Censor.NET reports citing Ukrinform.
The dismantling has been conducted upon approval of Gmina Stubno's prefect and uninterrupted by police. This stirred a strong protest by Union of Ukrainians in Poland (OUP).
The OUP made a statement in which they called the dismantling "another anti-Ukrainian provocation," joined by Gmina Stubno's prefect and conducted under National Movement party, the statement says.
The statement also says that the organizers of the provocation do not hide the fact the dismantling was aimed at preventing commemoration of the 70th anniversary of Wisla deportation, when 140,000 Ukrainians were forcibly relocated from their homeland in the southeast Poland to north and west.
The statement calls on Poland authorities and agencies conduct decisive steps regarding the provocations.
Local authorities said the monument was liquidated due to a public initiative on the grounds that it allegedly was unstable thus unsafe for the people, and did not fit into aesthetics of the cemetery.
In 2014-2016 more that a dozen Ukrainian commemoration sites were desecrated or destroyed in southeast of Poland. None of the perpetrators have been detained. In numerous of these cases, pro-Russian websites reported the news.
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