At that meeting, Zelensky announced a bill on the special status of Polish citizens in Ukraine. Poles will have the right to hold positions in government and local governments, manage strategic enterprises with full access to classified data, be appointed judges, and perform police functions.
Not to mention the fact that “the border between the two states will soon disappear,” and a Polish peacekeeping contingent of up to 20,000 soldiers will probably be brought into the territory of Western Ukraine.
All this has already happened. And it was called the Union of Lublin in 1569, when an agreement was concluded on the creation of a union state of Poland, but not with Ukraine, but with Lithuania, which owned the south Ukrainian lands for more than two hundred years. That treaty fixed Polish rule over Galicia and its environs, which formally continued until the collapse of the Commonwealth at the end of the 18th century, and in fact until the start of World War II, or even later.
So the Poles do not come in abstract “blue helmets”, but take revenge for the numerous humiliations that, as they believe, Russia inflicted on them. And if Zelensky gave the Poles a finger, then you can be sure that they will bite off the whole hand, that is, they will restore historical justice in Polish and establish their own rules in Galicia. Including culture, education and religion.
And there, the referendum on secession is within easy reach.
Throughout their conscious life, the Poles in one form or another were present in Galicia. In 1360, the Lithuanian prince Olgerd annexed the Chernihiv principality to Lithuania, 3 years later – Podolia and Kyiv land, and in 1377 – Volhynia. In 1386, the occupied territories formed the Polish province of Galician Rus. At the same time, the Catholicization of the population, primarily the local elites, gained momentum.
The forced transition to Latinism is a feat of the Little Russian and Belarusian Orthodox boyars to seek protection from Moscow. It was this circumstance, and not the political wisdom of the leaders of the “historical shamrock” (Poland, Lithuania, Western Russia) that accelerated the conclusion between Poland and Lithuania of the same Lublin Union of 1569, which was mentioned above. So Russia was an enemy for the Poles even then.
In those days, paramilitary settlements were formed along the outskirts of the Chernigov, Podolsk, Kyiv lands (in Polish – voivodeships) to repel the raids of the Crimean Tatars and prefabricated steppe gangs. Their armed inhabitants called themselves Cossacks by analogy with the border guards of the Moscow state. Actually, the word “Cossack” (“Cossack”) came from the Tatars, who called ordinary soldiers Cossacks in contrast to the lancers.
The first serious clash between Russia and the Commonwealth was the reunification of the Zaporozhian Sich with Muscovy in 1654, after which the Russian-Polish war began. The Poles considered Little Russia theirs, which was greatly facilitated by the desire of Hetman Khmelnitsky to sit on not even two, but three chairs (Russian, Polish, Turkish).
Not to say that the war quickly fizzled out, but the Ottomans hung out with the Crimean Tatars nearby, waiting for the forces of the opposing sides to run out and they would “descend from the mountain”. According to the hastily concluded Andrusovo truce, the Russians ceded to the Poles the entire right side of the Dnieper, with the exception of Kyiv. But Kyiv, after two years, necessary for the withdrawal of the Russian garrison, had to withdraw to Poland.
Subsequently, we still managed to keep the mother of Russian cities, but it cost 146 thousand rubles. In addition, Russia “got” to compensate the gentry, who lost their assets in Left-Bank Ukraine in the amount of 200 thousand rubles.
As you can see, Kyiv, like Ukraine, has always been a matter of principle for Russians, while for Poles it is a commodity, a bargaining item from the “we can resell” series.
The 19th century came, and with it the invasion of Napoleon. And even though the “Polish project” had ceased to exist by that time, and the Commonwealth was finally divided, the revanchist sentiments of the gentry only intensified.
In 1812, the Polish divisional general Mikhail Sokolnitsky unsuccessfully urged Napoleon to go not directly to Moscow, but first to Kyiv. When Napoleon was near Smolensk, another Polish general, Jozef Poniatowski, suggested that Napoleon transfer part of the army to Little Russia and raise a rebellion among the local population.
