As seen in the Epoch Times, a paper that is at once rather lefty and very much anti-communist (which is possible):
Poland’s parliament passed a resolution on Wednesday intended to officially set the record straight on events surrounding the outbreak of the Second World War.
“On 17th September, 1939, the army of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) commenced hostilities within the territory of the Republic of Poland, without formal declaration of war, violating Poland’s sovereignty and breaking international law. The basis for the Red Army’s invasion was the Ribbentrop-Molotov Pact, signed on 23rd August, 1939, by representatives of the USSR and Nazi Germany,” reads the resolution.
While Nazi Germany’s blitzkrieg invasion of Poland on Sept. 1, 1939, also without formal declaration of war, has never been contested by the German government as an act of aggression that initiated World War II, Russia has never officially admitted that the Soviet Union’s invasion of Poland two weeks and two days after the German one was a parallel act of aggression in complicity with Nazi forces. The Russians maintain instead that it was “liberating” and “protecting” the local populace from the Germans.
A bold move, yet at the same time very appropriate. I say it’s bold not because it flies in the face of any truth, but because of Poland’s centuries-long tension with Russia. Depending on the century, since the first millennium (C.E.) Poland was either a part of Russia, Germany-Prussia, some or all of the above, or wholly independent. Since the collapse of the U.S.S.R. and the accompanying dissolution of the Warsaw Pact in 1991, Poland has been a free state, but not wholly free of Russian influence. As the great bear of Eurasia continues to find itself, it will be curious to watch the two states interact.