Stalin's victims memorial unveiled outside Kiev

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Posted: Sep 21, 2012 7:08 AM
Stalin's victims memorial unveiled outside Kiev

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine and Poland have unveiled a memorial to the thousands of Ukrainians, Poles and others killed by Soviet dictator Josef Stalin's secret police ahead of World War II.

Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski and his Ukrainian counterpart Viktor Yanukovych on Friday inaugurated the memorial to the victims of totalitarianism outside the Ukrainian capital of Kiev.

It is part of the Bykivnia memorial complex, where up to 120,000 people are buried. The victims include Poles executed by the Soviet secret police in western Russia and other parts of the Soviet Union in what became known as the Katyn massacre.

Yanukovych said the memorial is meant to condemn Stalin's crimes and make sure they are never repeated. Komorowski said the memorial symbolizes "the unity of our Polish and Ukrainian fates."