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    Polish General Refuses to Back Ukraine Due to Glorification of Nationalism

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    Retired General and former deputy Defense Minister of Poland Waldemar Skrzypczak expressed outrage following the recently adopted law by the Ukrainian Parliament.

    Retired General and former deputy Defense Minister of Poland Waldemar Skrzypczak said that he has abandoned the idea of supporting Ukraine, Polish media reported.

    Skrzypczak expressed outrage following the recently adopted law by the Verkhovna Rada (Ukrainian Parliament). After the Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski expressed support for Ukraine, the parliament voted for the bill, which benefits the soldiers of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA).

    On April 9, the Verkhovna Rada recognized the OUN, UPA and similar gangs as freedom fighters, thus glorifying Nazism in the process.

    The UPA is responsible for the deaths of many Polish citizens during 1943-1944, stressed Skrzypczak.

    “I gather that Ukraine does not respect the Polish people. I am talking about the Volyn massacre, when 100,000 Poles were killed,” he said.

    He further expressed concern about Ukraine’s future, as it is being built on the foundation of ‘blood thirsty nationalists.’

    Earlier Skrzypczak avidly supported the idea of supplying Ukraine with heavy weapons. However, his recent comments show that he radically changed his stance towards cooperation with Kiev.

    He said that the Polish government should assess the newly adopted Ukrainian law from a legal point of view. If Ukraine does not abandon the nationalist ideology, its cooperation with Poland would hardly be possible.

    At the same time, Skrzypczak said that some of the politicians are still disillusioned and will not criticize Ukraine, just to avoid disputes.

    The Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA) was formed in 1942 as a military wing of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN) and collaborated with Hitler’s troops, waging war against the Soviet Army. Until the 1960s, the group, using extremist methods, killed officials, intelligentsia and party members.

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    glorification, nationalism, Nazism, law, Verkhovna Rada, Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA), Kiev, Poland, Ukraine
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