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The centenary of the Treaty of Warsaw, 21-22 April 1920

On the night of 21-22 April 1920, a cooperation agreement between Poland and Ukraine was signed in Warsaw. Preceded by months of negotiations, it was concluded in the face of the ongoing victories of the Bolsheviks in Russia and Ukraine, threatening the independence of its western neighbours.

Sharing a common enemy and wanting to stave off the armed Polish-Ukrainian conflict and mount an effective resistance to the expansion of communism, two prominent statesmen, Józef Piłsudski and Symon Petliura, sat up to talk about creating a plan to fight the Red Army. The Polish-Ukrainian alliance, dated 21 April 1920 and signed three days later, was key to the implementation of this plan.

The photos commemorate Józef Piłsudski's visit to Vinnitsiya in 1920, and the place of birth of Walery Sławek in the village of Strutynka near Niemyriv in Vinnytsia Oblast in Ukraine.

 

Photo:Jacek Magdoń i Jerzy Wójcicki

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