Report – In Ivano-Frankivsk, the memory of the massacres by the NKVD, the communist secret police, joins the occupation led by Putin’s army.
Ivano-Frankivsk Special Envoy
On the outskirts of the city of Ivano-Frankivsk in western Ukraine stands a small memorial surrounded by five crosses that commemorates the horrific crimes. Perpetrated by the Soviet NKVD political police against the Ukrainian population in the summer of 1941, Hitler’s army was preparing to invade the Soviet Union and specifically Ukrainian Galicia, which until 1939 belonged to Poland.
In an old wooded valley called Demianiv Laz, the Soviet NKVD secret police who stayed in the town after the 1939 Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact and annexation of western Ukraine brutally tortured and murdered hundreds of Ukrainians. . “Like today, they tried to eradicate Ukrainian culture. Upon their arrival in 1939, they began arresting all nationalist activists, all members of the Ukrainian cultural intelligentsia, and priests.
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