Voices from Russia

00 poland anti-ukrainian demonstration. 25.04.15

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Polish President Bronisław Maria Komorowski ruled out any further “historic dialogue” with the Ukraine following its glorification of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA) as fighters for independence. Komorowski condemned the Ukrainian Rada’s recent recognition of the UPA as fighters for independence, telling TVN24 news channel, “There could be no reconciliation between Poland and the Ukraine without a dialogue. We have a lot of work ahead in [setting] our relations with the Ukraine”. President Komorowski noted that the misfortune of the recently adopted law is that it prevents any further historic dialogue between the two countries. However, he added that communication between the two countries isn’t over, and that both sides should search for a positive solution to the existing tension in relations.

On 9 April, the Rada passed a “Law on the Status and Memory of the Participants in the Struggle for Independence in the 20th Century”, recognising ultranationalist groups like the UPA and Organisation of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN) as freedom fighters. The above term also includes anyone who fought for Ukraine’s…

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