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Boa and rabbit? Or the relationship of Warsaw and Kiev in the year 100 anniversary of the beginning of the Polish-Ukrainian war

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In the 2018 year, 100 is “celebrated” years from the outbreak of hostilities in Galicia between armies and militias of Poland and the so-called Ukrainian People's Republic (UNR). In international historiography, this conflict today is called the Polish-Ukrainian War. This is about the military actions of the 1918-1919 period, the result of which was the victory of Poland over the “independent Ukraine”, which resulted in the division of Ukraine between the Polish, Romanian and Czechoslovak states. Ukraine lost impressive territories in the west, which then returned to it in the Soviet period, called modern Ukrainian ignoramuses from stories "Occupation". This is probably one of the few cases of “occupation” when the republic grew not only economically and demographically, but also territorially.


With what baggage, so to speak, with what rhetoric do Warsaw and Kiev approach to the age-old date of the outbreak of hostilities? In fact, blissful rhetoric is only superficial. Both in Poland and in Ukraine they declare that the period of disagreements has passed, and that commemorating the old feuds in modern times is misbehavior for democratic powers. However, wormholes remain in the very body of interstate Polish-Ukrainian relations, which leads to the emergence of new and new disputes about the problems of common history. It is the situation when the two countries, accustomed to dig into dirty historical linen, got to the bottom of such layers that it would be embarrassing for others to make it public, but not in Warsaw and Kiev.

Take out. Even as endure ...

The centenary of the beginning of the Polish-Ukrainian war is approaching against the backdrop of another scandal that came, as they say, from where they did not wait. Poland, which has officially announced that it has no territorial claims against its neighbors (including Ukraine), is preparing to introduce fleet ships with names that have already raised questions from Ukrainian partners. We are talking about such ships as “Lviv” and “Tarnopol” (“Ternopol”), which are being built at a Chinese shipyard. In addition, the fleet of the Republic of Poland is preparing to receive a ship called Vilno, which has already raised questions from the Lithuanian leadership.

All three names in Poland are sent to the largest cities of the so-called Eastern Kresov - the territory that was part of Poland before the 1939 year. Poland, de jure yet not presenting territorial claims to neighbors, constantly reminds that Lviv, Ternopil, and Vilnius are cities that were once part of the Polish state. No matter what, without hinting ... It reminds me all the time ... Then it will place an old (but freshly printed) card on the transport hub with the Eastern Crests, then it will take the initiative to print the Vilnius Holy Gates (Ostra Brama) on Polish passports.

In the meantime, the Polish Shipping Company said they did not understand the negative that manifested itself in Lithuania and Ukraine after they learned about the names of the new Polish ships. The statement of the head of the Polish Shipping Company Pavel Brzezitsky reads as follows:
Our desire is to name ships by the names of former Polish cities on the eastern borderland. For residents of Szczecin and the rest of Western Poland, these will be beautiful and nostalgic names.


Boa and rabbit? Or the relationship of Warsaw and Kiev in the year 100 anniversary of the beginning of the Polish-Ukrainian war


Formally - there is nothing wrong with the names, it seems, and no. But in fact, the root of the problems is much deeper than just the names. It is clear that Ukraine, in the event of the appearance of the ship Lviv in Poland, can name something from its non-existent fleet (“mosquito”?) As if in retaliation — and at least “Furious Bandera”. The root of the problem is that these reciprocal injections can go on indefinitely. And it seems that Ukraine is already “tse Europe”, and Poland is there, but many are well aware that in reality there is a real gulf between these two countries, at the bottom of which sharp stones are precisely historical claims to each other.


Poland (1920-30's)


During the existence of the USSR and the Warsaw Pact, this gulf was absent by definition. Now Poland with the 12 billion-dollar (in dollars) military budget understands that at some point it will have to pay its debts to the EU, becoming also a donor for the poorest countries of the European Union. With the departure of Britain from the EU, the financial role of Poland will be all the more revised, to which Germany will also have a hand, which clearly does not feel a sense of euphoria because it alone needs to “drag” the EU further.

Poland, while keeping in mind its new financial status in the European Union, is not going to play the role of a European silence and an adherent of the inviolability of the post-war borders. Against the backdrop of the fact that in Brussels, the Ukrainian authorities are increasingly blaming for the lack of steps to combat corruption and to carry out economic reforms, the current Polish authorities are unlikely to give up the idea of ​​using their chance.

No, the speech is not necessarily about a military invasion of the Ukrainian west with the purpose of the physical separation of the part that was previously called the Eastern Kresy. Speech at least about the desire to economically warm hands on the fact that Ukraine remains an asset at the western borders. And this, for example, the coal industry (Lviv mines one of the few in Ukraine, which give an increase in production in recent years). This is the Ukrainian forest, which is de jure time forbidden to export "round timber" abroad.

Ukrainian authorities are well aware of this. But now they are not in the mood for building long-term and partnership relations with Poland - especially after these same Ukrainian authorities "laid down" under Bandera. Kiev “elites” live for one day - preparing the ground for themselves so that at the time of time X simply, excuse me, dump them into a safe haven with stolen good. Poland for them this harbor just will not. But the new economic harbor for Poland is becoming the same Western Ukraine, where more than a third of the business is already with Polish participation. At least participation. As a maximum - with the Polish possession.

