Yatsenyuk to Polish PM: “The annexation of Lvov was a crime”


September 19, 2015 – 

Vasiliy Ablyazimov, PolitNavigator –

Translated for Fort Russ by J. Arnoldski

“Yatsenyuk called the transfer of Polish Lvov to the Ukrainian SSR a crime”

Polish media is publishing the statements of Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk which he made yesterday in the presence of Polish Prime Minister Eva Kopacz at the cemetery of Polish soldiers, shot by the Bolsheviks, in Bykovnya.

Yatsenyuk talked about the criminality of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact which annexed Western Ukraine to the Ukrainian SSR from Poland. 

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The Polish journal Kresy.pl, among other Polish media, quoted the prime minister of Ukraine. He stated that the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact was directed not only against Poland, but also Ukraine.

“Arseniy Yatsenyuk reminded that the communists and Nazis, signing the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact, acted against Poland and Ukraine,” IAR news agency reports.

Yatsenyuk also stated that Bykovnya is the site of a tragedy for Poles and Ukrainians. He also added that Poland and Ukraine should show the world unity in “conditions of Russian aggression.”

“In this holy place, we should swear that we will continue to fight for the freedom and independence of the democratic world,” the Ukrainian prime minster said.

Yatsenyuk noted that “in a civilized world, there is no place for imperialism and totalitarianism,” and “those who follow this path will finish at a Hague Tribunal.” He also stressed the unity of Warsaw and Kiev is the axis “of our common European future.” His speech ended with the words: “Long live Ukraine! Long live Poland!”

Let’s recall that, as a result of the signing of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, Western Ukraine, for the first time after many centuries of Polish rule, was united with Central Ukraine. From the moment of Polish occupation of Kiev to the moment of the signing of the pact, Poland was divided into “Poland A” – Poland proper – and “Poland B” – Western Ukraine and Western Belarus, which was also united with the rest of the Belarusian SSR on the terms of the agreement. 

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