Mateusz Morawiecki, Prime Minister of Poland, on Monday announced his intention to discuss with Denys Shmyhal, Prime Minister of Ukraine, the issue of “glorification” of Stepan Bandera on the official pages of the Ukrainian authorities.
According to PAP, on Monday at a press conference, Morawiecki was asked about the celebration of the birthday of Stepan Bandera, a message about which appeared on the pages of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine. The Polish agency says that on January 1, a photo of the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, General Valeriy Zaluzhny, was posted on Twitter of the Verkhovna Rada under the portrait of a UPA guide. The message was allegedly accompanied by quotes from Bandera and the words: “The current struggle is against the Russian Empire. And these directives of Stepan Bandera are well known to the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces.”
By the way, “European Truth” couldn’t find such a message on any of the pages of the Verkhovna Rada in social networks. And Morawiecki answered the question like this:
“We are extremely critical of any glorification or even mention of Bandera, very, very negatively. in any case, agree to some kind of condescending attitude towards those who do not want to admit that that terrible genocide was something unthinkable and make a full atonement, a full confession of guilt.
He also called Bandera “an ideologue of criminal times, times of war” when “terrible Ukrainian crimes” took place.
The figure of Stepan Bandera has been an occasion for discussions in Polish-Ukrainian relations before. In Warsaw, he is considered involved in the so-called Volyn tragedy of July 1943, which they call the genocide of the Polish population, as well as propaganda of an unfriendly attitude towards Poland.