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Expert: Ukraine getting ready for political conflict with Poland

The Ukrainian Supreme Rada is seriously getting ready for a political confrontation with Poland, after the latter passed a package of amendments to the Act on the Institute of National Remembrance prohibiting dissemination of the “Bandera ideology,” former communications officer of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry Oleg Voloshin rights in his blog. According to Voloshin, the Ukrainian parliament is going to enter a political confrontation with Poland “with all that stupidity inherent in that part of MPs who are playing the nationalistic card.”

At the same time, he reminds that the same people were recently insisting they were well grounded in history. “Leadership of the Ukrainian National Republic were not insane, actually. They just preferred to be playing with revolutionary masses instead of following the common sense,” Voloshin writes in his Facebook account.

On the night of February 1, the upper chamber of the Polish parliament, the Senate, passed a package of amendments to the Act on the Institute of National Remembrance. The amendments suppose criminal sanctions for propagating ideology of the Ukrainian nationalists, rejecting the fact of the Volhynia Massacre and claims that Poles were assisting Nazis in World War II.

On February 2, the Ukrainian Supreme Rada deprecated the anti-Bandera amendment saying it was “a stab in the back” from the Polish lawmakers.

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