The Polish government’s “StopRussiaNow” billboard campaign is coming to Hungary, daily Népszava has learned from Poland’s Ambassador to Hungary, Sebastian Kęciek, at the campaign’s launch event in Batthyány Square, Budapest, held together with the Ukrainian Ambassador to Ukraine, Lyubov Nepop.
During the campaign, for a couple of days, billboards on cars will be displayed in Budapest. These will show passers-by that the Ukrainians used to live their daily lives the same way as others in Europe do, but then Russia invaded Ukraine. For example, one picture shows a small child in Berlin sleeping with his teddy bear, and another shows a teddy bear lying on the ground in the ruins of a destroyed housing estate in Borodianka, with the words “Where is your child’s teddy bear?” written on it.
The action to raise awareness was initiated in mid-April by Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki. According to him, the campaign aims to raise awareness among the European public of the war crimes committed by Russia in Ukraine, and appealing to the conscience of politicians who are eager to continue doing business with the Russians after the war is over.
At the end of the event, Ambassador Ljubov Nepop expressed her gratitude “to the Polish and Hungarian people, we will never forget their solidarity.”
As Poland’s Ambassador to Hungary has explained, the campaign will be launched in nineteen countries, including Hungary, Germany, Austria, France, and from Budapest to Bulgaria and Greece.
The once-reliable political alliance between Fidesz and Poland’s ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party has been seriously eroded by the Russian-Ukrainian war. Recently, Poland’s most powerful politician, Jarosław Kaczyński, even said that if Viktor Orbán “cannot see what happened in Bucha, he must be advised to see an eye doctor.”
Featured image: One of the billboards with the sentence “Are you satisfied with your manicure?” written on it. Photo via the Polish Embassy in Budapest’s Facebook page