Drunken Poles in Gdansk beat Ukrainian because of his nationality

Source : 112 Ukraine

The man was hospitalized with wounds in his head and arm, and the attackers were soon released
17:41, 21 August 2017

Three drunken men in Polish Gdansk attacked a 24 year-old Ukrainian who worked in a local kebab café because of his nationality. As a result of the attack, he was taken to the hospital with injuries of the head and arm. This was reported by Gazeta Wyborcza.

The agency notes that a drunken company came to the cafe before its closing, and a 24-year-old employee, a citizen of Ukraine, said that the bar was closing

"Hearing a foreign language, a man suddenly asked our colleague where he was from," said Ruslan, the owner of the bar.

"When he said that he was from Ukraine, the man asked:"Do you know what your grandfather did to my grandmother?” Then he pushed the employee twice and hit him in the face. They then left the room and two others joined the beating. The three of them beat one person," Ruslan added.

The attackers were briefly stopped by an occasional passerby who used tear gas against the aggressors. The Ukrainian managed to hide and close himself in a bar. The men began to beat windows and tried to get inside through the window. Fortunately, Ukrainian has already called the guards, and they reported to the police.

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Three intruders aging from 21 to 28 were detained on the spot. Aggressive men were drunk.

"They are charged with beating on ethnic grounds and causing bodily harm," the district prosecutor's office in Gdansk reported.

For beating on ethnic grounds according to Polish law, they can face up to 5 years of imprisonment. However, all three were released – they will be surveilled by the police surveillance and they were also forbidden to approach the victim. Only one of the suspects confessed to the beating and explained everything. According to the investigators, the detention in this case was not justified.

As it was reported earlier "Poland imposes its vision of history because of void of such vision in Ukraine," said Andriy Deshchytsia, current Ambassador of Ukraine to Poland. Deshchytsia discussed a wide range of issues in Ukrainian-Polish relations: from common historical heritage to attracting investment and solving problems on the Ukrainian-Polish border.

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