Polish official: Russia pushes false narrative about Poles fighting in Ukraine

According to a Polish minister, Russia is aiming to paint Poland as a warmonger

editor: Grzegorz Adamczyk
author: tvp.info
Ukrainian soldiers take position during a fight with Russian forces near Maryinka, Donetsk region, Ukraine, Friday, Dec. 23, 2022. (AP Photo/Libkos)

Russian propaganda is continuing the false narrative about mass participation and huge losses incurred by Polish mercenaries engaged in the war in Ukraine, says Stanisław Żaryn, the government’s information security spokesman. 

Żaryn took to Twitter on Monday to highlight how the topic of Polish mercenaries in Ukraine “is a constant element used in propaganda directed at the Russian public.” He argues that the objective is to present Poland as a warmonger. 

He added that this time around, the supposed problem of Polish mercenaries has been commented on by one of the Kremlin’s political commentators, Aleksey Podberyoskin, who proposed that the bodies of Poles taken from the front in Ukraine should be sent to the Polish embassy in Moscow or that a special cemetery should be built on Ukrainian territories occupied by Russia. 

According to Podberyoskin, there are several Polish units in Ukrainian uniforms taking part in the fighting, not just single mercenaries.

According to Żaryn, the false narrative about Polish soldiers fighting in Ukraine is being used to present Poland as a warmonger committed to escalating and prolonging the conflict. 

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