Polish volunteers claim they participated in military actions in Russia’s Belgorod region

The first all-Polish unit within the Ukrainian Armed Forces claims to have been actively involved in raids on Russian territory

editor: Grzegorz Adamczyk
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In this image taken from video released by the Russian Defense Ministry Press Service, damaged armored military vehicles are seen after fighting in Russia's western Belgorod region on Tuesday, May 23, 2023. (Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP)

The Polish Volunteer Corps, currently serving within the Ukrainian Armed Forces, claimed to have participated in military operations in the Belgorod region of Russia alongside Russian volunteers.

The corps shared the reports of their entry into Russian territory on social media.

On May 22, in response to reports of volunteer members of the “Freedom of Russia” Legion entering Russian territory, a statement was released on Telegram confirming the participation of Poles in the military raids.

“The Polish Volunteer Corps took part in fulfilling the combat mission alongside the Russian Volunteer Corps. We share not only the bonds of brotherhood in arms but also personal friendships and camaraderie,” the group posted.

According to the statement, Polish mercenaries were directly involved in combat. They suffered no casualties and successfully completed all assigned tasks.

The post, however, has since been deleted, sparking some confusion and raising questions over its authenticity.

Stanisław Żaryn, the minister coordinator of special services in the Polish government, sought to distance the group from the Polish military, tweeting that the “Polish Volunteer Corps is in no way associated with the Armed Forces of the Republic of Poland or any other institution.”

The Polish Volunteer Corps claims to be the first all-Polish unit within the Ukrainian Armed Forces. Its creation was announced in February, with reports of its first exercises emerging a month later.

According to sources, Polish volunteers are currently engaged in missions alongside the Russian Volunteer Corps and the “Freedom of Russia” Legion. In May, they reported their participation in tasks on the Zaporizhia and Bakhmut fronts.

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