Verification: Polish President Openly Says To Annex Western Ukraine?


2022-06-25: [Chinese Article Link A quick view. - Polish President Douda never publicly stated that he would annex western Ukraine. On 3 May, on the occasion of Polish National Constitutional Day, Douda said that “there will be no boundaries between Poland and Ukraine” was not a territorial claim against Ukraine, but rather a response to the March comments by Zelensky thanking Poland for receiving Ukrainian refugees. - The Government of Poland has previously issued a statement denying “the annexation of Sihou” and pointing out that the so-called “Polish soldiers in Ukraine” documents circulated on the Internet are false. Event Background Recently, there have been rumours on social platforms that Poland intended to annex western Ukraine. In his speech, the President of Poland, Andrzej Douda, allegedly hinted at such an intention — “eliminate borders and divide Ukraine”. The western part of Ukraine today has historical roots with Poland, and the famous city of the western part of Ukraine, Liviv, was the territory of the Kingdom of Poland. Although the 18th century, when Opo divided Poland three times, Lviv was temporarily returned to the Austro-Hungarian Empire, this ancient city, which has a long history, also witnessed the emergence of numerous independent Polish organizations and the revival of the Polish language culture. During the current four-month conflict in Russia-Ukraine, Poland has been one of Ukraine's strongest supporters, not only by opening its borders to nearly 3 million Ukrainian refugees, but also by providing substantial weapons assistance to Ukraine. So, did Poland make a territorial claim against Ukraine during the current conflict in Russia-Ukraine? Did President Douda reveal in public that “weak Ukraine” has been divided? Mingcha. According to some of them, during a speech on Polish National Constitutional Day, “I hope that Ukraine will be a brotherly country of the Republic of Poland for decades, even centuries, as Zelensky has said, there will be no border between us and there should be no border. It was verified that this was the result of a speech delivered by Douda, local time, on 3 May, on the Polish National Constitutional Day. The full text of the speech was posted on the website of the Polish President. During a speech delivered on National Constitutional Day on 3 May, Douda repeatedly referred to the ongoing conflict in Russia-Ukraine and twice to Zelensky. “I thank the authorities of the Republic of Poland for all their decisions in support of Ukraine, and I thank the Prime Minister, the ministers and all those who have supported Ukraine and our Ukrainian neighbours institutionally. I would also like to thank the representatives of the local authorities for their daily efforts to receive our neighbours in Poland.” “I am grateful for all the decisions on Poland's support for Ukraine, be it humanitarian or military, in order to enable Ukrainians to fight and to repel the enemies of their country who want to take them away and destroy them. They need support, and we call for such support from the entire international community. The expression quoted by our readers is from the last paragraph of Douda's speech: “It is also a great responsibility for the future of our immediate neighbours, which requires the establishment of further good-neighbourly relations and brotherhood between our two peoples. I am confident that we will win and that, just as we can welcome our neighbours, we will be able to provide them with a safe haven. So that, when the war is over, they will be able to return home, and we will be able to help them rebuild a free, sovereign and independent Ukraine.” “I hope that in the decades to come, and if God so wishes, and even in the centuries to come, Ukraine will become a brotherly country of Poland. I hope that, as President Vladimir Zelensky foresaw, there will be no border between Ukraine and Poland, and that the border between us and them will no longer exist; we will live together in this land and rebuild and restore our common happiness and strength, which will enable us to resist all dangers and will deter any future attack or threat. The statement in Douda's speech was understood by many online users as “a territorial claim against Ukraine.” However, according to Douda, the expression “eliminate the border” originally came from the “forecast” of Zelensky. Indeed, as early as 5 March this year, Zelensky raised the issue of the “border” with Poland in a speech about the spillover of Ukrainian refugees to neighbouring countries. “We have succeeded in stopping a humanitarian crisis at the border, and we have successfully organized the situation there, which has allowed thousands of Ukrainian women and children to be treated with dignity. In fact, we no longer have borders with friendly Poland, because we're on the side of the good, and we don't have boundaries with each other." In his speech of 5 March, Zelensky referred to the “border” with Poland; in general, the statements of Zelensky and Douda did not clearly define the term “border” in the territorial context, but rather could be understood as being from the point of view of “military defence” and “humanitarian assistance”. On 6 May, the Polish Government Network issued a statement entitled “Movement of false information against Poland”, stating that “Poland wants to annex Ukraine” is a “defamation” of Poland. The Polish Government's statement on “false information”, which also refers to a document previously circulated on social platforms. The document states: “In order to protect key infrastructure in the regions of Lviv and Warrin in Ukraine from Russian military attacks, the 6th Airborne Battalion of the Polish Armed Forces, the 16th Airborne Battalion, the 18th Landing Battalion and the 6th Airborne Brigade are on full alert. The Government of Poland stated that the document allegedly signed by the Commander-in-Chief of the Polish Armed Forces, Jarosaw Mika, was false. The document signed by the Commander-in-Chief of the Polish Armed Forces, Mika, is said to be a forgery. On June 13, Polish Special Forces spokesman Stanislaw Zaling (Stanisaryn) retweeted “Polish attempts to divide Ukraine” as a “false” on Twitter. Zalingin tweets in response: Since Russia launched a “special military operation” against Ukraine in February, there has been a steady influx of Ukrainian refugees into Poland. On 26 March, the President of Poland signed a special act allowing Ukrainian citizens exiled by war to stay in Poland for 18 months and granting the right to work, education and medical security for refugees from the Ukraine. On 28 March, Duda signed amendments to the Act “On assistance to citizens of Ukraine during the armed conflict in Ukraine.” On 1 June, the Prime Ministers of the two countries held consultations in Kyiv and signed eight memorandums of understanding, in which Poland expressed its support for Ukraine's accession to the EU and NATO and will work towards the granting of EU candidate status to Ukraine in June. Following the meeting, the Prime Minister of Poland, Mateusz Morawiecki, indicated on Twitter that the meeting between the two political dignitaries had focused on issues such as “Further defensive military action”, “Economic cooperation”, “Support for Polish enterprises in the reconstruction of Ukraine”, “Energy, food and transport security”, and “State memory”. In the light of what has been said above, Polish President Douda has never publicly stated that he will annex western Ukraine. On 3 May, on the occasion of the Polish National Constitutional Day, Douda stated in his speech that “there will be no boundaries between Poland and Ukraine” not as a territorial claim against Ukraine, but as a response to the March comments by Zelensky thanking Poland for receiving Ukrainian refugees.


