Are We Assertive Enough?

The tragedy in Przewodów and the death of two Polish citizens clearly showed the scale of problems in bilateral relations between Poland and Ukraine.

Poland and Ukraine (Source: Wikipedia)

Despite the passage of time and the evidence coming from the US and Polish intelligence data, which clearly show that the rocket that caused the death of Poles was launched from the Ukrainian territory, rather than Russian territory, the Ukrainian side — despite partially softening its position — still insists that it is not it was a Ukrainian rocket, but Russian.

Since the Russian attack on Ukraine, Poland has been helping Ukraine in three main areas:

  • Political
    Diplomatic relations between Poland and Ukraine were established on January 4, 1992, and since then Poland has uncritically supported Ukraine's diplomatic efforts to support the country's sovereignty.

  • Military
    Poland supplies military equipment and is the third country in the world in terms of the amount of military aid provided to Ukraine. The government in Warsaw has already pledged $1.81 billion in support to Kiev, according to an analysis published by the BBC.

  • Humanitarian
    In terms of aid, Poland has been at the forefront of those donating the most (PLN 2.94 billion, USD 650 million) from the very beginning . Poles took into their homes — rather than refugee camps — Ukrainian women and children. In the first half of 2022, over 70 percent. of Polish households were involved in helping refugees. Since February 24, i.e. since the beginning of Russia's aggression, over 7.88 million refugees from Ukraine have crossed the Polish-Ukrainian border, according to the Border Guard. The Polish government spent PLN 5.5 billion ($1.2 billion) to help refugees from Ukraine.

What shocks Poles is the fact that no word was uttered from the Ukrainian side regarding the tragedy in Przewodów, for example "sorry".

On the contrary, at the same time Andriy Melnyk became the new Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, which causes great irritation among the entire Polish community, also overseas. Melnyk is notorious for his statements to the Western media saying that Bandera was not a mass murderer and Ukrainians were persecuted in the Second Polish Republic "in a way that is hard to imagine". He said that Poland was for Ukrainians at that time "the same enemy as Nazi Germany and the USSR".

It is worth asking the question: in view of the intricate work of the Polish presidential center on bringing about a historic neighborly treaty between Ukraine and Poland (which is supposed to resemble the agreement concluded by France and Germany in 1963), are Ukrainian movements reminiscent of an elephant in a china shop? Or is it a deliberate stiffening of the Ukrainian negotiating position?

I am writing this text from overseas, in keeping up the interest in Polish politics. I direct this question to the Polish political class.

Maybe it is worth to clearly communicate to the Ukrainian side before the negotiations that the victims of the Volhynia massacre must be commemorated by — at least — placing a cross on the forgotten graves of Poles before the treaty is signed?

Are we assertive enough in all these diplomatic relations? Let's stop being "servants of Ukraine", let's become an assertive party expressing the Polish raison d'état in these talks.

It is high time to unite all political, economic and military resources around building a strategy leading to the elevation of national security to the level of Poland's key priority. Poland has not yet been able to develop a national long-term strategy for development and national security.


July 11, 2023 marks the 80th anniversary of the culmination of the Ukrainian genocide against Poles living in the Eastern Borderlands of the Second Polish Republic. The truth about these events has recently, but with difficulty, penetrated into the public consciousness.


The war in Ukraine and the sense of threat made Polish diplomacy more active. The nations of the eastern flank behave in a similar way, and the accession of Finland and Sweden to NATO only confirms the fact that we are not alone in our assessments when it comes to the threat of aggression from imperialist Russia.


An attack against one is an attack against all. It’s a sacred oath. A sacred oath to defend every inch of NATO territory.


There are as many as 20 million people in the world who are proud of their Polish origin. All these people are a huge potential that needs to be harnessed to serve Poland in the world and help create a modern image of Poland, Polish culture, science, art, and economy. It's time for this message to reach the Polish and Polish-diaspora elites. This potential can not only help strategically support Polish interests, but also help change the image of Poland.

The Turning Point
Waldemar Biniecki

Germany, not wanting to allow any alternative geostrategic project to be created in the eastern part of Europe, is successively blocking the flow of funds to Poland to prevent the construction of a competing construct: North-South.


"Business Retreats and Sanctions Are Crippling the Russian Economy " — is the title of a study by Jeffrey A. Sonnenfeld and his team at the Yale Chief Executive Leadership Institute at Yale University, which has just been published but hardly noticed by the mainstream media somehow.

Waldemar Biniecki

Central and Eastern European countries want to strengthen NATO's eastern flank, they want a project to build a North-South infrastructure. Building strength means a strong army and a strong economy. So let's focus on these priorities.


The balance of power in the world is changing. The price of a barrel of oil exceeds USD 120. Inflation in many countries has gone beyond the magical 10%, the high prices are starting to bother many households. Central and Eastern Europe is also changing before our eyes. There is a devastating war going on in Eastern Europe.


I have been to Poland for the last week. I meet many Ukrainians in the streets. In restaurants and shops, I am served by excellent-Polish-speaking Ukrainians. It is important to talk about how Poles opened their hearts to their neighbors.