The Soviet invasion of Poland on September 17, 1939, was a direct result of the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact signed by the USSR and Nazi Germany – something that should be kept in mind whenever Putin’s Russia talks of “de-Nazifying” Ukraine, while sprucing up its brutal invasion of the country with vainglorious narratives of distorted past.
On September 17, 1939, the world witnessed the dreadful fulfilment of the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact signed between Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia in Moscow on August 23, 1939. Containing a secret protocol that divided Eastern Europe between the signatories, the eastern part of Poland fell within the areas assigned to the USSR in the pact.
“The Soviet Union is equally responsible for WWII as Nazi Germany,” Viktor Suvorov, a Russian writer and former intelligence officer once said.
“According to Stalinist propaganda, the Soviet Union was a peaceful country and it did not attack anyone, but defended itself, waging the Great Patriotic War from 1941. Nonsense. There was no Great Patriotic War, but WWII. The Soviet Union took part in it starting from August 23, 1939, when it signed a pact with [Nazi] Germany to divide Poland. Two criminals divided Europe,” he said.
With a scrawled signature on the map, the fate of Eastern Europe was decided.
Today, Russia employs the same old tactics it resorted to when reaching out its greedy hand for the territory of Eastern European countries. Sham referendums, mass deportations, slavery or a quick execution in a forest – all of this sounds too familiar.
While alleging that Ukraine needs “de-Nazification”, and making good on its twisted scheme by invading the peaceful country, Moscow hates to be reminded that it became the greatest collaborator with the Nazis in its time.
Remember, history does rhyme, and the lessons are there to see.
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