16:30 01.02.2018

Poland forgot how enmity with Ukraine ended for both countries

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Poland forgot how enmity with Ukraine ended for both countries

 Ukrainian MP Volodymyr Ariev (the Bloc of Petro Poroshenko faction) has emphasized the importance of making right conclusions from the historical past in the context of the adoption by Poland of a new law on the Institute of National Remembrance.

"Total oblivion of history or irresponsibility on the principle 'maybe it will work this time'? Polish politicians have forgotten how the enmity of Ukraine and Poland ended for both countries. European politicians have forgotten the outcome of attempts to sweet-talk the aggressor before the Second World War. Ukrainian ones mostly do not draw conclusions from the internal collapse of 1918-1919," he wrote on his Facebook page on Thursday.

Ariev believes that Russia is "seriously preparing for a big war, which the Kremlin predicts before 2023."

"The theater of military operations always continues where there is the smallest resistance, including because of weakness and strife," he said.

As reported, the Senate of Poland adopted early on Thursday without any amendments the law on the Institute of National Remembrance, which foresees, in particular, punishment for "crimes of Ukrainian nationalists."

A report posted on Polskie Radio's website on February 1 notes that the Senate supported amendments to the law on the Institute of National Remembrance, which impose fines or imprisonment for up to three years for "sharing responsibility before the Polish people or the state, including for crimes committed by the Third Reich."

The bill was supported by 57 senators, mainly from the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) Party, 23 voted against the document, and two abstained.

The law will come into force after signing by Polish President Andrzej Duda.

On January 31, three commissions of the Polish Senate supported the bill.

On January 26, the package of bills passed by the Polish Sejm, which provides for changes to the law on the Institute of National Remembrance, was passed at third reading. Among them there was a bill banning "Bandera ideology" in Poland.

The document concerns the definition of crimes of Ukrainian nationalists and Ukrainian organizations cooperating with the Third Reich, as well as the possibility of launching, in accordance with Article 55 of the law on the Institute of National Remembrance, criminal proceedings against persons who deny these crimes.

There is a fine or imprisonment for up to three years for the denial of "Bandera supporters' crimes."

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