Post about Bandera removed from Verkhovna Rada's social networks after Polish PM's call – Polish MFA
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Poland reacted sharply to a post with a quote from Stepan Bandera, calling him “a criminal responsible for genocide” and emphasized that it is unacceptable for them to celebrate his birthday in the profile of the Verkhovna Rada.
The Verkhovna Rada removed the post on the 114th anniversary of the birth of Ukrainian revolutionary Stepan Bandera from its official social media channels after a conversation between the prime ministers of Ukraine and Poland. This was reported by PAP, referring to the words of the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland Arkadiusz Mularczyk.
According to the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, on Monday, January 2, Prime Minister of Poland Mateusz Morawiecki announced a conversation with Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal , after which the post of the Verkhovna Rada disappeared.
“This is a sign that the Ukrainians listened to our voice. I want to make it clear that the Polish state does not accept the honoring of Stefan Bandera, the ideologist of Ukrainian nationalists who killed tens of thousands of Poles in Volhynia,” Mularczyk said.
“I think that this signal was received because this record simply disappeared,” Mularczyk added.
The Polish Foreign Ministry stressed that historical issues are a very important element of relations between the two countries.
“Today, with our attitude, we have proved that we support Ukraine. Ukraine must respect this, and these issues, of course, must somehow be regulated in Polish-Ukrainian relations,” the Deputy Foreign Minister said.
To the post of the Verkhovna Rada the deputy of the Sejm of Poland, the chairman of the Polish People's Party (PSL) Vladislav Kosinyak-Kamysh also reacted sharply. The politician said that it is unacceptable for Poland to mention the anniversary of the birth of Stepan Bandera in the profile of the Verkhovna Rada.
“Let's remember that he is a criminal responsible for the genocide. The Polish Foreign Ministry should react harshly to this,” Kosinyak-Kamysh said.
What was written in the profile of the Verkhovna Rada?
1 January, the Verkhovna Rada published a post on its official pages in social networks with a quote from Stepan Bandera and a selfie of the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Valery Zaluzhny against the background of a portrait of a Ukrainian revolutionary.
The Polish media quoted a post in which the Verkhovna Rada recalled the words of Stepan Bandera about the victory of Ukrainian nationalism and the Russian Empire.
“When, choosing between bread and freedom , the nation chooses bread, it eventually loses everything, including bread.If a nation chooses freedom, then it will have the bread that it has created, and no one will take it away from it.(…) The complete and final victory of Ukrainian nationalism will come then when the Russian Empire ceases to exist,” Bandera's words were recalled in the Rada's profile.