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Polish Senate declares Russia 'a terrorist regime'

26.10.2022 20:00
Poland’s upper house of parliament, the Senate, has adopted a resolution designating Russia as “a terrorist regime” and calling on the international community to support investigations into war crimes committed in Ukraine. 
The upper house of Polands parliament, the Senate, in session in Warsaw on Wednesday, October 26, 2022.
The upper house of Poland's parliament, the Senate, in session in Warsaw on Wednesday, October 26, 2022.PAP/Tomasz Gzell

The resolution passed unanimously, Polish state news agency PAP reported.

'Criminals in Russian uniforms'

Polish senators noted that Russia on February 24 "started a brutal war against Ukraine.”

They added: “Its aim is to wipe a sovereign nation off the map and destroy the Ukrainian people.”

The resolution goes on to state: “The heroic defence of independence mounted by the citizens of Ukraine has won the admiration of the entire free world. Today, Ukraine is the most important place defending democracy and freedom. The Russian invaders are terrorising the residents of Ukrainian cities by bombing civilian targets: kindergartens, schools, theatres and residential estates.”

The Polish upper house added: “Criminals in Russian uniforms are torturing and murdering prisoners of war and civilians in occupied areas. They are abducting Ukrainian children to raise them into soldiers of the regime. They are deporting, resettling and sending Ukrainian citizens to remote regions of Russia.

'Vladimir Putin and his apparatus of violence'

The Polish senators went on to state: “The people of Europe believed that they would never again be threatened with genocide and war crimes. And yet Vladimir Putin and his apparatus of violence reverted to the cruel practices of the Stalinist and Nazi regimes. And that is why Russia must be defeated and deprived of the potential to threaten its neighbours.”  

The Polish Senate reiterated "its condemnation of Russia's aggression" and called on "all countries that espouse peace, democracy and human rights to designate Russia as a terrorist regime.”

The house expressed its "appreciation of all institutions and organisations that have undertaken the task of studying and documenting the crimes perpetrated against the Ukrainian people" and urged the international community "to give full support to the International Criminal Court in its investigations against those who are responsible for these crimes."

Wednesday was day 245 of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. 


Source: PAP, tvpparlament.pl, senat.gov.pl

Click on the audio player above for a report by Radio Poland's Michał Owczarek.