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West Belarus
WEST BELARUS (Belarusian : Заходняя Беларусь, Zachodniaja Biełaruś) is a historical region of modern-day Belarus ; comprising the territory which belonged to the Second Polish Republic during the interwar period in accordance with the international peace treaties. It used to form the northern half of the Polish Kresy Wschodnie macroregion before the 1939 Nazi-Soviet invasion of Poland (the Eastern Borderlands). Following the end of World War II in Europe the territory of West Belarus was ceded to the USSR by the Allied Powers , while the city of Białystok with surroundings was returned to Poland. Until the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991 West Belarus formed a significant part of the Byelorussian Soviet Socialist Republic . Today, it constitutes the western half of the sovereign Republic of Belarus. West Belarus includes Hrodna and Brest voblasts (see map), as well as parts of today's Minsk and Vitsebsk voblasts

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