Czech Republic recognizes Soviet troops enter in 1968 as occupation

Source : 112 Ukraine

145 people's deputies out of 156 voted for it
15:41, 23 August 2018

Ceske Noviny

Czech Parliament recognized bringing the USSR and Warsaw Pact members’ troops to Czechoslovakia as an intervention in 1968, occupation and violation of the international law, as Ceskenoviny reports.

“It is necessary that the proposed resolution becomes a clear sign for the community. A clear message to people and other states, including Russia. The message which says that we do not accept recent comments on the events of 1968, which distort its actual sense,” the leader of the Christian Democratic Union faction Jan Bartošek, who initiated the voting, said. 

Only the representatives of the Communist party stood against the resolution. One of them called the resolution absurd, as "Russia is not the Soviet Union and Putin is not Brezhnev".

Related: Nationalists paint Soviet monument in Lviv

Soviet and Warsaw Pact members’ (except Romania) troops invaded Czechoslovakia in August-September 1968. The events of that year are known as “Operation Danube”. Soviet military presence lasted till 1991.

108 citizens of Czechoslovakia were murdered, 500 civilians were injured as a result of the invasion. 100 people from the Soviet side died.

Moreover, yesterday the leaders of Latvia and Estonia discussed reimbursement from Russia for damage the Soviet occupation caused.

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