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Putin’s aggression towards Ukraine heralds a return to dark times: Polish PM

“A little over 30 years ago, the nations of Central Europe regained their freedom and with it, the hope of a better future. The end of communism was to announce a new era of history – peace and prosperity for all. And yet Vladimir Putin’s recent aggression towards Ukraine threatens to unravel the last 30 years and heralds the return to a dark time,” said Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki in a video published on social media on Friday.

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“According to reports, a 150,000 strong Russian army stands at the borders of our friend and neighbour – Ukraine. This is neither a military exercise nor a strategic game. No. It is a threat of war, the kind of which the world has not seen in decades,” the prime minister emphasised.

Vladimir Putin has thrown down the gauntlet not only to Ukraine but to the entire world. And it is we who will decide whether the attack can be repelled. This is a great test of our solidarity. We must witness the fact that we stand united and that we will not allow the sovereignty of any European nation to be undermined. We all realise that a secure Europe needs a sovereign Ukraine, and a free and sovereign Ukraine needs the solidarity of the West,” remarked Mateusz Morawiecki.

“The more united we are, the greater our chance of avoiding war. Therefore, regardless of the actions taken by Vladimir Putin in the upcoming days, our solidarity with Ukraine must remain firm,” he said, adding that “Russia must know that we will not turn a blind eye to its aggression. Every infringement of Ukraine’s sovereignty will be met with very severe Western sanctions.”

“Finally, let me state that Poland will always stand on the side of Ukraine, for Poland will always stand on the side of freedom!” Mr Morawiecki concluded.

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