The Ukrainian authorities have decided to postpone the show of the Polish film “Volyn” on the crimes of Ukrainian nationalists during the Second World War in Kiev because of fears that it could trigger riots. This was stated in an interview with Polish radio “Zet” by the Ambassador of Ukraine in Poland Andrey Deshchytsia.

“We were afraid that the movie “Volyn” can provoke on the streets. We have signals about possible protests, so we need to prepare the society,” he said. “Scenes that are shown in the film are quite naturalistic, and on Ukraine, they can trigger a large enough negative reaction”.

Deshchytsia did not rule out that pickets can be conducted in areas of film screenings, as in Ukraine there are organizations that do not agree with the interpretation of events in the Volyn region by Director of Presentation Wojciech Smarzowski. At the same time the Ambassador expressed confidence that “Volyn” will provoke a storm of emotions, but will not affect the relations of Poland and Ukraine.

“It will provide the basis for further conversation,” he said. “It will be a desire for society and Ukrainian historians to begin learning more about this issue”. The script was written based on the novel “Hate” by the Polish poet Stanislaw Srokowski, who talks about the criminal activities of the Ukrainian insurgent army — UPA against Polish civilians. The filming was attended by 130 actors, including 30 from Ukraine.


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