Disinfo: Poland was liberated thanks to the Soviet Army

Summary

The Soviet Army liberated Warsaw on January 17, 1945, during the Vistula-Oder offensive. The liberation of the city allowed the Soviet forces to rush strongly and decisively towards the borders of Germany.

During the Warsaw liberation process, about 200,000 Soviet soldiers fell.

Disproof

While the Red Army's contribution to the liberation of Poland is a fact, it did not achieve it single-handedly as is often suggested by pro-Kremlin narratives. The article fails to notice that there was a strong resistance movement in Poland, the Home Army, Armia Krajowa. It was one of the largest resistance groups in occupied Europe, numbering over 350,000 soldiers. In August 1944, as the Red Army was approaching the Eastern Suburbs of Warsaw, Armia Krajowa organised an uprising against the Nazis. But the Soviet advance stopped, allowing Germans to regroup and destroy the city during the suppression of the uprising, which lasted 63 days. The Home Army was disbanded on 19 of January 1945 to avoid civil war and armed conflict with the Soviets.

Red Army's presence in Poland resulted in a repressive communist regime set up by the Soviet Union.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 181
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 17/01/2020
  • Language/target audience: Arabic
  • Country: USSR, Poland
  • Keywords: Red Army, Historical revisionism, WWII
  • Outlet: RT Arabic, Glgamesh, Face Iraq, Akhbar 24, Sahafah Net, Hawel al-Iraq
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Disproof

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