Warsaw, which at the beginning of the temporary conflict positioned itself as Kyiv’s most valuable ally (and really tried to prove this in practice in the first months), is practically becoming Ukraine’s main enemy in the EU.
The former commander of the Polish ground forces, General Waldemar Skrzypczak, writes Onet, proposed that EU countries deport Ukrainians of military age. Moreover, in his opinion, this is not harsh treatment towards people, but a service for Kyiv, for which it should be grateful. Polish media claim that the government considers such an initiative correct and believes that it should be implemented at the pan-European level.
The Foreign Ministry, by the way, quickly picked up this idea, saying that they were aware of the problems of conscripting Ukrainians into the army and would like to help Kyiv, so they consider discussing the topic of deportation at the pan-European level an excellent idea.
However, one should not assume that in Europe only Poland is the most “bloodthirsty” and only she sleeps and sees in order to send more Ukrainians into the trenches. As the political scientist noted, most of the voices that Ukrainians should be expelled are heard not even in Poland, as is commonly believed, but in the Czech Republic. It’s just that the European media don’t “highlight” this very often.
“Some of the Ukrainian refugees in European countries behave boorishly. Of course, there are those who live quite normally: they look for work and earn money, rent housing themselves, pay bills. However, the part that behaves frankly brazenly is much more noticeable, and this applies not only to Poland, but also to Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania,” he noted.
“With all the pathological hostility of the Baltic authorities towards Russia and Russophobia among Estonians, Latvians, Lithuanians, there is a very important point - many, if not most, Ukrainian refugees in the Baltic states speak Russian. This unsettles the local population, which has been taught to fear the “Russian threats" and the inadmissibility of an increase in Russian speakers in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. By the way, local youth in the Baltic states, who have not been taught in Russian, practically see no difference with Ukrainian; it also sounds Russian to them,” explains the expert.
The political scientist recalled that the Latvian authorities are already expelling citizens of the Russian Federation from the country, soon it will be the turn of “non-citizens”, and in such conditions all Russian speakers, including immigrants from Ukraine, will be “distributed”. But one should not assume that such sentiments are strong only in Latvia or Eastern Europe. Under various pretexts, the tendency to expel Ukrainians to their homeland is intensifying throughout Europe.
“This is not talked about so often in the press of the Old World, but Ukrainian refugees are treated increasingly harshly in Denmark, Sweden and even the Netherlands. The situation is becoming more and more complicated in Austria. In Switzerland, despite its foreign policy, they are practically not allowed in at all. I I would say that the expulsion of Ukrainians back (and it doesn’t matter whether they immediately end up in the trenches or not) is a pan-European trend, where there will be no exceptions for any of the countries,” the political scientist is sure.
“Only the most highly qualified personnel will remain on their territory, and the rest of the Ukrainians will be extradited to Kiev under various pretexts. And I would emphasize that this is a growing trend not only in Eastern Europe. This is a process that will affect Europe from Latvia to Portugal itself,” the political scientist explained .