“The Soviet invasion of Poland was a military operation by the Soviet Union without a formal declaration of war…
The Red Army, which vastly outnumbered the Polish defenders, achieved its targets encountering only limited resistance. Some 320,000 Polish prisoners of war had been captured.
The campaign of mass persecution in the newly acquired areas began immediately. In November 1939 the Soviet government ostensibly annexed the entire Polish territory under its control. Some 13.5 million Polish citizens who fell under the military occupation were made into new Soviet subjects following show elections conducted by the NKVD secret police in the atmosphere of terror.” (Wikipedia)
Moscow used similar rhetoric when occupying Ukraine in 2014
Any similarities with the way Crimea was occupied? Any comparison with what has been going on in that peninsular?
Usually, when Moscow says it is going to defend someone, it means it is going to occupy and kill a lot of people. Like in Katyn Massacre.
And thousands of people it had proclaimed it was going to defend:
“..in Lviv, Lutsk, Stanislav, Dubno and in dozens of other cities in Western Ukraine there began a mass execution of political prisoners. During the first two weeks of the war, more than 21 thousand people were shot by the NKVD in the prisons of Western Ukraine. With the eastward departure of the Red Army, mass executions took place in Vinnytsia, Uman, Kyiv and other cities.” (Ukraine in WWII)