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President pays tribute to Poles who died in Russian onslaught in 1939

“Today we pay tribute to all those who were murdered by the Soviets and suffered as a result of the Soviet invasion of Poland 83 years ago, on 17 September 1939,” President Andrzej Duda said on Saturday in front of the monument honouring the people Deported to Siberia, in Gdynia, on the 83rd anniversary of the Soviet invasion of Poland.

He also pointed out that the historic investment, the Vistula Spit Canal will be opened on Saturday. The crossing, he said, will strengthen our sovereignty and independence from Russia, which has so far had to consent to the passage of Polish naval vessels through the Pilawa Strait.

Andrzej Duda emphasised that before we celebrate the opening of the Vistula Spit Canal Poles have to give “homage to those millions of Poles who were murdered, who perished, who suffered as a result of the Russian onslaught in that terrible September 1939.”

Poland was destroyed by the German Nazi Reich and Stalinist Russia

“Poland was attacked and destroyed by two interacting, allied totalitarian regimes filled with hatred, the German Nazi Reich and by Stalinist Russia, with its communism and Stalinism,” the President said.

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The Polish head of state stressed that the Soviet attack on Poland on September 17, 1939, completed the destruction of Poland, the loss of independence, sovereignty and the tragedy of the Polish nation, part of which was “under German occupation and terror, and the other part under Soviet, Stalinist occupation and terror”.

He pointed out that 2 million Poles were murdered, including Polish Army officers in Katyn, Kharkiv, Miednoye, Tver and in other places. “It was a crime aimed at destroying the Polish intelligentsia and thus the Polish nation,” President Duda said. He also drew attention to those who were deported to Siberia and died in gulags.

Soviet invasion of Poland

On 17 September 1939, breaking the Polish-Soviet non-aggression pact, the Red Army entered the territory of the Second Polish Republic. The Soviet invasion of Poland was the implementation of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact signed in Moscow on August 23, 1939, by the Foreign Minister of the Third Reich and the People’s Commissar of Foreign Affairs of the Soviet Union.

On September 17, 1939, the Soviets attacked Poland, joining Nazi Germany in the invasion.

From the start, the Soviets massacred POWs & the civilian population.

For 2 years, the Gestapo & NKVD cooperated in suppressing the resistance, torturing and murdering freedom fighters. pic.twitter.com/Q9zDhvkiaz

— Visegrád 24 (@visegrad24) September 17, 2022

After the USSR invaded Poland, more than 200,000 Poles were arrested, Soviet citizenship was imposed on all citizens and mass deportations to Siberia involving 1,350,000 Poles were conducted.

The Katyn Massacre took place after the Soviet aggression against Poland on 17 September 1939, when some 15,000 officers were taken prisoner in the USSR. The decision to murder them – as enemies of communism and the Soviet Union – was made at the highest level with Joseph Stalin in charge. The mass murders were carried out by the NKVD, among others, in the Katyń Forest, which has become a symbol of this crime. Approximately 22,000 Polish citizens were shot, including Polish Army officers, policemen, border guards, prison officers, and civilians belonging to the Polish intelligentsia.

On April 13th, 1943, it was revealed to the world that mass graves had been found in the Katyn Forrest in Russia.

After exhumations, it turned out that Moscow had ordered 22 000 Polish officers to be murdered by a shot to the head.

The Soviets thought nobody would ever find out pic.twitter.com/pOegglj3q1

— Visegrád 24 (@visegrad24) September 16, 2022

The crime was uncovered on April 13, 1943. However, The Soviet Union did not admit to the Katyn Massacre until April 13, 1990, when a communiqué from the TASS government agency officially confirmed that the Polish prisoners of war had been shot in the spring of 1940 by the NKVD.


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