This is the second installment of “On the Barricades,” which was released this week. Boyan Stanislavski and Maria Cernat sat down with Malgorzata Kulbaczewska-Figat to discuss another bizarre propaganda talking point: Poland is considering invading Ukraine from the west, occupying large portions of its territory under the guise of a “peacekeeping mission,” and then integrating the areas around Lviv and Tarnopol into the current Polish state. On its face, the claim is absurd. Despite this, many people, including some very intelligent journalists and podcasters, have fallen for Sergey Naryshkin’s bogus claim, which he first made two weeks ago. Naryshkin is the head of Russia’s foreign intelligence service, and it appears to be little more than a propaganda talking point.
Why isn’t Poland intervening in Ukraine right now? Is it capable of carrying out such an action on its own? How could it possibly handle such a job? This and more will be covered in our conversation with Malgorzata Kulbaczewska-Figat at 3 p.m. Central European Summer Time. That is not all. We’re also talking about the looming plight of Ukrainian refugees in Poland, as the government has completely privatized (outsourced?) the problem. Nothing has been done to help the millions of people who have arrived in Poland in the last two months; they have been distributed to private citizens’ homes and a few hotels. The government promised financial assistance, but no money has been delivered. In the meantime, tensions are rising not only between Poles and Ukrainians, but also within the Ukrainian diaspora.
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