Today falls the 81st anniversary of the start of Operation Barbarossa, the invasion of the Soviet Union by Nazi Germany. A surprise invasion, given that Berlin and Moscow were allies, since 1939, thanks to the Pact sanctioned by Molotov and Ribbentrop, and the secret Protocol that accompanied it for the division of the middle lands (not only Poland, but also the Baltics, Finland and Romania). Pact, the one signed in a Moscow adorned with swastika flags on August 23, 1939, which resulted, in a short time, in the entry of the Germans in western Poland (on September 1) and in that of the Red Army in the Eastern Poland (September 17). For Moscow, June 22 is the “Day of Remembrance and Mourning”, “the anniversary of the beginning of the Great Patriotic War”, of the defensive resistance to the German forces which ended, after enduring enormous suffering, also by civilians, in Stalingrad and Leningrad first of all, with the victory of May 9, 1945. But the war in Moscow had actually begun two years earlier, as an offensive war against the east of Poland, an invasion that, well before of Vladimir Putin – who today placed a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in the Alexander Gardens, at the foot of the Kremlin walls – the rhetoric of power in Moscow, already in Soviet times, has left out, in favor of the just war against Nazism. Putin bowed, placed bows on the wreath of red roses, honored the memory of fallen soldiers with a minute’s silence, in a ceremony attended by war veterans, soldiers who took part in the special military operation in Ukraine, graduates of military academies, says the statement sent by TASS in which it is reiterated that today we are celebrating the “beginning” of the war. Operation Barbarossa should have ended quickly, in Hitler’s intentions. This was not the case. It lasted for 1,418 terrible days and resulted in 25 million deaths. On June 22, 1941, German bombers first hit the trains of Polish Soviet prisoners. But Poland and the Soviet Union turned into allies that day, given the common German enemy, even if in the previous two years the Soviets had prosecuted about 500,000 Poles: they had deported 315,000, arrested another 110,000, executed 30,000, plus the 25,000 dead during the imprisonment. On 22 September 1939, military units of the Wehrmacht and the Red Army had celebrated the joint conquest of Poland together with a military parade in Brest-Litovsk, along the demarcation line provided for in point two of the secret protocol of the Molotov Ribbentrov Pact. But on June 22, 1941, three million German soldiers, in three groups of armies, crossed that same line to enter the Baltics, Ukraine and Belarus. Between these two dates, September 17, 1939 – the day when 500,000 Red Army soldiers entered Poland on what Moscow regarded as a “peace mission” to protect Belarusians and Ukrainians residing in Poland – and the June 22, 1941, the Red Army invaded the Baltics, Finland, Bessarabia, northern Bukovina. Eighty-one years later, yesterday, in the middle of the night, Russian military forces bombed the city of Kharkiv in what they regard as a “special military operation” to denazify Ukraine. “Bombing at 4.30 am. Word of war banned. Others. Countries accused of aggression. The psychiatrists of the future will examine how it was possible, after the cult of the Second World War was built for years, that Russia rewrote bloody pages of history and every step by step of the Nazis. The next is known : it is a court “, commented the Advisor to the Ukrainian President, Mykhailo Pololyak, denouncing the mystification of history by Moscow.
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