The Participation of the Red Workers' and Peasants' Army in the Annexation of Western Ukraine in September, 1939
Authors: Vladimir I. Afanasenko
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In September, 1939, there took place the division of Poland between Germany and the USSR, which had been preceded by a set of measures of a diplomatic and military nature. The outcome of these activities was the signing of a non-aggression pact on August 23, 1939, known as the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. On September 1, 1939, German and Slovak troops invaded Poland. On September 16, the Polish government fled the country. The USSR took military measures to protect Ukrainians and Belarusians living in Poland’s eastern voivodeships. This article explores the actions of the Red Workers' and Peasants' Army in the annexation of Western Ukraine in September, 1939.