The Ukrainian authorities for the first time the Field completed the Second world war gave Germany access to military burials at Askold's grave in Kiev, There are working on the exhumation of the remains, which will then be reburied at the Central mixed cemetery in Vita-Poshtova near Kiev.
People's Union of Germany for the care of military reburials many times appealed to the Ukrainian authorities with a request to give access to military graves in the center of Kiev Askold's grave, but has until now refused.
"The question of burials at Askold grave has always been highly politicized. Buried there are not only German soldiers, but also Ukrainian students, the Kruty heroes, about whom the authorities tried to hold back. For this reason, the German side refused - not to rehash the story and not draw attention to this issue, " he told Deutsche Welle associate Professor of historical faculty of the Kiev national University. Taras Shevchenko Alexander Ivanov. By results of examination of experts, in this place are buried the remains of more than 1 million People." We hope to exhume and rebury the Central mixed cemetery in Vita-Poshtova near Kiev. Finally, the Ukrainian authorities have reconsidered the relation to history, because all the time we were denied carrying out of prospecting works ", - said the head of Kiev office of the people's Union of Germany for the care of military graves Svetlana spark. The search for the remains started 3 weeks ago and had to be completed by the beginning of autumn, but they were so many that exhumation may be delayed until the end of the year. Vice-President of people's Union of Germany for the care of military reburials Wolfgang Schneiderhan believes the main purpose of historical reconciliation." in Ukraine there are five large cemetery where German soldiers during the Second world war. We take care of them and the wish that the relatives of the deceased could come and honor the memory of the dead in the war. Nowadays it is very important to remember the lessons of history, " he said Wednesday at the Ukrainian-German press conference. The head of the Eastern branch of the people's Union of Germany for the care of military graves Wolfgang Streek said that in Ukraine during the 2nd world war, lost his life about 400 thousand German soldiers, but the Experts will be able to identify and rebury the remains of only half of the victims. According to the information currently in Ukraine, identified and reburied the remains of about 100 thousand German soldiers.