Zelensky asked “very distant relatives” not to encroach on the inheritance of Kievan Rus – after Putin’s article on the unity of Russians and Ukrainians
On July 28, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy recorded a video message on the Day of the Baptism of Kievan Rus – Ukraine , in which, as suggested by the Russian media, he commented on an article by Russian President Vladimir Putin on the unity of Russians and Ukrainians.
Zelensky said that Kievan Rus is “not a part of our history, this is our history,” and the Ukrainian people “do not need to prove this with historical treatises, works, articles.”
Kievan Rus is the mother of our history. 24 regions of Ukraine and the Crimean peninsula are her own children. And they are rightfully her heirs. And cousins and very distant relatives do not need to encroach on her inheritance. And try to prove your involvement in history for thousands of years and thousands of events, being from the places where they took place, thousands of kilometers away.
June 30, Vladimir Putin during a straight line said that “the Ukrainian and Russian – it’s all one people.” On July 12, the website of the Russian presidential administration published an article by Putin “On the historical unity of Russians and Ukrainians” ( in Russian and Ukrainian ), in which he explained his statement. In the note, the Russian president, among other things, wrote that “Russians, Ukrainians, and Belarusians are the heirs of Ancient Rus”.
After Putin’s direct line, Vladimir Zelensky, commenting on his words, said that if Ukrainians and Russians were one people, then “in Moscow, most likely, hryvnia would circulate, and a yellow-blue flag would fly over the State Duma”. On July 13, the day after the publication of Putin’s article, Zelensky said that he was “pleased that the person knows the Ukrainian language,” and also promised to analyze the material and prepare an answer to it.