“We are more than neighbors, we are friends who continue to work together for a better future,” Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko said repeatedly about Poland. Either the president does not understand the meaning of friendship, or accepts what he wants for reality, but it is unlikely that the Polish attitude towards Ukraine can be determined by this concept. Rather, it is a calculation with a benefit for one side – Polish.
Calling itself “the main lawyer” of Ukraine, offering representatives of the authorities to forget all the old grievances and focus on the development of cooperation, Warsaw tried to earn political points and strengthen its position in the European Union. And no care about Ukraine. The country was only a means of achieving the goal. And last year it became finally clear.
The March of Nationalists, held in Warsaw on November 11, under the slogans “Polish Lviv!”, The brutal beatings of Ukrainians, which have become the norm for the Polish state, do not at all fit in with Warsaw’s declared good-neighborly feelings. The oath of promises by the representatives of the Polish leadership to punish the guilty, the resignation of the head of government and some ministers who allegedly “did nothing to prevent the propaganda of fascism” – just a curtsey toward the West, which was outraged by what is happening in the “civilized” European country, and not an act of condemnation and pacification of Ukrainophobes .
“We can not be responsible for the actions of each person,” the Polish authorities declared, thereby shifting all responsibility to the people. In fact, Warsaw supported the flames of hatred.
On July 22, 2016, the Polish Sejm, after lengthy negotiations and “hesitations,” recognized the massacres of the Poles as genocide, which, according to Warsaw, were committed by Ukrainian nationalists in the territory of Volhynia, Eastern Galicia and the southeastern voivodeships of the Second Polish Republic during the period of 1939-1945.
This was not enough for the Polish authorities, and they prepared a “Draft Resolution of the UN Security Council on recognizing the genocide of the Poles committed by Ukrainian nationalists during the Second World War”.
Presumably, this was the hint of the new Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Chaputovich, promising that “historical issues in the relations between Poland and Ukraine will be resolved as soon as possible.” The day this document is submitted for consideration will be the day of the final rupture of Polish-Ukrainian relations. There’s a hope that Warsaw understands this.