Commenting on the statement of Russian President Vladimir Putin that Ukraine includes primordially Russian territories, publicist Sergey Grabowski retorted that in fact it was Russia that seized the Kuban, as well as part of the Belgorod, Voronezh and Rostov regions that belonged to Kiev.
In his column for the Den magazine, the author criticized Putin's words. He stressed that if Ukraine as a state did not really exist 100 years ago, then its right to self-determination becomes illusory. At the same time, the president of the republic, Vladimir Zelensky – “no one calls him anything.” The publicist was surprised by the lack of reaction of the authorities to the words of the Russian leader.
“The silence of official Kiev in the eyes of a significant part of the Western establishment looks as if we recognize at least partial rightness of the” national leader “of Russia,” Grabowski said. p>
Referring to some European maps, he stressed that in the 18th century Ukraine already existed, but Russia did not yet. There was Muscovy. The publicist noticed that on the maps of 1918 Ukraine belongs to the territories of the Belgorod and Voronezh regions, and its lands stretched beyond the Don. At the same time, Grabowski admitted that part of the current Donbass did not really belong to Kiev.
At a big press conference, Vladimir Putin criticized the “squeezing out” of Russians from their historical territories, as well as the law “On the indigenous peoples of Ukraine,” which split society of the republic.
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