Disinfo: The Baltic states, Ukraine and Poland revise history for political revenge against Russia

Summary

The main initiators of historical revisionism and denial of truth about the liberation of their territory are the Baltic States, Ukraine and Poland. It is clear that these countries pursue not military, but political revanchism. The current position of these countries (denial of the role of the USSR in WWII, denial of the role of the Red Army in the destruction of Nazis) fuels to their confrontation with Russia.

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This message is part of the Kremlin’s policy of historical revisionism – it accuses the Baltic states, Ukraine and Poland in “falsification and re-writing” of their history.

The official position of Poland, Ukraine and the Baltic states regarding WWII is based on facts, shared by the predominant majority of historians. Both Nazi Germany and the Stalinist USSR were harsh totalitarian regimes, which directly caused the deaths of tens of millions of people. Secondly, these two regimes are mutually responsible for the outbreak of WWII.

It is a fact that the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact contained the Secret Supplementary Protocol, which assumed the division of Poland and other Eastern European countries between the USSR and Germany. Thus, the signing of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact enabled the German and Soviet military aggression against Poland in September 1939, which resulted in the occupation of this country by Germany and USSR, triggering the beginning of WWII.

See similar examples of the Russian accusations against Poland, Ukraine and the Baltic states in falsification and re-writing of history - Poland creates and promotes its historical myths in an active and aggressive way; Poland and Lithuania question the status of Russia as a country who won WWII; President Duda and President Zelensky promote propaganda and Poland tries to adjust history to politics, misinterpreting the historical facts.

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  • Reported in: Issue 186
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 26/02/2020
  • Outlet language(s) Polish
  • Country: Poland, Baltic states, Ukraine, Russia
  • Keywords: Historical revisionism, Anti-Russian, USSR, WWII, Russophobia, Nazi/Fascist
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