Why the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs Fired Its Ukrainian Workers

The corporate nature of the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs

20 April 2022

What the MFA corporation does best is to close ranks before any external attack, because it deals with internal criticism ruthlessly.

On 9 April, I published an emotional post on my Facebook profile informing about the dismissal of Ukrainian employees of the Polish Institute in Kyiv. In it, I wrote:

“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) of the Republic of Poland in the person of Robert Czyzewski, the director of the Polish Institute in Kyiv on 8 April 2022, dismissed the Ukrainian employees of the Institute in connection with the reduction of employment. 

The reason given by the MFA is Russia’s war against Ukraine (…). The decision to dismiss Ukrainian employees in the face of the horror that is happening in Ukraine is not only undignified but deeply harmful. 

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Jerzy Onuch

Jerzy Onuch is a contemporary artist and curator. He has been working as an artist since the late 1970s, presenting performance and installation works in Europe and North America. From 2005 to 2010, he held the diplomatic post of Director of the Polish Institute in Kyiv, Ukraine. Between 2010 and 2014 he was the director of the Polish Cultural Institute in New York.

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