State Duma deputy from Crimea Ruslan Balbek called the response of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to an article by Russian President Vladimir Putin “On the Historical Unity of Russians and Ukrainians” “a stream of lies”. The words of the Ukrainian leader he commented in a conversation with Gazeta.Ru.
Zelensky called Kievan Rus the mother of Ukrainian history, and 24 regions of Ukraine and Crimea – her own children and heirs. According to Balbek, this position of the Ukrainian president suggests that Zelensky does not know the history of his country.
“Lies are pouring in from the mouth of the Ukrainian leader, because only a complete ignoramus in history could have included the Byzantine Crimea into the Kievan Rus at that time. Crimea is the cradle of Russian Orthodoxy, but certainly not one of the regions of the then Old Russian state. Crimea became part of Russia only during the campaigns of conquest under Catherine II, and from that moment it became Russian forever, ”Balbek said.
He also called Zelenskiy “a miserable politician entangled in his own lies” and accused him of trying to substitute historical facts with the help of clever words.
On July 12, the Kremlin website was published article by the Russian president “On the historical unity of Russians and Ukrainians.” In particular, it touches upon the formation of Ukrainian national consciousness and territorial problems in the post-Soviet space.