Destroyed Russian tanks on display in Warsaw

By Grzegorz Adamczyk
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People can now visit an exhibition in the center of the Polish capital of Warsaw where Russian tanks destroyed on the battlefields of northern Ukraine are on display, with the exhibit seen as a goodwill gesture from Ukraine.

“This exhibition proves that Russians can be defeated,” Michał Dworczyk, the head of the chancellery of the prime minister of Poland, told reporters. He stressed that if not for Kyiv’s resistance, the tanks that are now on display would instead very likely be on the Polish border.

“Today, Russian barbarians ruthlessly murder not only the defenders of Ukraine, but civilians as well. We have seen it in Bucha, Sievierodonetsk and other Ukrainian cities,” said Dworczyk.

He added that the title of the display “For your freedom and ours” does refer to a historic Polish motto, but is now very up to date.

“Today, Ukrainian soldiers defend not only their homeland in Ukraine, they also defend the security of Poland and all of Europe,” said Dworczyk.

People visit an open-air exhibition of damaged and burnt-out Russian tanks and armored vehicles at the Castle Square, in Warsaw, Poland, Monday, June 27, 2022. The vehicles were captured by Ukrainian military forces during the war in Ukraine. Ukrainian authorities announced that there are plans for similar exhibits in other European capitals such as Berlin, Paris, Madrid, and Lisbon. (AP Photo/Michal Dyjuk)

The minister said that without Ukraine’s heroic resistance, determination, and the courage of its soldiers, volunteers and regular civilians, Russia would likely be directly threatening Poland. Dworczyk also thanked the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense for its initiative to transport Russian tank wrecks to the Polish capital city in the form of an exhibition.

Ukrainian Deputy Minister of Defense Hanna Malara thanked “every Polish citizen and the government for support, for taking care of our children and women, and aiding our soldiers at the front.” During the four months of the war, she added that the Ukrainian army destroyed around 10,000 pieces of Russian military hardware.

“For European society, it is hard to grasp the amount of steel and fire that Ukraine resists,” she said.

The information of the exhibition is displayed in three languages: Polish, Ukrainian, and English. It will be displayed in Warsaw until July 6, before embarking on a tour of other Polish cities.

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