LUGANSK, November 30. /TASS/. Ukrainian service members have been increasingly complaining about how Polish mercenaries treat them and the privileges that they enjoy, Andrey Marochko, an officer with the Lugansk People’s Republic’s (LPR) People’s Militia, said on Wednesday.
"There is a growing rift between Ukrainian service members and Polish mercenaries in the ranks of the Ukrainian armed forces. Despite relatively equal conditions for military service, the Polish military has a number of privileges over the Ukrainians," he wrote on his Telegram channel, citing intelligence data from the LPR People’s Militia.
According to Marochko, the Poles have been receiving extra money as donations on top of their fixed pay and Western sponsors have been sending in large amounts of gear and special equipment, while the Ukrainians have been paying for everything out of their own pockets.
"Besides, the Poles communicate arrogantly and treat the Ukrainians as inferior people," Marochko added. He said that those aspects and some other preferential treatment have been fomenting discontent among the Ukrainians who he said "often end up fighting or exchanging fire with the Poles.".