A MONUMENT to the victims of a World War II massacre by Ukrainian nazis has been blown up.
Police in the Lviv region of western Ukraine said in a statement yesterday that vandals had destroyed a stone cross in Huta Penyatska.
It had been put up in 2005 to commemorate the Polish villagers butchered there in 1944 by a nazi unit mostly composed of Ukrainian volunteers.
Up to 1,200 people are believed to have been killed there, according to the Polish Institute of National Remembrance.
Ukrainian media showed the memorial and two stone slabs bearing the names of the victims daubed with nazi symbols and the colours of the Ukrainian flag. Lviv police said they were investigating.
Glorification of World War II nazi collaborator Stepan Bandera, who led the Organisation of Ukrainian Nationalists, surged following the 2005 “Orange Revolution” coup and again after the 2014 Maidan Square far-right putsch.