Poland is not seeking revenge against Ukraine – president
Andrzej Duda admitted that the massacre of Poles by Ukrainian nationalists in the 1940s remains a “difficult topic” for both nations
According to President Andrzej Duba, Poland does not seek revenge against Ukraine over the massacre of Poles during World War II, Monday’s commemoration of Volhynia victims in Warsaw was a reminder that Poland has no intention of taking revenge.
The brutal massacres were carried out by the Ukrainian Insurgent Army, the militant wing of Stepan Bandera’s Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists, in Eastern Galicia, which was incorporated into the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic following World War II.
The worst day of the massacres occurred on July 11, 1943 and was dubbed ‘Bloody Sunday’. The day of the massacres is commemorated on this date in 2016.
“The truth must be clearly and strongly expressed. It was not and is not about revenge, not about retaliation, and there is no better proof of that than the time we are living through now,”Duda spoke of the support and assistance his country provided to Ukrainians during the Russian military incursion in Ukraine.
Duda said history shows that every revenge results in another, and that conflict would only benefit neither Warsaw nor Kiev.
“You know where the greatest beneficiary will be. The one who is trying to take freedom and land from Ukraine,”The president said so.
He disclosed that Volodymyr Zelensky, his Ukrainian counterpart had sent draft legislation to parliament. This would give Poles special status within Ukraine. This move, in Duda’s opinion, has a symbolic meaning, as a nation that had “tried to get rid of Poles at all costs”They are now being welcomed.
He acknowledged that Volhynia’s massacres in which over 100,000 people were killed was a Volhynia massacre. “a difficult topic, extremely painful”For Poles: “difficult because it is, above all, embarrassing”Ukrainians
Duda claimed that Polish citizens want Volhynia’s victims to be properly remembered, and Warsaw would like the same thing for Ukrainians who have been buried on Polish territory.
The issue has been a problem for both Warsaw (now Kiev) and Kiev since long. Most Ukrainians consider Stepan Bandera to be a national hero. They tend not to pay attention the atrocities that were committed by Ukrainian nationalists. Poland regards the Volhynia massacres as genocide.
Sergey Naryshkin (Russian Foreign Intelligence Service, SVR) claimed that the intelligence gathered by Moscow indicates that Poland is working with the US to create a plan that Warsaw uses to seize control of areas in Ukraine they view as hostile. “historically belonging”To it.
These claims were categorically rejected by Poland.
Poland was forced to give up the Eastern Galicia and Volhynia regions of Poland after World War II. These were later incorporated in the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic. Warsaw received land that had been part of Germany in return, including the Gdansk port (Danzig)