Ukraine is Suing Poland, Hungary, and Slovakia (My Home Country) — My Thoughts

Jakub Ferencik
4 min readSep 19

It is no secret that Poland and Slovakia have been adamant allies of Ukraine. State representatives, particularly presidents from both countries, were among the first to visit Volodymyr Zelensky in Ukraine after Russia’s full-scale invasion in February 2022.

In Hungary’s case, the Prime Minister, Viktor Orban, is balancing support for Vladimir Putin, who is an ally of sorts, with keeping good enough graces with the European Union because of funds that Hungary needs right now.

With that said, Ukraine is suing the three countries as a result of the refusal of these mentioned countries to lift bans on Ukrainian agricultural products.

For observers, this understandably threatens support for Ukraine at a time when they need it since many have become accustomed to the full-scale invasion and have returned to focusing on other issues.

So, is it fair to say that Ukraine is making a mistake here?

Let’s discuss.

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Last Friday on 15, September 2023, the three EU countries announced that they would impose restrictions on Ukrainian grain imports because of the harm they have done to the domestic economies of said countries.

This came after the EU Commission’s decision not to extend the grain ban that was put into effect because of the disruptions to domestic agriculture practices and supply.

As mentioned before, Poland and Slovakia have been adamant supporters of Ukraine, with Poland housing the most Ukrainian refugees of all EU member states.

Slovakia, a country that is much smaller in both population size and landmass, has also done its fair share to support the hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians who came through its eastern border.

So, is this a betrayal of the solidarity we have seen from Ukraine’s Slavic brothers and sisters?

First, we have to understand where Ukraine is coming from.

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Jakub Ferencik

Author of “Up in the Air,” “Beyond Reason,” & "Surprised by Uncertainty" on AMAZON | MA McGill Uni | RA for EUROPEUM Prague | 700+ articles with 1+ mil. views