Foreign Ministry: No Polish mercenaries fight in Ukraine
August 21, 2014
Poland’s Foreign Ministry has dismissed media speculations that mercenaries from that country are fighting in east Ukraine and called the allegations “an element of information warfare”.
“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland dissociates itself from media speculation about the alleged involvement of Polish mercenaries in the conflict in eastern Ukraine. Information available to us does not confirm such allegations,” a statement by ministry spokesman Marcin Wojciechowski posted on the ministry’s site reads.
The statement follows a report by the German DPA news agency published on August 16 that Ukraine military sources told them foreign nationals, including Poles, were fighting in eastern Ukraine.
Under Polish laws, “anyone serving in foreign military units without the consent of the authorities commits an offense punishable by imprisonment of up to five years”, the statement added.