A pro-Ukrainian mob doused the Russian Ambassador to Poland with red paint while he attempted to lay a wreath at the Soviet Military Cemetery in Warsaw, which prompted him to leave without paying respect to the over 600,000 Red Army soldiers who lost their lives liberating Poland from Nazi Germany’s genocidal occupation. Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova reacted to this startling attack, which should have been prevented by the Polish security services, by writing the following on her Telegram channel (per Google Translate):
“Admirers of neo-Nazism once again bared their face – and it is bloody. The demolition of monuments to the heroes of World War II, the desecration of graves, and now the disruption of the flower-laying ceremony on a holy day for every decent person prove the already obvious – the West has set a course for the reincarnation of fascism. But, as I said, we cannot be intimidated. It must be terrible for the inhabitants of Europe from their own reflection in the mirror.”
She’s absolutely right too since Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki recently embraced fascism by bragging about how his country has set the global standard for Russophobia, which is a form of that hateful ideology. Moreover, TASS reported that there were no police at the memorial when he arrived, which suggests that Poland violated its diplomatic obligation to protect the foreign diplomats on its territory. In hindsight, the entire sequence of events appears to have been a preplanned provocation hatched between the Polish government and pro-Ukrainian fascists.
It’s unclear whether the perpetrators were from that former Soviet Republic or not, but it wouldn’t be surprising if they were and also aren’t prosecuted for attacking the Russian Ambassador. That’s because the Ukrainization of Poland has resulted in those people becoming first-class citizens in the country at the expense of the locals, who are mistreated as second-class citizens. In fact, they’re even placed below refugees nowadays on lists for emergency medical treatments according to the New York Times in the example that they cited in a recent article of Ukrainian children being placed ahead of Polish ones.
What happened is unforgiveable for three reasons. First, Polish officials likely conspired with the fascists and perhaps even those foreign nationals who were probably among them in order to not provide any police protection for the Russian Ambassador despite being aware of threats to his security. Second, the incident took place on Victory Day when Russia and several other countries commemorate the end of World War II, which was brought to a close in Europe’s Eastern Front because of the Red Army’s immense sacrifices. And finally, nobody should forget the 600,000 soldiers who died liberating Poland.
There’s no question that the political system that followed remains controversial in Poland to this day, which is why many Poles regard the Red Army’s continued presence in their country after the war as an “occupation”. Nevertheless, that doesn’t take away from its sacrifices in liberating Poland from Nazi Germany’s genocidal occupation, which unforgettably included the infamous fascist death camps in Auschwitz and elsewhere. Approximately half of the Holocaust was also carried out on the territory of the erstwhile Second Polish Republic, meaning that the Red Army also stopped this genocide too.
The former USSR and Poland were officially allies in World War II and thus shared in the victory over Nazi Germany. No matter how drastically the political situation has changed since then, this is a matter of historical record that can’t be revised. It’s therefore absolutely unacceptable that Polish officials likely conspired with those fascists, including the Ukrainian refugees that were presumably among them, to pose what possibly could have been a threat to the Russian Ambassador’s life and which paints Poland in a negative light with respect to violating its obligation to protect foreign diplomats.
Sergey Andreev had the right to lay a wreath at the Soviet Military Cemetery in Warsaw to commemorate the over half a million of his former compatriots who lost their lives liberating Poland from fascism. It’s disgusting that instead of being allowed to peacefully perform this solemn duty on such a special day, he was attacked by a fascist mob with the likely complicity of his host country’s authorities. Anyone can describe the Red Army’s post-war presence in Poland as an “occupation” while still acknowledging its irreplaceable role in liberating that country and others from Nazi Germany.
Furthermore, even among those who are of the opinion that the Soviet Union “occupied” Poland after World War II, they don’t have the right to attack the Russian Ambassador, not to mention with the likely impunity that’ll probably follow this fascist assault against him. The entire episode is shameful on so many levels and shows just how fascist the Polish authorities have become. In an ideal world, it would be universally condemned, but the current political tensions will likely result in the US-led West turning a blind eye at the official level and celebrating what just happened at the unofficial one.
Source: One World