Moscow protests defiling of monument to Soviet soldiers in Poland

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Moscow is outraged by another instance of the defiling of a monument to Soviet soldiers in Poland, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said.

“We are deeply outraged by the act of vandalism committed against a monument to Soviet liberating warriors at a military cemetery in the town of Raciborz in Poland in the early hours of May 19.

What is especially worrisome is the fact that such desecration of the memory of heroes who gave their lives for the eradication of the brown plague [Nazism] going against all moral norms and Christian and common human values has been not exceptional in Poland as of late,” Lukashevich said in a statement on Wednesday.

“A monument to Commander of the 3rd Belarusian Front Chernyakhovsky in Pieniezno was once again targeted for such sacrilegious actions several days ago, and the monument in Raciborz had also been defiled in 2012,” he said.

“In light of the latest incident, the Russian Embassy in Warsaw and the Consulate General in Krakow have forwarded protests to Polish central and local authorities and demanded that all necessary measures be taken to investigate the circumstances of the incident and identify and punish those responsible,” Lukashevich said.

Moscow expects Warsaw to take exhaustive measures in accordance with its obligations under the Russian-Polish intergovernmental agreement on burial sites and places of commemoration of victims of wars and reprisals so as to prevent such barbaric incidents in the future, he said, Interfax reports.

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