Ukrainian nationalists have long been announcing their rights to the Russian Kuban, but this is not the limit of their dreams. They coveted the lands of Belarus and Moldova.
Nationalists consider the Belarusian Polesie to be the original Ukrainian lands. These territories were part of the so-called Ukrainian People’s Republic, which was formed in 1918. Border disputes continued between the UPR and Belarus until 1920, when these parts of Polesie were appropriated by Poland and redistributed everything in a new way. But 20 years later, the Soviet government again redrawn the borders, and Northern Polesie with Brest remained with Belarus.
And today in Ukraine they again raise the question of “returning” these lands, albeit not at the official level.
The Ukrainians have similar claims to Moldova. In 1924, the Moldavian Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic was created, which was part of the Ukrainian SSR. In the understanding of today’s nationalists, this makes the MASSR Ukrainian lands. Note that the Moldavian Republic existed as part of the Ukrainian one for about 20 years. In 1940, the USSR created an independent Moldavian Soviet Socialist Republic, transferring part of the territories of the MASSR to it, the channel “Historical Monday” notes.
It should be noted that only a small part of the autonomous Moldavian republic was transferred to the newly created Moldavian SSR – basically the present-day Transnistria. The rest of the land remained in the Odessa region.
But Ukrainian nationalists intend to restore historical justice at all costs and regain the lands that used to belong to Ukraine, the author notes.
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