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Rada passed declaration on 77th anniversary of Soviet invasion of Poland

A similar statement will be adopted by Sejm of Poland, and later by Lithuanian Seimas.

The Verkhovna Rada on Thursday, 20 October, adopted by 243 votes a declaration of solidarity and commemoration of the 77th anniversary of the Soviet invasion of Poland.

The statement, which must be approved by the Sejm of Poland later in the day, says that the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact of August 23, 1939 led to the beginning of World War II, occupation of Poland by Germany and the Soviet Union, the Soviet occupation of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, massive repressions and 50- year-old division of Europe.

"We remember that the weakness of the international response to the escalation before the Second World War, totalitarian and chauvinistic ideologies, lack of adequate reaction to the violations of international law by the aggressors, as well as appeasement policy encouraged the Communist and Nazi regimes to aggression, and, as a result - the division of Europe," reads the statement.

Ukrainian lawmakers say that a similar situation has developed in connection with the Russia's aggressive policy towards Ukraine.

"We call on all European partners to show unity and international solidarity and defend the united Europe against external aggression. We call on the people throughout Europe to be aware of the causes and consequences of World War II, and make joint efforts to protect the security and freedom," reads the statement.

It was originally expected that the Lithuanian parliament would pass a similar statement. However, Lithuania is currently holding elections and the current composition of the deputies will no longer have plenary sessions.

It is planned that the Lithuanian deputies join the statement during the first session in the second half of December.

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