Korean War

Soviet Superpower

Russia 1951.0125

Korean War

The Cold War from the Soviet Union's view (25 January 1951)

Historical Map of Russia & the former Soviet Union

At the end of World War II, Korea had been divided into a communist North and a pro-Western South. In June 1950, North Korea invaded the South, sparking the first major war of the Cold War. The U.S. and its allies came to South Korea's aid, but their counter-invasion of the North was turned back by a massive intervention by China. By mid-1951, the line between the Koreas was roughly back to where it had been at the start and an armistice was signed in 1953.

Main Events

Dissolution of East Turkestan Republic

People's Republic of China dissolves East Turkestan Republic; Soviet Union retains concessions in region

Outbreak of Korean War

People's Democratic Republic of Korea invades Republic of Korea

UN Offensive in Korea

United Nations, led by United States, counterattack against North Korean forces

Chinese intervene in Korea

Chinese People's Volunteer Army drives UN forces in Korea back across 38th parallel

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