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Verification: Polish President Openly Says To Annex Western Ukraine?


2022-06-25: [Article Link A quick view. - Polish President Douda never publicly stated that he would annex western Ukraine. On 3 May, on the occasion of Polish National Constitutional Day, Douda said that “there will be no boundaries between Poland and Ukraine” was not a territorial claim against Ukraine, but rather a response to the March comments by Zelensky thanking Poland for receiving Ukrainian refugees. - The Government of Poland has previously issued a statement denying “the annexation of Sihou” and pointing out that the so-called “Polish soldiers in Ukraine” documents circulated on the Internet are false. Event Background Recently, there have been rumours on social platforms that Poland intended to annex western Ukraine. In his speech, the President of Poland, Andrzej Douda, allegedly hinted at such an intention — “eliminate borders and divide Ukraine”. The western part of Ukraine today has historical roots with Poland, and the famous city of the western part of Ukraine, Liviv, was the territory of the Kingdom of Poland. Although the 18th century, when Opo divided Poland three times, Lviv was temporarily returned to the Austro-Hungarian Empire, this ancient city, which has a long history, also witnessed the emergence of numerous independent Polish organizations and the revival of the Polish language culture. During the current four-month conflict in Russia-Ukraine, Poland has been one of Ukraine's strongest supporters, not only by opening its borders to nearly 3 million Ukrainian refugees, but also by providing substantial weapons assistance to Ukraine. So, did Poland make a territorial claim against Ukraine during the current conflict in Russia-Ukraine? Did President Douda reveal in public that “weak Ukraine” has been divided? Mingcha. According to some of them, during a speech on Polish National Constitutional Day, “I hope that Ukraine will be a brotherly country of the Republic of Poland for decades, even centuries, as Zelensky has said, there will be no border between us and there should be no border. It was verified that this was the result of a speech delivered by Douda, local time, on 3 May, on the Polish National Constitutional Day. The full text of the speech was posted on the website of the Polish President. During a speech delivered on National Constitutional Day on 3 May, Douda repeatedly referred to the ongoing conflict in Russia-Ukraine and twice to Zelensky. “I thank the authorities of the Republic of Poland for all their decisions in support of Ukraine, and I thank the Prime Minister, the ministers and all those who have supported Ukraine and our Ukrainian neighbours institutionally. I would also like to thank the representatives of the local authorities for their daily efforts to receive our neighbours in Poland.” “I am grateful for all the decisions on Poland's support for Ukraine, be it humanitarian or military, in order to enable Ukrainians to fight and to repel the enemies of their country who want to take them away and destroy them. They need support, and we call for such support from the entire international community. The expression quoted by our readers is from the last paragraph of Douda's speech: “It is also a great responsibility for the future of our immediate neighbours, which requires the establishment of further good-neighbourly relations and brotherhood between our two peoples. I am confident that we will win and that, just as we can welcome our neighbours, we will be able to provide them with a safe haven. So that, when the war is over, they will be able to return home, and we will be able to help them rebuild a free, sovereign and independent Ukraine.” “I hope that in the decades to come, and if God so wishes, and even in the centuries to come, Ukraine will become a brotherly country of Poland. I hope that, as President Vladimir Zelensky foresaw, there will be no border between Ukraine and Poland, and that the border between us