Russia, Poland Honor Soviet Massacre Victims





In an unprecedented diplomatic show, the Russian and Polish prime ministers on Wednesday honored 22,000 Poles murdered 70 years ago by Soviet forces in the Katyn Forest.

Russia's Vladimir Putin and Poland's Donald Tusk are the first leaders of their countries to attend a joint ceremony honoring victims of the notorious World War II massacre ordered by Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin. The event has cast a long cloud over their bilateral relations.

The two leaders laid the cornerstone of a new Russian Orthodox church at the site of the massacre, near Smolensk in western Russia, and paid respect to Soviet victims of Stalinist-era terror campaigns buried next to the Polish officers.



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