Poles fighting in Ukraine risk jail – media — RT World News

The legislators reportedly wanted to pardon Polish citizens who had joined Kiev’s forces

Polish nationals currently serving in the International Corps of the Ukrainian Armed Forces and other divisions could face legal consequences and face up to five years in prison after they return home, the airline said. Polish news agency Rzeczpospolita reported, citing the country’s penal code.

According to this source, by the end of October, only 34 people had applied for permission to serve in the foreign army. Only two applications were approved by the Ministry of National Defense, while 14 were given the green light by the Ministry of Home Affairs. But dozens, if not hundreds, of Poles are fighting in Ukraine, Miroslaw Czech, a Ukrainian journalist, former MP and activist, told the news agency. Technically, they are breaking the law and could theoretically be convicted, the paper wrote on Thursday.

However, Wojciech Skurkiewicz, deputy director of the Polish Ministry of Defense, pointed out that the government does not consider those fighting in Ukraine as lawbreakers. He suggests that such fighters do not violate Poland’s interests or interfere with the goals of the country’s armed forces, and this justifies a “exclusion of criminal liability.”

However, some Polish lawmakers argue that the defense ministry’s promises are not enough to ensure that fighters returning from Ukraine will not be investigated, questioned and mistreated. Independent Senator Krzysztof Kwiatkowski suggested that their best defense would be a general pardon, according to the newspaper. He introduced a draft law on this issue in the Polish parliament.

According to Polish media outlet Niezalezny Dziennik Polityczny, an estimated 1,200 Poles were killed fighting in Ukraine at the end of November, while thousands more were injured or disabled.

On Thursday, the Russian Defense Ministry reported that Moscow’s forces had destroyed several high-value targets with precision strikes, while also killing 90 Poles, whom Moscow called “Mercenary.”

Russia has repeatedly warned foreigners not to come to Ukraine to fight with Kiev’s forces, claiming that it will treat them as mercenaries who will not be granted prisoner of war status under its regulations. Geneva Convention.

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