RUSSIA has threatened Poland after claiming it ‘killed 80 foreign fighters’ amid calls for NATO reinforcements.
After Moscow claimed that it had taken a Polish flag from a memorial site honoring the killing of thousands of Poles in the Soviet Union, tensions have been rising rapidly with the NATO member country. This warning comes in the midst of these rising tensions.
According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, Russian troops conducting “precise attacks” in the eastern part of the Donetsk region have killed “up to 80” Polish fighters.
It was stated in a statement that there were up to 80 Polish mercenaries, 20 armored battle vehicles, and eight Grad multiple rocket launchers that were destroyed in pinpoint strikes on the Megatex zinc factory in Konstantinovka.
And the mayor of Smolensk, Andrei Borisov, where the Polish flag was taken, corroborated this by declaring that “Polish flags cannot be displayed on Russian monuments.”
Even less so in light of the openly hostile remarks made toward Russia by Polish political leaders.
“The removal of the Polish flag was absolutely the correct move on the part of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation. The memorial at Katyn was erected by the Russians.”
After Lithuania’s announcement that it will prohibit sanctioned items moving from the Russian mainland via its territory to Kaliningrad, tensions between Russia and the West have reached a boiling condition.
As a direct consequence of this situation, Poland has requested assistance from the NATO in the Suwalki Gap, which is the strip of land that divides the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad from Belarus.
During a news conference that took place in Brussels, the Prime Minister of the country, Mateusz Morawiecki, made the following statement: “We are going to pursue the reinforcement of this corridor… in our talks with our allies from NATO.”
It comes after authorities in Lithuania announced the previous week that commodities that are subject to EU sanctions will no longer be allowed to pass via its territory and make their way to Kaliningrad.
Coal, metals, and cutting-edge technology were among the resources that were restricted.
Anton Alikhanov, the regional governor of Kaliningrad, stated that this prohibition will impact up to half of all commodities that are destined for the small jurisdiction.
According to Stefan Bilas, who resides in the nearby settlement of Rudziszki, in the region, he is sometimes able to hear the Russians.
He stated his thoughts to the Guardian newspaper, saying, “I think about it every day.”
They might show up at any moment. Put us to death when we’re asleep.
“What are my thoughts towards them? I’d best not say.”
Poland, a member of NATO and the European Union, has actively supported Ukraine diplomatically and by supplying it with weaponry.
According to the most recent numbers provided by the United Nations, the country has taken in more than 1.1 million Ukrainian refugees, making it the nation inside the bloc that has provided shelter to the greatest number of them.
The Katyn memorial was built in remembrance of the 25,000 Polish people, the most of whom were military commanders considered to be anti-communist, who were executed by the political police of the Soviet Union in a forest close to Smolensk in 1940 on Joseph Stalin’s orders.
For a long time, the Soviet Union denied responsibility for the killings and blamed the Nazis for the atrocity. It wasn’t until 1990 that the Soviet Union finally admitted the reality.
As a result of the incident, relations between Russia and Poland deteriorated.
In 2010, a jet that was headed to Smolensk and carrying the Polish president crashed, taking the lives of all 96 passengers on board. After both countries made efforts to restore their relations, the inquiry into the incident became an additional cause of stress between them.