WARSAW, Poland (AP) The U.S. ambassador in Warsaw came to Polands defense today following repeated claims by Russian President Vladimir Putin that Poland bears blame for the outbreak of World War II.
Dear President Putin, Hitler and Stalin colluded to start WWII. That is a fact. Poland was a victim of this horrible conflict, Ambassador Georgette Mosbacher said on Twitter in English and Polish though not in Russian.
World War II began Sept. 1, 1939, when Nazi German troops invaded Poland. Two weeks later, the Soviet Red Army invaded from the east, in what Poles still call a stab in the back. The dual occupation came days after the Nazi and Soviet regimes had signed a pact with a secret protocol to carve up Poland and the Baltic states. Some six million Polish citizens were killed in the war, with Poland putting up resistance throughout.