Brest in Belarus

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Monument of Courage in Brest Fortress © Alexxx Malev/cc-by-sa-4.0

Monument of Courage in Brest Fortress © Alexxx Malev/cc-by-sa-4.0

Brest, formerly Brest-Litovsk, is a city (population 350,600 in 2019) in Belarus at the border with Poland opposite the Polish city of Terespol, where the Bug and Mukhavets rivers meet, making it a border town. It is the capital city of the Brest Region.

Brest is a historical site for many cultures, as it hosted important historical events, such as the Union of Brest and Treaty of Brest-Litovsk. Furthermore, the Brest Fortress was recognized by the Soviet Union as a Hero Fortress in honour of the defense of Brest Fortress in June 1941.

Brest Fortress © Alexxx Malev/cc-by-sa-3.0 © flickr.com - Adam Jones/cc-by-sa-2.0 Kholm Gate of the Brest Fortress © Alexxx Malev/cc-by-sa-3.0 Holocaust memorial © Vadim Akopyan © panoramio.com - alinco_fan/cc-by-3.0 © panoramio.com - alinco_fan/cc-by-3.0 Monument of Courage in Brest Fortress © Alexxx Malev/cc-by-sa-4.0 © Mortier.Daniel/cc-by-sa-4.0 © panoramio.com - Dima Sugonyaev/cc-by-sa-3.0
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Monument of Courage in Brest Fortress © Alexxx Malev/cc-by-sa-4.0
From Late Middle Ages to 1795, the city was part of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, which later became a part of the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth from 1569. In 1795, it was incorporated into the Russian Empire with the Third Partition of Poland. After World War I, the city became part of by the Second Polish Republic. In 1939, during the Invasion of Poland by Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union, the city was first captured by the Wehrmacht and soon passed on to the USSR per the German–Soviet Frontier Treaty. In 1941, it was retaken by the Germans during Operation Barbarossa. In 1944, it was taken by the Soviet Red Army during the Lublin–Brest offensive. The city was in the Belarusian SSR until the breakup of the USSR in 1991. Since then, Brest has been part of Belarus.

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