Putin: Kharkiv and Odessa are not Ukraine. There is permission to bring in troops
12:30, — Politics
Russia’s president laid out new territorial claims.
South-eastern regions of Ukraine, according to him, were conquered by Russian military leaders and given under control of Kyiv “in mid-twenties of past century”. “These are Kharkiv, Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson, Mykolaiv, Odessa were not parts of Ukraine in the tsarist times. These are all territories, given away by the Soviet government in the twenties. Why they did that, God knows”, - Russia’s president claimed during a direct line session taking place today.
He also commented on the possibility of bringing Russian troops in the territory of continental Ukraine. “One should not be euphoric after Crimea”, - he stated.
At the same time Putin emphasized that he had permission to bring in troops in Ukraine. “I would remind that the Federation Council provided the president of Russia with the right to use armed forces in the territory of Ukraine. I strongly hope that I will not have to use this right and that we will be able to solve all the pressing issues of today in Ukraine with political and diplomatic means”, - he said.
Together with that Vladimir Putin pointed out that Russia should do everything possible to help the residents of Ukraine’s eastern regions. “We definitely know that we should do everything possible and help these people protect their rights and determine their destiny”, - he said.
Photo: AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky
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