Poland and Ukraine tackle their troubled past

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Polish President Alexander Kwasniewski visited the Ukraine this week for the first-ever memorial ceremony to mark the anniversary of a World War II massacre of Poles and Ukrainians. His trip follows a declaration by both countries aimed at resolving a highly sensitive dispute. The massacres took place between 1942 and 1943 in Volhynia - then part of Poland - when nationalists on both sides killed tens of thousands. The Polish victims were killed by Ukrainian nationalists who wanted to create a sovereign Ukrainian state out of the chaos of World War 2.

Polish President Alexander Kwasniewski visited the Ukraine this week for the first-ever memorial ceremony to mark the anniversary of a World War II massacre of Poles and Ukrainians. His trip follows a declaration by both countries aimed at resolving a highly sensitive dispute. The massacres took place between 1942 and 1943 in Volhynia - then part of Poland - when nationalists on both sides killed tens of thousands. The Polish victims were killed by Ukrainian nationalists who wanted to create a sovereign Ukrainian state out of the chaos of World War 2.