Ukraine and Poland on the Fronts of Historical Memory: Reconciliation or Truce?

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Ukraine and Poland on the Fronts of Historical Memory: Reconciliation or Truce?
// Russia and New States of Eurasia. 2019. No IV (LV). P. 111-124

DOI: 10.20542/2073-4786-2019-4-111-124


Abstract

Throughout the post-Soviet years Warsaw was an active sponsor of the pro-Western course of Ukrainian elites and then an actual curator of the process of inclusion  Kiev into the zone of political and economic attraction of the European Union. However, after the victory of the “Maidan Revolution” in 2014, the new Ukrainian authorities began to cultivate an ideology that was historically unacceptable and offensive to Polish national consciousness. This is especially true of the heroization of the national radicals of the Second World War, which became ideological inspirers of the forces that won the “Maidan”. As a result, Polish-Ukrainian relations became seriously dependent on pressing issues of historical politics, which turned out to be crucial for the political regimes of both countries. The new president of Ukraine, Vladimir Zelensky, elected in the spring of 2019, intends to overcome the crisis in relations between the two countries. Nevertheless, there are reasons to believe that the troubled past will continue to be a serious obstacle to full-fledged interstate dialogue.


Keywords

Ukraine, Poland, “Euromaidan”, strategic interests, nationalism, historical memory, “Volyn massacre”, reconciliation, elections


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For citation:
Smirnov A. Ukraine and Poland on the Fronts of Historical Memory: Reconciliation or Truce?. Russia and New States of Eurasia, 2019, No IV (LV), pp. 111-124. https://doi.org/10.20542/2073-4786-2019-4-111-124



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