ER Editor: We’re doing a three-fer. Lucas Leiroz talks about the Russian intelligence report that Poland is allegedly seeking to launch an armed invasion of western Ukraine to take back its historical territories lost after WWII. Also from RT (via Alethonews as EU censorship doesn’t permit us to access RT) on Poland’s participation in NATO’s Defender Europe and Swift Response military exercises, involving Poland, Lithuania and Latvia, during the whole of May. The Polish government and western media are either silent or issuing denials on the invasion intel.
But first, Thierry Meyssan, who gives us two other pieces of information, that Poland has already offered to deploy ‘peacekeeping’ troops in Ukraine, and a reminder that a month ago, Poland bizarrely laid claim to the isolated piece of Russian land called Kaliningrad Oblast (see map) situated between Lithuania and Poland, which has apparently never belonged to Poland, unlike parts of western Ukraine.
See this article we recently put out, by Julian Rose, who is a resident of Poland:
Poland Is Facilitating a US-NATO War Plan
Poland planning to occupy Western Ukraine again
VOLTAIRE NETWORK |
The Polish government has established contact with Ukrainian opposition leaders to propose the deployment of a peacekeeping force in the west of the country. The proposal is not without ulterior motives. Indeed, during the interwar period, Poland had occupied Western Ukraine to protect it from Bolshevism. She then annexed these territories in agreement with the USSR.
A month ago, Polish officials laid claim to the enclave of Kaliningrad, which has never belonged to Poland  .
It was during Poland’s occupation of Western Ukraine that the banderites were formed. In 1934, Stepan Bandera organised, on behalf of the German Gestapo of which he was already a member, the assassination of Polish Interior Minister Bronisław Pieracki, who had cracked down on Ukrainian terrorists on the basis of collective responsibility.
Poland’s initiative opens the door for Hungary and Romania to lay claim on other parts of Ukrainia.
These countries should be reminded that dispatching forces in a “peacekeeping” capacity would not necessarily trigger the application of NATO’s Article 5 on collective defense, i.e. the Alliance would not automatically mobilize its other members should those forces get in harm’s way.
Poland Reportedly Interested in Annexing Part of Ukrainian Territories
LUCAS LEIROZ de ALMEIDA
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While the Western world continues to claim that Russia is interested in “annexing” or “fragmenting” Ukraine, current reality shows that the geopolitical players interested in attacking Kiev’s sovereign territory are others. Recent investigations reported by Russian intelligence point out that the Polish government, supported by the US and other Western powers, plans to invade and seize territorial portions in eastern Ukraine. As expected, Polish officials deny involvement in this type of manoeuvre, and the Western media remains absolutely silent.
In a new episode of the military conflict in Ukraine, the head of Russia’s foreign intelligence service stated that the US and Poland are currently planning to take “military-political control” over western Ukraine through a future armed intervention. In a press release, Sergey Naryshkin, head of the SVR (Russian acronym for Foreign Intelligence Service), said that, according to information received by his agency, Washington and Warsaw are planning to gain control over Polish historic possessions in western Ukraine.
“According to the intelligence acquired by Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service, Washington and Warsaw are engaged on plans to establish Poland’s tight military and political control over its historic possessions in Ukraine”, he said during a public statement on April 28.
Naryshkin also pointed out some strategic details about how the occupation of the western Ukrainian region would take place. The process is related to the already admitted Polish intention to start a “peace operation” in Ukraine, which is already supported by the West to some extent. The Poles would use as an argument that their operation would aim to protect the Polish population and heritage against “Russian aggression” and then initiate an absolute political and military control in that region.
Obviously, the only stance taken by the Polish government has been absolute denial. Stanislaw Zaryn, spokesman for Polish Interior Minister Mariusz Kaminski, denied on the same day all information alleged by the Russians. Unlike the Moscow official, however, the spokesman did not offer more in-depth information about what the real Polish strategic objectives with a possible “peace operation” would be, only continuing the already known Western speech about the “information warfare and the spread of fake news” supposedly practiced by Russia.
