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Did Russia Threaten to Invade Poland?

Poland T-72
T-72 tanks from Poland. Image Credit: Creative Commons.

On Friday, one Russian legislator sparked global news reports about a possible Russian invasion of Poland. Oleg Morozov, a member of Russia’s State Duma, said on his official Telegram page that Russia may seek to “denazify” Poland after the so-called “special military operation” in Ukraine comes to an end.

Responding to comments by Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki about Russian President Vladimir Putin’s propaganda campaigns, Morozov warned that Poland could face the same fate as Ukraine.

“By its statements about Russia as a ‘cancer tumor’ and about the ‘indemnity’ that we must pay to Ukraine, Poland encourages us to put it in first place in the queue for denazification after Ukraine,” Morozov told his Russian-speaking followers.

The term “denazification” has been used since the outbreak of the war in Ukraine. Russian President Vladimir Putin cited Ukraine’s white nationalist Azov Battalion, a volunteer unit of the National Guard of Ukraine, as an example of Ukraine’s neo-Nazi sensibilities. In March, Putin appeared at Moscow’s Luzhniki stadium before tens of thousands of people, standing in front of banners that read “For a World Without Nazism.”

After justifying the invasion of Ukraine as a mission to remove Nazis from a neighboring country, Morozov’s comments clearly indicate a threat of invasion.

Morozov is not, however, a representative of the Kremlin. The Russian legislator does not have any decision-making power, nor is there any evidence to suggest that the Kremlin shares his view on invading Poland.

What Prompted the Outburst?

In an opinion piece published by The Telegraph, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki accused Vladimir Putin of lying about what was happening in Ukraine.

“Putin’s ‘Russkiy Mir’ ideology is the equivalent of 20th-century communism and Nazism. It is an ideology through which Russia justifies invented rights and privileges for its country,” Morawiecki said in the piece.

The Polish PM added that the Kremlin was convincing Russian soldiers of their “superiority” over Ukrainians, which prompted the soldier to “commit inhuman war crimes” including the “murder, rape and torture of innocent civilians.”

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has repeatedly denied claims of Russian soldiers committing war crimes.

Poland has been used as a center of training and other operations designed to help Ukraine since the outbreak of the war. Sharing a border with Ukraine, Poland has hosted multiple world leaders including U.S. President Joe Biden. The country also pushed the United States to assist in transferring 28 MiG-29 jets, which are Soviet-era planes Ukrainian pilots are familiar with, back in March.

For these reasons alone, Russia may feel it has cause to retaliate against Poland – but with a missile shortage, low troop morale, the failure of Russian troops to take control of Kyiv, and increasingly severe sanctions levied against Russia, an invasion in Poland seems unlikely.

Jack Buckby is a British author, counter-extremism researcher, and journalist based in New York. Reporting on the U.K., Europe, and the U.S., he works to analyze and understand left-wing and right-wing radicalization, and reports on Western governments’ approaches to the pressing issues of today. His books and research papers explore these themes and propose pragmatic solutions to our increasingly polarized society.

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Jack Buckby is 19FortyFive's Breaking News Editor. He is a British author, counter-extremism researcher, and journalist based in New York. Reporting on the U.K., Europe, and the U.S., he works to analyze and understand left-wing and right-wing radicalization, and reports on Western governments’ approaches to the pressing issues of today. His books and research papers explore these themes and propose pragmatic solutions to our increasingly polarized society.



  1. Vladolph Putler

    May 14, 2022 at 12:47 pm

    Holy smokes, no Russian trolls yet?

    Well, after the vigorous bitch slapping Russia is receiving from Ukraine, a nation with *severely* diminished military capabilities before Russian tinkering, Russia would have to be out of their mind to want to play with the Poles.

    I would venture Russian leadership is cringing, similar to reactions to loudmouth dribbling MORONS in US government wanting to escalate to direct US/Rus conflict.

    Ukraine is giving the Russians a *solid* run for their money after years of warning, mobilization, and western help. Poland was prepared to fight Russia not today, but yesterday. Belarus would be pretty bummed.

    • INVITADO 2

      May 14, 2022 at 2:52 pm

      El futuro va a estar lleno de bofetadas, como la que recibio Estados Unidos en Afganistan, en Irak, en Siria y en Libia. Lo de Ucrania era de esperarse, porque tenian las mejores defensas antiereas del mundo (asi sean de la era sovietica), tienen el apoyo de toda la Otan, y lo seguirán teniendo mientras haya un pueblo al cual endeudar y beneficiarse. Rusia marcha lento, pero marcha, no se puede decir lo mismo de Ucrania. Hasta ahora la bofetada la esta recibiendo Zelensky, porque ya en Ucrania hay voces disonantes sobre su actuacion, ya enpiezan a cuestionar sus decisiones de pedir y pedir y pedir, incluso en el mismo Senado Estadounidense ya empiezan a preguntarse porque deben estar siempre estar apoyando siempre a Ucrania. Las guerras del siglo XXI van a ser bien diferentes, asi que va a haber muchas mas bofetadas. El tiempo lo dirá…

      • Vladolph Putler

        May 14, 2022 at 9:45 pm

        Irak, Afganistán y las otras aventuras de los Estados Unidos fueron diferentes. Estados Unidos estaba invadiendo y no era bienvenido. Estados Unidos es bienvenido en Ucrania.

