Bulgarians apologize for Soviet-led invasion

Associated Press
People stand in front of a Soviet Army monument colored pink by unknown people to mark the anniversary of the Prague Spring with an inscription in Bulgarian and Czech below reading "Bulgaria apologizes." in Sofia, Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013. Bulgaria, which marched in lock step with the Soviet Union for decades, was the first country to insist on the invasion and the last one to formally apologize for its participation – with a declaration of Parliament in 1990, and in 1997, during a presidential visit to Prague. (AP Photo/Valentina Petrova)
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SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Unknown artists have painted a Soviet Army monument in Sofia pink in honor of the anniversary of the Prague Spring.

Residents of the capital discovered Wednesday morning that the figures of Soviet soldiers had been brightly colored. An inscription in Bulgarian and Czech below read "Bulgaria apologizes."

On Aug. 21, 1968, armies of five Warsaw Pact countries — the Soviet Union, Poland, Hungary, Bulgaria and East Germany — invaded Czechoslovakia to crush democratic reforms known as the Prague Spring. The invaders killed 108 people while 500 were seriously injured.

Bulgaria, which marched in lockstep with the Soviet Union for decades, was the first country to insist on the invasion and the last one to formally apologize for its participation — in 1990.

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