Russian troops behaving like Hitler's SS, says Duda as he demands they be brought to justice
Poland has accused Russian troops in Ukraine of behaving like Hitler’s SS during WWII.
At a meeting with his Bulgarian counterpart, Polish president Andrzej Duda said there was a chilling similarity between the atrocities being committed by Putin’s forces and those carried out by the Nazis.
Duda said: ‘I deeply believe that the world will be able to bring to account the perpetrators of these crimes in order to discourage other potential leaders and commanders who want to carry out their criminal goals.’
‘Today, the Russian army is behaving in exactly the same way - and its leaders like Hitler - as the German SS.’
He added that the invasion of Ukraine was not the first brutal violation of international law committed by Russia.
Duda continued: ‘It had already done this in 2008 when it attacked Georgia, later, in 2014, when it attacked Ukraine, and today, when it carried out a brutal invasion of Ukraine.
‘Russia has been acting in a completely unacceptable way which demands sanctions be imposed by the international community.’
The warning comes following Poland’s ambassador to the US saying his country had been aware of Russia's neo-imperial policy for years but had been ignored.
Talking on the PBS NewsHour TV programme on Monday night, Marek Magierowski said: ‘Together with the Baltic states, the Czech Republic and Romania, we warned our western partners about the Kremlin's increasingly aggressive policy.
‘The war in Ukraine did not change our approach to Moscow, as we had no illusions about it.
‘But now everyone is aware that there is no going back. to previous relations with Russia.’