16:12 13.12.2016

Polish ambassador to Ukraine calls Przemysl incident provocation, sees 'Russian methods'

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Polish ambassador to Ukraine calls Przemysl incident provocation, sees 'Russian methods'

The situation in Przemysl, Poland, where during an Independence Day march on Saturday anti-Ukrainian slogans were heard, resembles a provocation designed to drive a wedge between Poles and Ukrainians, Poland's ambassador to Ukraine Yan Pieklo has said.

"I see Russian methodology here, to pit Poles against Ukrainians," he said during a press conference, titled "Diplomats without Ties," on Tuesday in Kyiv. Pieklo added there also exists an element of hybrid warfare, which is being conducted by Russia against Europe.

"In fact, it's rather difficult for the pro-Putin Russia to put together a pro-Russia lobby in Poland, the same as in Ukraine … What to do in this situation? Pit the Poles against the Ukrainians," the ambassador said.

As earlier reported, on December 10 in Przemyl, Poland, during the annual March of the Eagles of Przemysl and Lviv, a marcher screamed, "Death to Ukrainians" when the column reached the office of the Ukrainian People's House in the city.

Ambassador of Ukraine to the Republic of Poland Andriy Deschytsia reacted by condemning any acts and calls that lead to ethnic strife.

"Such provocations in the statements of one person can destroy the legacy of official and public work of Poland and Ukraine," the Ukrainian diplomat said.

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