“This is the perfect day to show our strength, to show that we have built a powerful army,” said Mariusz Blaszczak, Polish Defense Minister.
Warsaw has been the scene this Tuesday of the largest military parade since the Cold War on the occasion of the Armed Force Daywhich this year commemorates the 103rd anniversary of Poland’s victory over Soviet troops in the battle of warsaw.
Two months before the presidential elections and in the midst of the conflict in Ukraine, the display of military power by the authorities involved 2,000 Polish soldiers and from other NATO countries, as well as 200 military equipment and 92 aircraftreports Reuters.
“This is the perfect day to show our strength, to show that we have built a powerful army that will defend our borders effectively without hesitation,” Mariusz Blaszczak, Polish Defense Minister, was quoted as saying by the agency.
The President of Poland, Andrzej Duda, who also attended the ceremony, accused the previous government of paying little attention to defense. “The last eight years have been a time of rebuilding the Polish Army,” the president said.
American tanks appeared on the streets of Poland M1A1 Abrams and K2, HIMARS rocket launcherPatriot air defense systems, as well as Polish Borsuk infantry fighting vehicles.
Days before, the Polish president recalled that Poland sends significant aid to Ukraine and that the West must not allow the Americans “to have to shed their blood” to restore peace and freedom in the world.