excavated the
      remains of 100 persons, whose skulls had bullet holes in their rear
      part. With the corpses there were many items of the Polish origin:
      shoulder boards of the Polish military men and policemen, uniform
      buttons with the image of the White Eagle, etc. Just recently, the
      Institute of National Remembrance has been informed that one of the
      investigations, conducted by the Military Prosecutor's Office in
      Ukraine brought to discovery in Kiev of the remains of 270
      unidentified Polish officers. In cooperation with the Ukrainian party
      Poles will do their very best to explain this gloomy atrocity which,
      supposedly, may have a certain link with the Katyn Crime. Such
      assumptions are justified as a trace of the prisoners murdered in
      Ukraine breaks off, among others, in the Kiev prison.



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