Sunday, January 14, 2018

Warsaw to Kiev — ‘You Won’t Get Into Europe Glorifying War Criminal Bandera’

Former Polish President Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the influential leader of the country’s ruling Law and Justice Party, has some frank advice for Kiev, telling Ukrainian officials that the country would never join Europe if it continued to try to build its national identity on the glorification of notorious Nazi-allied war criminals like Stepan Bandera.
In an interview for the news weekly magazine Do Rzeczy, excerpts from which were published by other Polish outlets on Monday, Kaczynski indicated that he had warned Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko that Kiev would have no place in Europe if it continued to indulge in the glorification of war criminals like Stepan Bandera, the leader of the WWII-era Ukrainian nationalist organization that collaborated with the Nazis.
Kaczynski said “for years now, we have disagreed with the construction in Ukraine of a cult to people who engaged in genocide against the Poles. They even surpassed the cruelty of the Germans, which was not easy to do.”
“In short, this is a matter of choice for Ukraine,” the politician emphasized. “I told President Poroshenko clearly that Ukraine wouldn’t be entering Europe with Bandera. For me this is an issue that is absolutely clear,” he added, “because we have demonstrated great patience. But this patience has its limits.”
A defining moment.

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