Poland-Ukraine. What means this symbolic day?

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GEOMETR.IT  112.international  02.12.2016

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko will pay an official visit to Poland on December 2 of this year. It is reported by the press service of the Head of State.

«The visit will take place at the invitation of the President of Poland Andrzej Duda and timed to coincide with the 25th anniversary of Poland’s recognition of Ukrainian independence», reads the report.

The program of the visit includes meetings with the President of Poland Andrzej Duda, Prime Minister Beata Szydlow, Marshal of the Sejm Marek Kuhtsinsky and Marshal of the Senate Stanislav Karchevsky.

Recall, the President of Poland Andrzej Duda invited his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko to visit Warsaw on December 2 at the time of his visit to Kyiv on August 24. The Polish President said that December 2 is a symbolic day on which Poland has recognized Ukrainian independence.

Related: Poland to sue Ukraine for damages on former Polish territories

Poland prepared first two suits for courts in Lviv and Ternopil on restitution — the requirement to compensate the Polish real estate owners’ descendants the damages caused on the territory that now belongs to Ukraine. This was written in the Polish newspaper Prawica.

Two other claims will follow, which will be sent to Kyiv and Kharkiv, the daily writes.

Claims are related to the payment of damages from lost profits due to the confiscation of the production means or the return of property, such as residential buildings, adjoining household buildings or land in Ternopil, Volyn, Rivne, Kharkiv regions and Kyiv.

If it is impossible to return the commodities in physical terms, the plaintiffs intend to return their value in monetary terms.

Earlier it was reported that allegedly nationalists burned Ukrainian flag during Independence March in Warsaw.





  1. Four years ago, Poland was set to become the staging ground for advanced U.S. ballistic missile interceptors. But after the plan collapsed—and seeing defense budgets in the rest of Europe on the decline—Polish political leaders decided they needed their military to fend for itself.

  2. There’s another reason for Poland’s emphasis on defense: a traumatic history. During the lifetimes of some of the country’s political leaders, and certainly during their parents’ lifetimes, Poland had—for a time—ceased to exist.

  3. The views of most Polish politicians at the turn of the twentieth century were based on the conviction that the Polish state should be resurrected within its historical borders where the Ukrainian lands were an organic part of Rzeczpospolita.Representatives of various political circles differed only over how to restore an independent Polish state.

  4. Naturally, ethnic assimilation of the indigenous population into the Polish environment was carried out by economic, political, ideological, cultural, and educational discrimination against Ukrainians. The National Democrats pursued a chauvinist policy of consistent and uncompromising Polonization in Eastern Galicia and Western Volhynia by means of cruel repressions and persecutions.5 In this manner the Endeks calculated that Polish ownership of western Ukraine could be guaranteed forever and Ukrainian aspirations of statehood thwarted.

  5. As we know, Polish territory after World War II was also a battleground in the Ukrainian Insurgent Army’s hopeless struggle for an independent Ukraine. To impose a final solution of the Ukrainian problem and quash the Ukrainian national liberation movement, Polish communists carried out the Vistula Operation.18 Up to 140,000 Ukrainians and their families were made subject to the principle of collective responsibility. They were deported from ethnically Ukrainian regions and scattered over the nine North-Western wojwydstwa (regions) with an eye to their final assimilation. Those deported were placed under so-called administrative supervision and denied the rights to free movement and change of residence. Some of these restrictions remained in force up to the 1970s

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