These were some of his words about the case:
“Sergey Naryshkin continues Russian information operation against Poland and the US. Russia’s intelligence chief is spreading insinuations against Poland and the US, convincing falsely that both countries are preparing a Polish annexation of western Ukraine”.
In fact, the claim does not seem unsubstantiated. Warsaw has historic territorial claims in western Ukraine. Many Polish cities after the Second World War became part of the then Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic, including Lviv, which is today a major point of military and geo-strategic importance. In these regions, it is possible to speak Polish or Ukrainian with “Polishisms,” the Roman Catholic faith is practiced, and there is a strong ethnic presence of Poles.
In recent years, due to the stability of relations between NATO (of which Poland is a member) and Kiev, the matter concerning historically Polish territories has practically been “forgotten” by geopolitical experts. But, in the same sense, it is absolutely reasonable to think that, in the midst of conflicts and tensions, Poland with the support of NATO wants to retake these territories, which would have great geo-strategic value for the western alliance.
It is also necessary to mention that, interestingly, the western media has avoided commenting on the case, even though it is a serious issue and with a strong possibility of escalation in the Ukrainian conflict. Apparently, for the mainstream media, it is forbidden to talk about “attempts to balkanize Ukraine” when the player involved is a NATO member.
On one side of the war of narratives, there is an intelligence agency claiming to have reliable sources and providing details on how its predictions will come to completion, while on the other there is only a formal denial and baseless accusation about alleged “Russian lies”. In fact, there is no way to predict what will happen, but it is reasonable that there should be at least concern on the part of international society and an effort to prevent Warsaw from starting another escalation of the conflict by annexing Ukrainian territories.
Lucas Leiroz is a researcher in Social Sciences at the Rural Federal University of Rio de Janeiro; geopolitical consultant.
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Poland hosts major NATO wargames
Samizdat (RT) | May 1, 2022
Poland is participating in two large-scale multinational drills and is the host nation for one of them, the country’s Defense Ministry revealed on Sunday amid Russia’s allegations that Warsaw is preparing to occupy the western part of Ukraine.
The Defender Europe 2022 (DE22) and Swift Response 2022 (SR22) will be conducted in nine countries including Poland between May 1-27, the Polish ministry said.
“There will be approximately 18,000 participants from over 20 countries training together in both exercises. The portion of the exercises on Polish soil will see some 7,000 troops and 3,000 pieces of equipment,” the statement reads.
Defender Europe is a regularly conducted, American-led multinational exercise that aims poised to “build preparedness and interoperability between Allies and partners” of NATO and America. DE22 training will be conducted at several sites in Poland, with Polish soldiers to be joined by personnel from the US, France, Sweden, Germany, Denmark, and UK.
The Swift Response exercise will entail approximately 550 Polish soldiers being deployed to Lithuania and Latvia along with troops from the Czech Republic and a German-Dutch force.
“Joint combined exercises such as these enhance the security of the NATO Eastern Flank through a training in accordance with NATO standards and procedures,” the Defense Ministry emphasized.
It added that the drills also contribute to the allies’ preparedness “to meet new and emerging challenges at the contemporary battlefield in order to deter a potential aggressor.”
The military specifically pointed out that DE22 and SR 22 “are not aimed against any country and are not related to the current geopolitical situation in the region,” in a veiled reference to the ongoing Russian military offensive in Ukraine.
These assurances come as Russian Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) Director Sergey Naryshkin accused Warsaw of preparing to occupy the western part of Ukraine, which Poland considers as “historically belonging” to it. The potential “reunification” of Poland with western Ukraine will come under the guise of deploying a “peacekeeping” mission into the country under the pretext of protecting Kiev from “Russian aggression,” the official alleged. Warsaw denied the claims.
For years, Russia has expressed concern over NATO’s expansion eastwards, which it considers a direct threat to its own security. This factor along with the possibility of Ukraine eventually joining the alliance were named by Moscow as the key reasons for launch of its military offensive.
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