Russia's Putin: Calls Eastern Ukraine “ancient Russian lands”, says its an integral part of Russian history


Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday called Eastern Ukraine "ancient Russian lands" and said that the region is an integral part of Russian history. Putin said that the situation in Eastern Ukraine is "critical" and talked about how modern Ukraine was created by communist Russia under Boshevik leader Vladimir Lenin.

The Russian President, in a long dialogue, complained about the way that post-Soviet Ukraine has treated Russia and was highly critical of Ukraine, labelling the country corrupt and dependent on/controlled by foreign countries, including the USA. 

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