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Poland receives note from Kiev over Ukrainian flag burning in Warsaw

November 14, 2016, 19:04 UTC+3 WARSAW
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WARSAW, November 14. /TASS/. The Polish Foreign Ministry has received a note from Kiev over the burning of the Ukrainian flag in Warsaw during an annual march on the occasion of National Independence Day on November 11, ministry spokeswoman Joanna Wajda wrote in her Twitter microblog on Monday.

"The Foreign Ministry confirms that it has received a note from the Ukrainian side today," she said, noting that "the police is carrying out an investigation of the circumstances of the November 11 incident."

"We’re holding a check, relying on media information and video records posted in the Internet," spokesman for the Warsaw police Mariusz Mrozek said.

According to him, the case will be transferred to the Prosecutor’s Office for examination after information is gathered.

Poland celebrates National Independence Day on November 11. On this day, nationalist and patriotic organizations annually organize an Independence March. This year it was attended by 75,000 people. As the police say, the procession was carried out calmly, without serious incidents, except for the use of firecrackers and flares by the march’s participants.

A video was posted in the Internet on November 11, showing that the march’s participants threw a Ukrainian flag onto the ground, trampled it underfoot and set fire to it. The action was accompanied by the use of the coarse language, including against the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA, outlawed in Russia) and Ukrainian nationalist during World War II Stepan Bandera.

Charge d’Affaires of the Ukrainian Embassy in Poland Vasily Zvarych said on that day that Ukraine expected from Warsaw "an immediate reaction to this shameful act of vandalism."

"The actions insulting the national symbols of a sovereign and, what’s more, a friendly neighboring state, which Ukraine is, are unacceptable and must not take place in a country, with which we’re developing strategic partnership," he said.

The charge d’affaires said he hoped that the culprits would be punished.

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