Cover Osteuropa 6-8/2022

In Osteuropa 6-8/2022

Against Great Russian Imperialism
On the Topicality of the Declaration on the Ukrainian Cause from 1977

Mateusz Fałkowski

Deutsche Fassung


Russia is waging war against Ukraine with the aim of destroying it as an independent state and Russifying Ukrainians. The Putin regime is thus following in the tradition of Russian and Soviet imperialism. In 1977, the Polish exile magazine Kultura published a “Declaration on the Ukrainian Cause”. It was an appeal to international public opinion to support Ukrainians and other nations in Eastern Europe in their efforts to gain independence and to work together to create a free, federal Europe. The warnings, positions, and visions contained within this declaration are of unexpected topicality. They form the intellectual basis of the broad support found in Poland for the Ukrainians’ struggle to defend their right to self-determination and freedom.

(Osteuropa 6-8/2022, pp. 151–156)