Russian tank in Warsaw: destroyed and exposed to the public [photos]

WARSAW ($1=4.69 Polish Zlotys) — The public “display” of destroyed enemy weapons is an old culture. In Europe, we saw it for the last time after the Second World War, where piles of German weapons, but also flags, emblems, Nazi memorabilia, were displayed in squares from Moscow to London for many months. For the public to see up close what caused the horror of so many years of war.

Russian tank in Warsaw: destroyed and exposed to the public [photos]
Photo credit: Reuters / Gleb Garanich

In fact, at this time, exhibitions were created that traveled around the countryside so that the citizens there could also enjoy the spectacle. The same is happening today in the capital of Poland, Warsaw.

In the central square, “The Castle”, as it is called, in front of the old royal castle of the city [now a museum], a damaged Russian tank T-72, as well as a self-propelled gun 2C-19 as some empty shells are exposed. The exhibition is decorated with Ukrainian and Polish flags, and the entire program is called “For Your Freedom and Ours”, organized by the Polish and Ukrainian governments.

Russian tank in Warsaw: destroyed and exposed to the public [photos]
Photo credit: AP

It is difficult for a foreign observer to realize the hatred of a large part of the Polish population for Russia, which dates back to the Soviet invasion of 1939, where in collusion with Nazi Germany [with the Ribbentrop-Molotov Pact] they cut Poland in two.

Russian tank in Warsaw: destroyed and exposed to the public [photos]
Photo credit: AP

This hatred [and with even older references, as Russia and Poland have clashed in central Europe since the Middle Ages] subsided somewhat in the Warsaw Pact years, but was rekindled in the 1980s riots led by the Solidarity union of Lech Walesa.

While many more episodes and after the collapse of the USSR gave food to the confrontation, the main one was the plane crash in 2010, where the then president of Poland, Lech Kaczynski, and many Polish officials were killed on the way to Smolensk. Polish citizens believe that it was not an accident, but Russian sabotage.

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