DUP MP Jeffrey Donaldson: Poland needs our support
DUP MP Jeffrey Donaldson has called on the West to defend Poland as it again finds itself on the front line, 75 years after the German invasion.
The Lagan Valley representative was speaking at a service to mark the start of the Second World War in Gdansk as, just a few hundred miles away, the conflict between Russia and Ukraine continued.
Mr Donaldson, there with Belfast-based, Polish-born democracy campaigner Eva Grosman, said: "The Poles who defended their country would begin a journey that would lead them to our shores, where they would defend the freedom of Northern Ireland from the Nazi tyranny.
"On this anniversary of the beginning of that war, Poland again finds itself on the front line. It is important that we stand with them."
Polish Prime Minister – and newly elected president of the European Council – Donald Tusk led the remembrance ceremony and said that what happened to his country in September 1939 must never be allowed to happen again. "We Europeans must learn a lesson from the tragic Polish September, from the tragic years of the Second World War – tragic for all people without exception – that we cannot be naively optimistic," he told the hundreds who turned out at 4.45am to take part in the event.
He added: "Today, looking at the tragedy of the Ukrainians, looking at the war – because we need to use that word – we know that 1939 cannot be allowed to be repeated."