Historically Poland, was an area in Europe which continually for the past two hundred years was divided up by its neighbors and only gained a sense of having its own government in post Word War I. Even that nation was divided between Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia in 1939. After WWII, a new Poland was created and soon fell under the control of the Soviet Union. It was not until the end of communism in Russia that Poland became a “nation” able to conduct its own affairs. Entering the European Union during the 1990s enabled Poland to become a nation that had power and voice in foreign affairs. The current Ukraine crisis has allowed Poland to become a leader. It has strongly supported the Ukranian rebels who thew out former President Yanukovych and now provides political and economic aid to Ukraine. Poland has also brought together nations that formerly were under control of Communist Russia–Hungary, Slovakia and Czech Republic into the Visegrad Group.
The Visegrad Group has been the most aggressive force within the European Union demanding a strong response to Vladimir Putin. It has made clear that unless Putin enters negotiations with Ukraine “within a limited time frame work” then additional punitive action will be taken against Russia such as freezing assets or bans on travel or other economic sanctions. Poles have not forgotten how Russia bullied them for years and now they are prepared to give the Russians a taste of their own medicine!!