Mateusz Morawiecki, new Prime Minister of Poland, in his first day of office said that relations with Ukraine should be built on historical truth, and such events as “genocide in Volyn” can’t be forgotten, as Polskie Radio reports.
The Prime Minister also touched upon the issue of refugees and migrants in Europe. Previously Poland was one of the EU countries that refused to take in refugees under the designated quota.
According to him, Poland “by receiving Ukrainian refugees, helps unload the tension in the Eastern flank of the EU”.
“However, the European Commission doesn’t notice this, so we will draw our partners’ attention to it,” he said.
The new Prime Minister also emphasized that Poland believes it’s their decision whether to accept refugees, and added that Poland took in a lot of refugees from Ukraine.
“The European Commission seems not to notice that there’s war in the East of Ukraine, and thousands of people die there”.
The Volyn tragedy was a WWII time ethnic cleansing beginning in March 1943 and lasting until the end of 1944. Ukrainian and Polish historians don’t see the tragedy in the same way. While the Polish side believes it was the genocide of Poles conducted by the Ukrainian Insurgent Army, the Ukrainian side believes that the Polish Home Army, communists, and Polish Nazi Auxiliary Police were also killing Ukrainians, and it was a mutual conflict with both parties guilty.