Ukraine's parliament speaker, Ruslan Stefanchuk
Ukraine's parliament speaker, Ruslan Stefanchuk, on May 25 offered condolences to the descendants of Poles massacred by Ukrainian nationalists in World War II, a gesture likely to defuse tensions between the allies ahead of the 80th anniversary of the killings. Poland has been one of Ukraine's staunchest allies since Russia invaded the country in 2022. However, the Volhynia massacre, in which historians say tens of thousands of Poles perished, has continued to hang over ties between the two nations. Polish historians say up to 12,000 Ukrainians were also killed in Polish retaliatory operations. To read the original story by Reuters, click here .