Soviet occupation of Bessarabia and Northern Bukovina

Soviet Occupation Of Bessarabia And Northern Bukovina

Soviet occupation of Bessarabia and Northern Bukovina

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During June 28 - July 4, 1940, the Soviet Red Army military occupied the formerly Romanian held regions of Bessarabia, Northern Bukovina, and Hertsa, after the Romanian government agreed to evacuate its troops and administration.

The Soviet Union had planned to accomplish the annexation with a full-scale invasion, but the Romanian government, under a Soviet ultimatum delivered on June 26, agreed to withdraw from the territories in order to avoid a military conflict. Germany, who had acknowledged the Soviet interest in Bessarabia in a secret protocol to the 1939 Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, had been made aware prior of the planned ultimatum on June 24, but had not informed the Romanian authorities, nor was willing to provide support. The Fall of France on 22 June is considered an important factor in the Soviet decision to issue the ultimatums.Joseph Rothschild, University of Washington Press, Seattle, 1977; ISBN 0925953578, p.314

On August 2, 1940, the Moldavian Soviet Socialist Republic was...
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