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    President Duda Responds to Criticism Following His Recent Comments on Crimea

    This morning, President Andrzej Duda took to social media to emphasize that his actions and stance “regarding the Russian brutal aggression on Ukraine have been clear and unequivocal from the very first day.”

    President Duda declared, “Russia violates international law, is an aggressor and occupier. The Russian assault on Ukraine and the occupation of internationally recognized Ukrainian territories, including Crimea, is a crime. This war cannot end in Russia’s victory. Russian imperialism must be halted, defeated, and blocked for the future. Ukraine must win because the Free World must win this war. We all stand shoulder to shoulder for a free, sovereign, and independent Ukraine against aggression and brutal imperialism!”

    In a recent interview with the online Kanał Zero (Channel Zero – ed.), the president was asked whether he believes Russia will relinquish Crimea, and Ukraine will regain control.

    “It’s difficult for me to answer that question. I don’t know if Ukraine will regain Crimea, but I believe it will regain Donetsk and Luhansk. Crimea is a unique place, and I’m not sure if Ukraine will regain it, especially considering historical reasons, as historically, if we look back, it has been under Russia’s jurisdiction for a longer period,” President Duda stated.

    Earlier, the president pointed out that “today, Russia is striving to win in Ukraine.”

    “I say this: if Russia retains Ukrainian territories, it will indeed be a victory for Russia, and then the likelihood of another attack from Russia is very high. I believe Russia needs to be pressured here. We cannot allow Ukraine to surrender, and the West must not surrender in this confrontation because that would be recognizing, as it were, the right to the resurgence of Russian imperialism, which we must never acknowledge,” emphasized the president.

    The president’s remarks have sparked numerous comments, including from the Ukrainian ambassador in Poland and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland.

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