Tuesday, October 10, 2023

The two most important commanders in the Polish army resigned

Dorzeczy.pl/Rzeczpospolita: The Chief of the General Staff of the Polish Army, General Rajmund Andrzejczak, and General Tomasz Piotrowski, Operational Commander, submitted their resignations.

The daily newspaper, "Rzeczpospolita" (Republic), reports about the case. Applications for the resignations of military personnel have already been sent to the Chancellery of the President.

The newspaper suggests that the resignations may be related to the conflict between the command of the Polish army and the Ministry of National Defense. The dispute broke out in May this year, when the head of the ministry, Mariusz Błaszczak, publicly accused the Operational Command of negligence in the case of a missile that fell on Polish territory in December last year.

At the end of April, the remains of a missile were found near Zamość, approximately 15 kilometers from Bydgoszcz. Researchers from the Air Force Institute of Technology said it was a Ch-55 cruise missile that most likely came from beyond our eastern border, because the Polish army does not have such weaponry. 

The issue of responsibility for not finding the missile earlier was divided between the Ministry of National Defense and the Polish Army. 

According to Minister Błaszczak, the Operational Commander of the Armed Forces abandoned his duties and did not inform him about the fall of the rocket on Polish territory.

In turn, General Tomasz Piotrowski claims that he informed the head of government and Deputy Prime Minister Mariusz Błaszczak about the "unusual event in Polish airspace" on December 16, 2022. Meanwhile, Morawiecki and Błaszczak maintain that they learned about the incident only in April.

PN: The resignations seem very political since there are only four days left to elections and are already used by opposition parties that were losing in the polls. It is important to note that the leader of the opposition openly suggested a rebellion against the head of the Ministry of National Defense.

Update: The President of Poland, the commander-in-chief of the armed forces, accepted the resignations and - in consultation with the Minister of National Defense - decided to designate and appoint new commanders.