and them will no longer exist; we will live together in this land and rebuild and restore our common happiness and strength, which will enable us to resist all dangers and will deter any future attack or threat. The statement in Douda's speech was understood by many online users as “a territorial claim against Ukraine.” However, according to Douda, the expression “eliminate the border” originally came from the “forecast” of Zelensky. Indeed, as early as 5 March this year, Zelensky raised the issue of the “border” with Poland in a speech about the spillover of Ukrainian refugees to neighbouring countries. “We have succeeded in stopping a humanitarian crisis at the border, and we have successfully organized the situation there, which has allowed thousands of Ukrainian women and children to be treated with dignity. In fact, we no longer have borders with friendly Poland, because we're on the side of the good, and we don't have boundaries with each other." In his speech of 5 March, Zelensky referred to the “border” with Poland; in general, the statements of Zelensky and Douda did not clearly define the term “border” in the territorial context, but rather could be understood as being from the point of view of “military defence” and “humanitarian assistance”. On 6 May, the Polish Government Network issued a statement entitled “Movement of false information against Poland”, stating that “Poland wants to annex Ukraine” is a “defamation” of Poland. The Polish Government's statement on “false information”, which also refers to a document previously circulated on social platforms. The document states: “In order to protect key infrastructure in the regions of Lviv and Warrin in Ukraine from Russian military attacks, the 6th Airborne Battalion of the Polish Armed Forces, the 16th Airborne Battalion, the 18th Landing Battalion and the 6th Airborne Brigade are on full alert. The Government of Poland stated that the document allegedly signed by the Commander-in-Chief of the Polish Armed Forces, Jarosaw Mika, was false. The document signed by the Commander-in-Chief of the Polish Armed Forces, Mika, is said to be a forgery. On June 13, Polish Special Forces spokesman Stanislaw Zaling (Stanisaryn) retweeted “Polish attempts to divide Ukraine” as a “false” on Twitter. Zalingin tweets in response: Since Russia launched a “special military operation” against Ukraine in February, there has been a steady influx of Ukrainian refugees into Poland. On 26 March, the President of Poland signed a special act allowing Ukrainian citizens exiled by war to stay in Poland for 18 months and granting the right to work, education and medical security for refugees from the Ukraine. On 28 March, Duda signed amendments to the Act “On assistance to citizens of Ukraine during the armed conflict in Ukraine.” On 1 June, the Prime Ministers of the two countries held consultations in Kyiv and signed eight memorandums of understanding, in which Poland expressed its support for Ukraine's accession to the EU and NATO and will work towards the granting of EU candidate status to Ukraine in June. Following the meeting, the Prime Minister of Poland, Mateusz Morawiecki, indicated on Twitter that the meeting between the two political dignitaries had focused on issues such as “Further defensive military action”, “Economic cooperation”, “Support for Polish enterprises in the reconstruction of Ukraine”, “Energy, food and transport security”, and “State memory”. In the light of what has been said above, Polish President Douda has never publicly stated that he will annex western Ukraine. On 3 May, on the occasion of the Polish National Constitutional Day, Douda stated in his speech that “there will be no boundaries between Poland and Ukraine” not as a territorial claim against Ukraine, but as a response to the March comments by Zelensky thanking Poland for receiving Ukrainian refugees.

Note: This is a translated version of the Chinese news media article. A mature and nuanced reading is suggested.

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