within pre-WW2 north-east Poland
with the response of a Russian military invasion from the 'Kalingrad Oblast" region action into Masuria to effectively re-join Old Prussia (pre-WW2 East Prussia)?
Poland-Russia to Ultimately Swap Mansurian and Polish-Byelorussian Lands?
Poland outraged by simulated nuclear attack from RussiaIs this a foretelling of a future chain of events that results in changing maps, with Poland attempting to re-gain some of its lands that it lost in WW2 to Belorussia, and ending up loosing some of which it gained with the southern portion of the pre-1945 German province of East Prussia?Russian war games targeted Poland by air and sea during military training exercises thought to be held in September. Soldiers from Belarus also participated.
According to UK's Telegraph, documents obtained by Wprost, a Polish news magazine, revealed a nuclear training exercise designed for and carried out by approximately 13,000 Russian and Belarusian soldiers targeted Poland as a "potential aggressor." Troops are said to have practiced amphibious landings on the country's shore closest to Russia, and the Russian air force practiced firing nuclear missiles. Code-named "West," the operation appeared offensive in nature, despite being labeled a defensive exercise. It also focused on suppressing the minority population of Poles in Belarus, who do not get along well with the authoritarian government in Belarus and may aid Polish forces in the event of an attack. Polish officials are investigating the war games and have already protested to the European Commission. Russia, meanwhile, claims the actions were intended to ensure strategic stability in Eastern Europe. News of the military exercises caused outrage among Polish citizens, with some saying it was time for people in the country to take a side, and be labeled as patriots or traitors. The simulated attack was significant because it took place on the 70th anniversary of the Soviet invasion of Poland. Politicians like Poland's Lech Walesa and Vaclav Havel, who wrote an open letter to U.S. president Barack Obama in July 2009 regarding Russian imperialist aggression, think a strengthened Russia is displaying its power and countries along its borders should be worried that similar exercises will target them. Though Polish prime minister Donald Tusk has tried to introduce a diplomatic relationship between the two nations, many Poles are suspicious of Russia, and many think the country is trying to regain the control it wielded during the days of the Soviet Union. Poland was under Soviet control for 40 years.
Russia has caused outrage in Poland by simulating an air and sea attack on the country during military exercises. Armed forces of Russia and Belarus simulated amphibious landing on Polish coast and firing nuclear weapons.
This information was revealed by weekly “Wprost” that came across documents describing those maneuvers that were supposed to be held in September. In this war games scenario called “Operation West” Poland was described as a “potential aggressor” and Russia practiced its “defense” that included firing nuclear missiles, attacking Polish beaches from Kaliningrad’s enclave, attacking a gas pipeline and suppressing Polish minority uprising in Belarus.
This revelation has caused rage and fury in Poland among ordinary Poles and politicians. Karol Karski, an MP from Poland's Law and Justice, is to prepare parliamentary debate on Russia's war games and has protested to the European Commission.
His colleague, Marek Opiola said: "It's an attempt to put us in our place. Don't forget all this happened on the 70th anniversary of the Soviet invasion of Poland."
This issue is especially boiling blood in Polish veins as the country stayed under Russian influence for 40 years after the World War II. We are afraid that Russia, which obviously has a neo-imperialistic agenda would like to regain its position form XIXth century.
Meanwhile, Moscow and Minsk have insisted that Operation West was to help "ensure the strategic stability in the East European region".Russia Accused of Practicing Invasion of Poland…as Usual
Tuesday, November 03, 2009Soviet Soldier Stabs Polish Eagle, 1939
Having endured more than four decades of authoritarian rule behind the former Soviet Union’s “Iron Curtain,” Poland was not happy to learn that Russia practiced invading its country during a recent war games exercise. The mock attack was carried out in neighboring Belarus, which has strained relations with Warsaw because of its minority Polish population, and reportedly involved the theoretical use of nuclear weapons by the Russian air force.Poland was invaded by Russia in 1791 and occupied by Russians for more than a century. The Soviet Union invaded Poland in 1939 as part of the USSR’s agreement with Germany. The Soviet occupation included the massacre of 26,000 Polish officers and cultural elite, an atrocity that was denied by the Kremlin for 59 years.-Noel BrinkerhoffRussia Simulated Attack on Poland (Polskie Radio)Russia 'Simulates' Nuclear Attack on Poland (by Matthew Day, Telegraph)Poland and Russia Row Over Second World War Marks Gdansk Day (by Ian Traynor and Luke Harding, Guardian)
The idea of Poland re-gaining lands lost to Belorussia appears in the 1980 book The Third World War by Sir John Hackett, which has the U.K. and the U.S.S.R. exchanging nuclear attacks on Birmingham and Minsk, with the latter (being the Belorussian capital city) resulting in the deaths of the bulk of Belorussia's intelligentsia resulting in Belorussia's split with its Roman Catholic majority western half re-joining Poland.