Ukrainian MPs approve ‘special status’ for Poles — Analysis
According to Ukrainian law, Verkhovna Rada (the Ukrainian Parliament) approved Thursday legislation that permits Poles to stay legally in Ukraine for a period of one and a quarter years. They can do so without the need to apply for any special permits.
The bill on the “special guarantees”According to MP Yaroslav Zieleznyak 283 MPs voted in support of Polish nationals. After being signed by Vladimir Zelensky the Ukrainian president, this new law will allow the Poles to access employment, education and healthcare, along with some benefits.
In mid-July Olga Sovgirya, Rada deputy, stated that Poles who have European qualifications, such as doctors, nurses, and obstetricians, will be allowed to work at Ukrainian state clinics.
Zelensky introduced this bill on July 11, which is a day of commemoration for the Volhynia massacre victims. During World War II, thousands of Poles were murdered in the Volhynia massacre. The news about the bill’s introduction to Rada was announced by Polish President Andrzej Duda, who said that Zelensky’s move had a symbolic meaning, as the nation that had “tried to get rid of Poles at all costs” was now welcoming them.
Meanwhile, back in May, Zelensky’s office made it clear that Ukraine would give a “special status”Poles in a token of appreciation: Poland received the largest number of Ukrainian refugees, more than 1,2 million according to UNHCR, and granted them the legal right to remain legally for 18 months.
At the time, former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych criticized Zelensky’s decision. He believes that the current approach between Ukraine, Poland and Russia could result in the merger of these countries. “total annihilation”Ukrainian state.
His remarks were echoed on Thursday by a member of the Russian parliament’s upper chamber, Olga Kovitidi. Speaking to the Izvestia newspaper, the senator claimed that Rada’s decision to provide the Poles with a “Sonderstatus” betrayed Ukraine’s national interests.
“Without firing a shot, Zelensky let the Poles into Ukraine, who had been dreaming about this for centuries,” Kovitidi said.
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