A memorial sign with names of those killed during the war was destroyed last night, a local official said.
Interestingly, the incident was first reported by Russia's news agency Regnum in the evening of Jan. 9, although, according to the local authorities, the monument was damaged on the night of Jan. 10.
In addition, the caption to the video with the destroyed monument posted on Vilna Ukraina (Free Ukraine) YouTube channel contains a spelling mistake:
Ukrainian historian, President of the Ukrainian Institute of National Remembrance Volodymyr Viatrovych considers the act of vandalism in Huta Peniatska to be a provocation aimed at the aggravation of the Polish-Ukrainian relations and beneficial for a third party.
"The monument, unveiled in 2005, has become not only a tribute to the memory of villagers killed in 1944 but also a symbol of the participation of third parties in fueling the conflict between our peoples. After all, Huta Peniatska is a Polish village destroyed at the order of German occupants after a provocation by Soviet partisans stationed there," Viatrovych wrote on Facebook.