Polish PM shames Western Europe in bloc-wide pro-Ukraine campaign – EURACTIV.com

Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has launched an EU-wide poster campaign to “raise the conscience of Europe” and discourage the West from cooperating economically with Russia, Dziennik Gazeta Prawna reported daily.

Announcing the “#StopRussiaNow” campaign on Saturday (April 23), Morawiecki said it was aimed primarily at Western European politicians, whom he accuses of wanting to restore good relations with the Kremlin too quickly.

“[Russian President] Vladimir Putin has prepared a special operation including war crimes and genocide. What is happening on the streets of Ukraine shocked us, but only for a short time,” he said, adding that he wanted the campaign to become “a cry of those who have been brutally murdered in the cities and the villages. [of Ukraine].”

According to Morawiecki, the first publicity cars have already left in the biggest cities of Western Europe. Most banners, including photographs of the Prime Minister post on its Twitter account, are based on the comparison between the standard of living of the middle and upper classes of Western Europe and the results of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

For example, one of the posters showed a photo of a middle-aged man sitting on a hospital bed, dressed in white, clean clothes and looking content, and a photo of a devastated hospital in the Lugansk Oblast. “Are you satisfied with your health care? #StopRussiaNow,” the billboard reads.

The Prime Minister also said he would visit major Western European capitals to convince other heads of state to increase economic sanctions against Russia. “Germany, France, Austria, Italy – these countries must do their best to stop the war in Ukraine by suspending funding for Putin’s war machine,” he said.

According to Morawiecki, the sanctions already in place are “insufficient”.

“Look at the rate of the ruble, on the state of the Russian economy,” he said, stressing that the sanctions will hit Moscow, but only “in the long term”, when Ukraine needs help “here and now”.