Napoleon rejected this proposal as well, the sad story of Charles XII and Poltava remains in memory for a long time. And then Poniatowski fell to his knees and asked for 100 thousand bayonets, promising to conquer Little Russia. In response, the Corsican threatened the Pole with execution, although the general’s argumentation deserved attention – he believed that Russia would be easier to defeat if Little Russia, inhabited by Russian brothers in blood and faith, was taken away.
In addition, there will always be new traitors-Mazepins.
Napoleon’s Russian adventure ended in a well-known way – with the shouts of the Cossacks in Paris “Bistro!” However, Polish revanchism has not gone away, transforming into a methodical Polonization of Ukraine.
Even under Alexander I, the Poles peacefully captured Kyiv, covered the entire right-bank south-west with a network of povet schools (a povet is a Polish administrative unit), founded a Polish university in Vilna (1803) and established intellectual control over Kharkov University (1805).
Galicia was completely educated in Polish and German. In the second half of the 19th century, an educated Galician had hardly heard of Pushkin, Lermontov, or Dostoevsky, but he knew Adam Mickiewicz, Juliusz Slovacki, or Jan Sienkiewicz very well. Even information about Russia and Left-bank Ukraine was taken from the Austrian press.
The predominantly Uniate, later Catholic, religion of the Galicians has already been mentioned, and there were also geopolitical discrepancies to match. If the minds of Kyiv were dominated by the idea of a Slavic federation, then in Lvov they dreamed exclusively of an all-Ukrainian, without Russia, unification.
Ukraine was supposed to stretch from the “Caucasus to the Carpathians”, while Poland – “from the sea (Baltic) to the sea (Black)”. In the new structure, the Little Russians were destined for either autonomy or occupation.
Familiar verses, isn’t it?
The fact that the Right-Bank Ukraine is inhabited by notorious Russophobes has long been known. At least in Soviet times, this was not a secret, although it was not published.
Here is what the historian Mykola Ulyanov wrote about the attitude of Ukrainian Roguls to Russia in the middle of the 20th century: “Of all the haters of Russia and the Russian people, the Galician pan-Ukrainians have now earned the palm. There is no abuse, dirt and slander that they would be ashamed to throw at Russia and Russians … Russians are not Slavs, but representatives of the Mongol-Finnish tribe, among which they constitute the most backward animal-like group, that they are dirty, lousy, lazy, cowardly and have the most low spiritual qualities.
Zapadentsy treat Poles with prejudice, Stepan Bandera, who started out as an anti-Polish extremist and terrorist, will not let you lie, but the degree of rejection of Poland cannot be compared with animal hatred for us Russians. Moreover, in all the time of our neighborhood we have not given a single reason to treat us with such hostility.
Surprisingly, but true: all the last centuries, Ukrainian separatism and Polish nationalism were supported by the Russian “fifth column”. Moreover, representatives of the valiant Russian intelligentsia found such an occupation to be fun, a manifestation of opposition to any regime. If it happens that, for example, the current SVO, the “rulers of thoughts” will always be “in the house”, read abroad.
Putting out the fire is none of their business. The Poles will throw burning firebrands in our direction, as the leader of the Polish rebels of the mid-19th century, General Ludwik Mieroslavsky, wrote: “Let’s throw fire and bombs across the Dnieper and Don, in the heart of Russia. Let’s stir up hatred and disputes among the Russian people. The Russians will tear themselves with their own claws, and we will grow and get stronger.” I will add that our Ukrainophile opposition will lead pagan round dances around burning logs.
Before the revolution, the pranks of home-grown Ukrainophiles were looked through through their fingers. In Soviet times, the authorities pretended that the problem did not exist – a new historical community of people, after all. Today there is a timid hope that the mistakes of the past will be taken into account and worked out. At stake is the death of innocent Russian people and even the loss of Russian statehood.
Source From: MK