Warsaw: Russian president Vladimir Putin is more dangerous than Adolf Hitler or Joseph Stalin, the Polish prime minister Mateusz Morawiecki warned.
Calling for “de-Putinisation” in an article in The Telegraph on Tuesday, he said Putin’s dangerous ideology is bolstered by “deadlier weapons” at his disposal and new media at his fingertips to spread his propaganda.
“Putin is neither Hitler nor Stalin. Unfortunately, he is more dangerous.”
Citing Ukrainian cities of Bucha, Irpin and Mariupol, where streets have “run with the blood of innocents”, the Polish leader said it signified the return of the “accursed ideologies” of Stalin and Hitler.
Accusing West of falling into “blissful forgetfulness”, he said the illusion that history cannot repeat itself “was laid bare on February 24 this year”.
Russia launched what it called a “special” military operation in Ukraine on February 24.
The Polish prime minister blamed western ignorance which allowed Putin to develop ideologies akin to “20th-century communism and Nazism”.
“We will lose our soul and our freedom and sovereignty” because Russia will not stop at Kyiv, he warned.
Poland, which shares over 200 km border with Ukraine, has been one of the most vocal countries to speak out against the Russian invasion.