April 22, 2015
By Nikolay Starikov
Translated from Russian by J.Hawk
As someone correctly realized already in ancient times, “beware
of Greeks bearing gifts”! They were addressing the inhabitants of Troy, but it
also applies to the citizens of contemporary Ukraine. The current Ukrainian
government’s “support” by Poland is conditioned by Warsaw’s desire to catch a
big “territorial” fish in the muddy waters of internal conflict in Ukraine. We
are talking about nothing less than five entire regions of Western Ukraine.
They are the Lvov, Ivano-Frankovsk, Tarnopol, Volyn, and Rovne Regions, which
once used to be part of the Polish state.
These territories cannot be taken away as long as Ukraine is
a strong, sovereign state. Therefore ask yourself a question—is Poland
interested in the weakening of Ukraine? Yes. Is Poland interested in promoting
lawlessness on Ukrainian lands? Very.
The Poles are splitting Ukraine into pieces together with the
Americans. The former need “muddy water”, the latter a military conflict and
tension on Russia’s borders. Their interests fully coincide. Therefore one
should not marvel at the statements by a Polish politician who said that the “unidentified
snipers” were unleashed on the Maidan by Ukraine’s “Polish friends.”
This is what we talked about on the Sputnik Radio:
Opinion: The Poles will remember the Volhyn Massacre only
after they retrieve Lvov
Poland’s presidential candidate Janusz Korwin-Mikke saidthat he would like to see Ukraine as an independent state, but also as weak aspossible. Nikolay Starikov believes that the Poles want to break Ukraine into
pieces in order to “swallow” the Lvov Region.
The Europarliament deputy and presidential candidate
Korwin-Mikke made several controversial statements in Polish media. For
example, he said that the snipers who killed 53 people on the Kiev Maidan in
February 2014 were trained in Poland. According to Korwin-Mikke, Warsaw
undertook these steps in order to “earn Washington’s favor.” Korwin-Mikke made
one more interesting statement, when he said that he’d like to see Ukraine
independent, but also as weak as possible.
According to Starikov, Poland will not abandon its plans to
re-annex Ukraine’s territory so as to increase own size and influence. This is
what Poland is fighting for today.
“The Polish politician did not say the whole truth. He let
it slip that Poland needs weak Ukraine, but did not say why. Ukrainian
nationalists forget that in Poland the nationalists are Polish, and that they
remember perfectly well that part of the current territory of Ukraine, in
particular Lvov, used to be part of Poland, and prior to that part of
Austria-Hungary but mainly inhabited by Poles. Therefore when the Ukrainian
nationalists destroyed the existing status quo inside Ukraine, they launched
the process of destruction of their own state. That Ukraine which we once knew
is no longer,” Starikov said on Sputnik Radio.
In his opinion, the only question is what form the break-up
and liquidation of that state will take.
“Russia is against a break-up, in order to ensure Ukraine
returns in its entirety to its historical place as part of the Russian civilization, while the
Poles need something else to happen. The Poles want to fragment Ukraine, break
it into parts, in order to swallow up the Lvov region, therefore the weaker the
Ukrainian state, the more advantageous the situation is for Poland. The Poles
temporarily “forgot” about the Volhyn Massacre, but they will remember it as
soon as they manage to retake Lvov,” Starikov believes.
J.Hawk’s Comment: That’s one way of looking at things, and there indeed are forces in Poland which want the return of the “Kresy” (from German “Kreise”, or districts) in Ukraine, Belarus, and Lithuania. But there are also other forces at work. Some view Ukraine as a useful bulwark against Poland. That was, for example, Skrzypczak’s view, which was based on an assumption of a friendly (!) non-banderite (!!!) Ukraine (seriously, where has he been all this time???). But as soon as reality penetrated his thick skull, he promptly changed his tune–now a weak Ukraine would be preferable, because you can’t have a hostile Ukraine that’s also strong.
Whether Poland would physically annex these regions is another matter. The ideal “end state” is Ukraine which is firmly in Poland’s economic and political orbit, a state that presupposes a rather weak Ukrainian state incapable of satisfying its own political and economic objectives without Poland’s assistance. This policy, however, also requires the exclusion of Germany from Ukrainian politics, since whatever Poland can do for Ukraine, Germany can do a hundred times better. That’s the reason for the none-too-subtle Polish attempts to sabotage Minsk-1, Minsk-2, and the Normandy Four, from which Poland was also none-too-subtly excluded for reasons listed above. Starikov is of course correct in his assessment of US motives, whose congruence with Polish ones also includes the shared desire to minimize Germany’s influence in Eastern Europe.