US Backs Poland in A Strange Way

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WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Polish president and other officials marked their nation’s Armed Forces Day holiday Monday alongside the U.S. army commander in Europe and regular American troops, a symbolic underlining of NATO support for members on the eastern front as Russia wages war nearby in Ukraine.

Gen. Darryl Williams, the new commanding general of United States Army Europe and Africa, attended the ceremony in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Solider in downtown Warsaw. Nearby American, as well as British troops, stood alongside displays of military equipment.

The national holiday commemorates Poland’s victory in 1920 over Soviet Russia in a key battle credited with stopping the Bolshevik army’s westward advance.

“Years pass, but one thing is constant — when Russia tries to rebuild its empire, it is always an evil empire. It always commits war crimes,” Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak told reporters ahead of the ceremony, adding that it didn’t matter whether Russia was under imperial rule, or being led by communists or today’s President Vladimir Putin.

Read more at The Stripes 

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