Speaking on ZIK TV late Nov. 9, the head of the Ukrainian Institute of National Memory, Volodymyr Vyatrovych, said Polish politicians had been fanning anti-Ukrainian feelings and are gradually becoming hostages to their own mistakes. They are involved in a competition of sorts as to who would kick Ukraine harder, forgetting that Ukraine is actually defending Poland from the Russian aggression.
“The on-going attacks on Ukraine indicate that our Polish neighbors are not fully aware of how much Ukraine has changed over the past 3-4 years. They definitely need the advice of experts who could explain to them that the language of lecturing and ultimatums should not be used in talking to Ukraine,” Vyatrovych said.
Vyatrovych said Ukraine is bearing itself with dignity, standing firm against the provocations and waving off the unacceptable concessions demanded by Poland’s politicians.
The expert stressed the importance of the advice offered by Pres Poroshenko during his joint briefing with his Polish counterpart Pres Duda whereby both sides should ‘forgive each other and forget.’
“Such recipe has worked for many warring nations. However, some present Polish politicians do not seem to have the understanding of its importance.
Politicians must deal with the present and future, leaving history to the attention of historians,” Volodymyr Vyatrovych stressed.