Poland announced to conduct major military exercises in the context of Russia accused it of trying to annex western Ukraine.
RT reported, Poland announced a major military exercise, warning residents of increased traffic and “massive military vehicles” moving across the country. In a statement on April 28, the Polish military said the exercises would begin on May 1.
“Military vehicles will move on major roads, highways and national highways. The roads will also be used by the participating members of the exercise, to receive and deploy allied forces, coordinate cross-border operations and cooperate with host countries. The Polish Ministry of Defense said that it did not specify exactly which “host countries” could participate in the meetings. exercise.
Military vehicles will move around the country mainly at night to minimize the impact on civilian traffic. However, some operations will take place during the day and the Ministry of Defense advises Poles to avoid filming and taking pictures.
“We urge the public to help us protect data, especially in light of the current situation. Please do not publish information and photos of troops and their locations, the date and time of movements of military formations, or data on the departure and landing of military aircraft. know and emphasize that putting such data online can have a negative impact on the “security and national defense” of the country.
The announcement of the drills came as the Director of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) Sergey Naryshkin accused Poland of preparing to occupy the western part of Russia. Ukraine, which Poland considers “belonging to its history”. Naryshkin alleged that the possible “reunification” of western Ukraine with Poland would take place under the guise of deploying a “peacekeeping” mission into the country to protect Kiev from a Russian attack.
According to Naryshkin alleging, Warsaw is negotiating the details of this plan with Washington, and the plan is carried out without NATO authorization. Poland is also looking for other countries to volunteer to participate in the plan, but has so far not attracted any allies, the official said. In addition, Polish intelligence is said to be looking for “trustworthy” Ukrainian politicians to form a pro-Warsaw counterweight to Ukrainian nationalists.
Poland staunchly denies seeking to annex western regions of Ukraine, rejecting Mr. Naryshkin’s accusations of an “information campaign against Poland and America” to create “distrust” between Warsaw and Kiev.
“Lies about Polish plans to attack western Ukraine have been repeated for several years. This information campaign was especially intensified after Russia began attacking Ukraine,” said Stanislaw Zaryn, spokesman for the Minister of Coordination of Special Services.
Poland was one of the leading pro-Ukrainian countries amid the conflict between Moscow and Kiev, becoming a major hub for providing weapon of the West for the Ukrainian army. It has also supplied Kiev with Soviet-era military equipment from its stockpiles.
Russia launched a military operation in Ukraine at the end of February, after accusing Kiev of failing to fulfill the terms of the Minsk agreement, first signed in 2014 and eventually Moscow’s recognition of the the self-proclaimed Donbass republics Donetsk and Lugansk. The Minsk agreement brokered by Germany and France was designed to give the breakaway regions special status in Ukraine.
The Kremlin has since demanded that Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country and will never join the US-led NATO military bloc. Kiev insists the Russian attack is completely unprovoked and rejects claims it is planning to retake the two republics in Russia. Donbass by violence.