"I am extremely concerned about the decision of the Polish Senate. Historical truth requires open discussion and dialogue, not bans. The assessments in this decision are totally biased and completely unacceptable. We first of all keep in mind our common victories including over totalitarian regimes. No political decision can substitute historical truth. The enacted bill contradicts the proclaimed principles of strategic partnership between Ukraine and Poland. I call on Poland to be objective and engage in dialogue. Only unity can bring us victory," Poroshenko wrote on social media, Censor.NET reports.
As reported by UNIAN citing TVN24, in the early hours of Thursday, Feb. 1, the Polish Senate passed the draft law on the Institute of National Remembrance of Poland, which, among other things, provides for punishment for denying the crimes of Ukrainian nationalists (supporters of the so-called "Bandera ideology"). The vote took place at 3 a.m. Kyiv time. The bill was backed by 57 senators without amendments, while 23 were against it, and two more senators abstained. Now the bill should be signed into law by the Polish president.
On Jan. 26, the Polish Sejm adopted the bill submitted by the Kukiz'15 party setting a ban on promoting the so-called "Bandera ideology," with its historic roots stemming from Ukraine. In this regard, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry expressed concern, saying that Poland was trying to portray Ukrainians as "criminal nationalists." The Israeli Foreign Ministry, in turn, called Deputy Ambassador of Poland in Tel Aviv for explanations in connection with the amendments in the draft law on the Institute of National Remembrance. In particular, it bans any claims that the Polish people or Polish state were responsible or complicit in the Nazis' crimes, crimes against humanity or war crimes thus criminalizing allegations of the Polish nation's complicity in the Holocaust.