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Putin rewrites history to justify war: How Vladimir’s claims that Russia created Ukraine are FALSE 

Russian President Vladimir Putin laid out his version of Ukraine’s history, saying on Monday essentially that Ukraine was always part of Russia. While that serves his purpose, it is also a fiction. Ukraine has its own thousand-year history.

What is now Ukraine was a contested region of shifting borders for centuries dating back to a Viking trading centre more than 1,000 years ago.

The region did not come completely under Moscow’s rule until late in the 18th century during the reign of Catherine the Great, and even then the Russian Empire was never able to swallow it easily or completely.

In his present-day effort to bring an independent, Western-looking Ukraine back into Russia’s orbit, Putin is following a well-trod path of many of Russia’s rulers before him – from Peter the Great to…

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