Is the “love” between Poland and Ukraine ending?

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Following the invasion of Ukraine by the military troops of the Russian Federation, Poland rejoiced and made available its entire communication and military infrastructure against the “common enemy”, Vladimir Putin.
Until yesterday, when almost the entire Ukraine celebrated 114 years since the 114th anniversary of the birth of Stepan Bandera.
Who is Stepan Bandera? For Poles, he is a criminal. For Ukrainian nationalists, he is a hero.
Incidentally, the Supreme Rada (Parliament from Kyiv) posted on Twitter a photo of the commander-in-chief of the Ukrainian army, General Valery Zalujni, under the portrait of the leader of the UPA (the military units coordinated by Bandera, who collaborated with Hitler’s armies in the second world war), along with several quotes from books written by Bandera.
The Polish authorities reacted sharply to this post. Asked about this on Tuesday, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Arkadiusz Mularczyk pointed out that the Polish government intervened in the matter on Monday. “I want to state that the Polish state does not accept to honor Stefan Bandera, the ideologue of the Ukrainian nationalists who killed tens of thousands of Poles in Volhynia,” Mularczyk said.
He also appreciated that Ukrainians must be aware that what the Polish government and Poles are doing now has a much greater value for an independent and sovereign Ukraine. I think that this signal has been received…, – said the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs.
To Poles, Bandera was a Ukrainian nationalist leader who collaborated with Nazi Germany during World War II and was responsible for mass atrocities against civilians as the leader of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA).
The UPA operated mainly in western Ukraine and fought against Soviet forces in cooperation with Nazi Germany. The UPA had many crimes to their credit, including the Volhynia massacre, a mass slaughter of the Polish population living in Volhynia and Galicia in 1943.
Polish historians consider the massacres genocide and ethnic cleansing, which claimed the lives of up to 130,000 people.
Warsaw reminds Ukraine that the glorification of Ukrainian nationalist Stepan Bandera is not acceptable, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Monday.
Morawiecki said he would tell his Ukrainian counterpart, Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal, that it was inadmissible to glorify the controversial Ukrainian far-right figure.
“During my first conversation with Shmyhal, I will convey this very, very clearly,” Morawiecki told reporters. “The Supreme Rada remembers the person who was the ideologue of the criminal times.”
Politicians from the party in power, but also from the opposition, demanded a firm attitude from the government in Warsaw and the sanctioning of those who glorified the former criminal of the Polish population in the second war.
The events are ongoing and it is not possible to predict, for now, how the “love” between Poland and Ukraine, which began so intensively in 2022, will end.

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