Russia accuses Polish WW2 resistance of exterminating Warsaw Jews, Ukrainians

The accusations follow recent Polish claims that Poland's liberation from the Germans by the Red Army brought the country fresh enslavement. NAC

The Russian Defence Ministry on Friday accused Poland's World War Two Home Army (AK) resistance of exterminating Jews and Ukrainians in Warsaw prior to the city's 1945 liberation by the Red Army.

Citing recently declassified documentation related to the Soviets' entry into Warsaw on January 17, 1945, the Russian ministry said the documents "show that units of the Home Army exterminated Jews and Ukrainians in the city." The ministry also stressed that the mentioned documentation served "the protection of historical truth."

The disclosure of the documents coincided with Russia's celebrations of the Red Army's liberation of Warsaw. The accusations follow recent Polish claims that Poland's liberation from the Germans by the Red Army brought the country fresh enslavement.

In an interview for PAP, Deputy Foreign Minister Paweł Jabłoński called the Russian charges "provocative," and part of the Kremlin's ongoing campaign to blame Poland for World War Two. In December, Russian leader Vladimir Putin accused Poland of collaboration with the Third Reich and complicity in the outbreak of the war.

Commenting on the Russian accusations on Facebook, Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki called them "Orwellian" and said it was the Soviets who were allied with Nazi Germany at the outbreak of the war and invaded Poland from the east shortly after the Germans entered the country from the west.