        En cuanto a las ganancias de Rusia, esto no es cierto. Rusia tuvo que retirarse después de una severa derrota fuera de Kiev, y ahora está siendo derrotada de manera similar en Donbás.

        Pero Ucrania está ahora a la ofensiva. Rusia obtiene ganancias, pero luego las pierde. Ucrania ha logrado pequeños avances en el sur y el este, pero en el norte, han derrotado a las fuerzas rusas desde tres direcciones fuera de Karkhiv. El otro día Ucrania destruyó por la fuerza un grupo táctico de batallón ENTERO. 72 piezas de armadura y probablemente 700-1400 soldados. Destruyó el 2% del ejército de Rusia en una sola batalla.

        Rusia es poderosa. Pero cada vez más débil. Y claramente no es lo suficientemente fuerte.

        Disculpen mi español, no es el mejor.

    • Instruktor

      May 15, 2022 at 12:20 pm

      Indeed.. Putin threats to take on NATO (and now Finland and Sweden) start to resemble North Korea’ repeated threats of attacking Japan and South Korea.

  2. aldol11

    May 14, 2022 at 7:40 pm

    Russia is getting its ass kicked by ukraine let alone attacking poland

  3. Him

    May 14, 2022 at 9:00 pm

    Russia’s dictatorship could well behave like Hitler and Nazi Germany, refusing to ever acknowledge they were losing, and willing to drive their nation in the dirt of total destruction, rather than give up.

    Not once, not once do the Russian trolls acknowledge that Russia was pals with Nazi Germany at the start of WW2.

    Since Russian mind did not change after WW2, it means that modern Russian thinking is unchanged from their Nazi-link in WW2.

    This explains why the Russians today are acting the same as the Nazi Germans.

    Russians act the same as Mafia crime bosses – where if you defend yourself, the Mafia say you are “attacking” them. This is the evil of the Russian mind.

    It’s not just Putin who thinks like this, but vast numbers of base level Russians – like the Russian trolls we see on this website. Those trolls actually believe what they write, because their minds have been formed by 100 years of Communist repression, such that their logic is totally formed by Communist ways of thinking.

    You cannot logically explain to them that no one wants to attack Russia.

  4. Alex

    May 15, 2022 at 11:20 am

    A demobilized French soldier, author of the book “Get up and go thanks to science” Adrien Boke went to Ukraine on a humanitarian mission and spent three weeks there.

    Upon his return, he decided to convey to the French information about the events he had witnessed in Ukraine.

    “I take full responsibility for what I say. While in Ukraine, I witnessed war crimes. All of them were committed by the Ukrainian army. But in France we don’t talk about it!

    When I returned to France from Ukraine, I was shocked: TV channels invite as experts people who have not been to Ukraine and do not know anything about what is happening there now. However, they dare to speculate about these events. Between what I hear from the TV screen and what I saw with my own eyes is an abyss.

    Azov fighters are everywhere. With neo-Nazi stripes. It shocks me that Europe is supplying weapons to neo-Nazis. Not only do they not hide their views. They advertise them. I worked with these people and treated them.

    Being there, there was nothing I could do. Just watch and make videos. I have this footage and will use it as evidence of Ukraine’s crimes.

    I witnessed how the Ukrainian military shot through the knees of captured Russian soldiers and shot in the head higher-ranking officers.

    I have personally seen American videographers making fake footage from the scene of the events staging.

    All destroyed civilian buildings, given out by Ukraine for bombardment of civilians, are nothing more than the result of inaccurate shooting by Ukrainians at military facilities.

    The Armed Forces of Ukraine hide ammunition in residential buildings at night, without even informing the residents. This is called using people as a shield, ”Boke quotes one of the French media.

    The Washington Post recently drew attention to the fact that Ukrainian troops are placing military equipment in residential areas of cities in an attempt to counter the Russian Armed Forces, which threatens the lives of civilians.

    Boke also spoke about the untruthfulness of Western media reports about the events in Bucha.

    “Bucha is a staging. The bodies of the dead were moved from other places and deliberately placed in such a way as to produce shocking footage, ”the French author noted.

    The documents confirming this were submitted to the Federal Security Service – how, who – there are relevant intercepts – on what transport he came to this settlement and created the conditions for organizing this provocation.

    Soon all the collected evidence about the crimes of the Nazis in Ukraine will be seen by the whole world. And the most important thing is the help of Western countries to the Nazis of Ukraine and assistance in their crimes.

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