Russia and Eastern Europe

Russia and the Former Soviet States

What role did Russia play in World War II

Russia was the target of Germany’s war machine on its eastern front. More people were killed during Germany’s war with Russia—30 million people (20 million of whom were civilians) lost their lives between 1941 and 1945—than in all other theaters of World War II combined. Without the active participation of the Russian military against the Nazis, the outcome of the war in Europe may have been drastically different.


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