That is why it can be assumed that there will be no progress in the Polish-Ukrainian relations in the near future. Some will continue robbing their last assets by oligarchs, others will have phantom pains about the status of Lviv, Volyn, etc. By and large, one country today looks at the other as a predator on the victim, drawing pictures of which dish will look more appetizing. Well, for partners from the United States, an additional center of instability near the Russian borders is another reason to move the infrastructure east with cries of the need to sow peace and democracy.
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  1. Olgovich
    Olgovich 19 January 2018 07: 01
    +1
    War on the wreckage of Empires
    1. andj61
      andj61 19 January 2018 08: 53
      +7
      Quote: Olgovich
      War on the wreckage of Empires

      This is a cartographic war. Similarly, many countries “fight” - China against almost ALL of its neighbors, including Russia, Latvia - against Russia, India - against Pakistan, Vietnam - against China and the Philippines; Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan are against each other. Everyone has long known about the Caucasian Knot.
      Poland still suffers from the phantom pains of a failed empire - in the 16th century, it was the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth that could become a crystallizer of Slavic lands instead of the Grand Duchy of Moscow, but “couldn’t.” They began to plant Catholicism among the population of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, which laid a mine under the very existence of the state. And instead of the great Poland, from “mozh to mozh” - that is, from the Black Sea to the Baltic Sea for more than 100 years, Poland completely disappeared from the world map, being divided between the three empires. But for some reason not Austria-Hungary or Germany is considered guilty, but exclusively Russia! After all, only Russia put an end to this Poland from sea to sea. And the Poles, especially politicians, still blame Russia for all their troubles. And with the collapse of the USSR, they cherish the dream of incrementing their own territory. hi
    2. siberalt
      siberalt 19 January 2018 11: 34
      +1
      We’ll see who the fragments of a collapsed Ukraine will ask for. winked It goes to that.
      1. Normal ok
        Normal ok 19 January 2018 19: 36
        0
        Quote: siberalt
        We’ll see who the fragments of a collapsed Ukraine will ask for. winked It goes to that.

        I, this mantra, have been reading VN for the 4 year already. Rather, Meehan will die than wait for execution.
        1. siberalt
          siberalt 19 January 2018 19: 39
          0
          Do not even think! Meehan is immortal. belay He is resurrected after "deadly bans" by an ordinary or a general.
  2. Pavil144
    Pavil144 19 January 2018 07: 22
    +2
    Let them bite us, then what?
  3. Antianglosax
    Antianglosax 19 January 2018 07: 59
    +4
    That one, that the other, one end.
  4. BAI
    BAI 19 January 2018 10: 09
    +2
    Let each other bite as much as possible.
  5. Antonio_Mariarti
    Antonio_Mariarti 19 January 2018 10: 44
    +1
    Poland definitely wants to regain the land, but why does it need them? Will she be able to contain them? Population retrain into Polish?
    1. Kot_Kuzya
      Kot_Kuzya 19 January 2018 11: 57
      +1
      The Poles will simply declare Ukrainians non-citizens, and that’s all. These non-citizens will no longer have voting rights and the right to be elected. The experience of Latvia and Estonia already exists. And those Ukrainians who want to become citizens of Poland will be forced to learn the Polish language and show their full loyalty to the Polish authorities.
      1. gavrila2984
        gavrila2984 20 January 2018 00: 53
        +1
        show your full loyalty to the Polish authorities.
        Do KU! Twice
  6. Kot_Kuzya
    Kot_Kuzya 19 January 2018 11: 59
    0
    Yes, let them bite. The more they bite, the better for us. Poland and Ukraine - two boots of steam.
  7. Rusland
    Rusland 19 January 2018 15: 27
    +8
    Two American bitch daughters, one for us, the other for Europe.
  8. Normal ok
    Normal ok 19 January 2018 19: 34
    +1
    The new economic harbor for Poland is the very Western Ukraine, where already more than a third of business is with Polish participation.

    Afiget-do not get up. Direct investment - something the Russian government is fighting for, for example - is evil! If you argue like that, then down with the German factories from Russia, this is the hidden aggression of former enemies.
  9. Fitter65
    Fitter65 19 January 2018 20: 18
    0
    Our desire is to name ships by the names of former Polish cities on the eastern borderland. For residents of Szczecin and the rest of Western Poland, these will be beautiful and nostalgic names.

    Especially when you consider that the Polish cities became former in 1939, and Western Poland-Eastern Pomerania became after 1945, and Szczecin in general in 1955 ... Normal nostalgia ... I am now tormented by nastalgia for the Paris BISTRO ... After all, this is still mine great-grandfather ........ the great-grandfather advised the French to move so ...
  10. Antares
    Antares 21 January 2018 01: 05
    0
    Lovely scolding only amuse. With the departure of the Russian Federation from the region, Poland is rapidly occupying a place.
    As for the names, but what does the Poles mean ... If in Russia the ship / ship is called Poltava (which is basically the historical name of the ships in the Republic of Ingushetia), is this a phantom pain for the lost or in honor of the battle of the Northern War?
    So is Lviv. There, by the way, the Cossack army stumbled 2 times. Two times Lviv failed to take. Even the hops. The defense of Polish Lviv was well organized. Why is there no way to express this historically?
    I do not see anything shameful, even if they call Kiev.
    As for relations, Ukraine, Poland is all family. Squabbles, scandals, help, patronage, guided and leading, etc. ... I repeat Poland is rapidly occupying the position of the Russian Federation in the region. As for the interests of the Russian Federation, they are not and were not, judging by the actions.