The bodies of 3,311 World War II Polish officers and soldiers were found in five mass graves in the Lithuanian village of Kalety, Polish television reported Friday.
People who claimed they witnessed the deaths said the soldiers were shot by Soviet troops, the report said. It did not say how or when the graves were discovered.More than 15,000 Polish officers were interned in three Soviet camps in the Ukraine during World War II and subsequently disappeared. In 1943, Nazi Germany, which overran Soviet territory, announced the discovery of a mass grave of 4,250 officers in the Katyn forest near Smolensk, near one of the camps.
The Lithuanian discovery does not appear to be related to the disappearances in the Ukraine.
The Soviet Union still has not formally admitted responsibility for the deaths of the officers found near Katyn despite evidence that the NKVD, the forerunner of the KGB secret police, was responsible for their executions.
The body of a Polish commander, Gen. Jozef Olszyna-Wilczynski, was among those found, the television said.
All remains will be buried Sunday in a mass grave in the tiny cemetery in the village, it said.