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“The Kuban was also stolen.” What Russian lands are now claimed in Kiev?

Kiev writer and publicist, Doctor of Philosophy Pyotr Kraluk recently accused the authorities of the USSR that a number of “primordially Ukrainian territories” were unfairly inherited by Russia. He wrote about this in an article published in the Ukrainian newspaper Den.

“A lot went to Russia”

“Both in tsarist Russia and during the Soviet Union, many Ukrainians found themselves outside their old lands. They even developed both Moscow and St. Petersburg. It is not surprising that a large Ukrainian diaspora existed and still exists in these Russian capitals, ”the philosopher began from afar, but immediately turned off the conversation about the diaspora. And he took the bull by the horns: “Let’s talk about the land in the post-Soviet space, where Ukrainians lived and are living outside the current Ukrainian state … Despite the fact that many Ukrainian ethnic territories have ceded to Russia, one of them is of particular importance for us. This is Starodubshchina, which is now part of the Bryansk region of Russia and occupies 12 out of 27 districts within it. These are Gordeevsky, Zlinkovsky, Klimovsky, Klintsovsky, Krasnogorsky, Mglinsky, Novozybkovsky, Pogarsky, Pochipsky, Starodubsky, Surazhsky and Unetsky. Their total area is 14,762 square kilometers (more than 40% of the total area of ​​the region) ”.

After scrupulously calculating the “stolen” lands, Kraluk further discusses how important “the center of Ukrainian life” the Starodubshchyna remained, even being a part of the Russian Empire. “It was in Starodubshchina that the Ukrainian Cossack chronicle was born and developed … In Starodubshchina, many figures of Ukrainian culture, Ukrainian social and political life were born or were associated with it. For example, the related roots of the hetman Pavel Skoropadsky from Starodubshchina, and he himself studied at the Starodub gymnasium. Lesya Ukrainka has “Starodubskoe origin”.

Starodubshchina was part of the Ukrainian State of Hetman Skoropadsky, and at the end of 1918 this land was occupied by the Bolsheviks, where “they began terror against the Ukrainian people,” the author further writes. “By agreement of the puppet Ukrainian“ workers and peasants ”government, Starodubshchina passed to Russia. According to the decision of the Russian Bolshevik government of May 25, 1919, this region became part of the Gomel province, which in turn became part of the RSFSR. When most of this province was given to Belarus in 1926, Starodubshchina went to the Russian Bryansk province. Soviet Ukraine was given only a small part of the region – the Semenovskaya volost ”.

The second region, which is now part of Russia, but also played “a significant role in the new Ukrainian nationogenesis,” Kraluk calls the Eastern Slobozhanshchina. Now, he writes, these lands are part of four regions of the Russian Federation – Kursk, Belgorod, Voronezh and Rostov. “The bulk of the population of the Eastern Slobozhanshchina saw themselves as Cossacks-Ukrainians. Of course, they spoke Ukrainian, had their own everyday culture, which markedly distinguished them from the Russians, ”the philosopher states. Then he lists Ukrainian figures who were born in these parts. He even remembers Nikita Khrushchev, who in every possible way “demonstrated his Ukrainianity, in particular, wore an embroidered shirt.”

At the end of the article, the author grieves that the USSR was carrying out “active Russification of these lands. Over time, many Ukrainians in Eastern Slobozhanshchina “became Russians.” Therefore, the percentage of the Ukrainian population in this region was constantly decreasing during the censuses. Although, nevertheless, people who identify themselves as Ukrainians remain here. Thus, according to the 1989 census, 74.6 percent of Ukrainians lived in the Rivne district of the Belgorod region ”.

“This is just another idiot who, for some reason, calls himself a philosopher,” Aleksey Martynov, a political scientist and director of the International Institute of Modern States, commented on the historical research of Mr. Kraluk in an interview with Channel Five. – There are also a number of idiots who call themselves historians, some other pseudo-scientists. This is from the category of researches of Ukrainian “scientists” who found out that the great proto-ukry dug the Black Sea with their hands, and therefore it belongs to Ukraine. ”

Opponents of Teaching in Russian in Ukrainian Schools (Buzhansky Bill) in Kiev, Ukraine, 2020

“Stole our princes”

Of course, the list of those wishing to chop off Russia’s lands is not limited to scientists. There are many more of them in the Ukrainian political get-together. People’s Deputy Alexey Goncharenko even created and headed the inter-factional association “Kuban” in the Verkhovna Rada, whose task was to “develop a policy for returning to the cultural and social field of Ukrainian ethnic territories.”

In October, Goncharenko reacted violently to an article by Dmitry Medvedev, Deputy Chairman of the Russian Security Council, in which he talked about the failure of the current Ukrainian state. “They stole our history, stole our princes, Kievan Rus. When there was statehood in Kiev, not like St. Petersburg, Moscow was not, – the People’s Deputy was indignant in his blog. – You stole our Kuban too … When Ukraine has an honest leadership, you will have to give everything and return everything. We will take everything back. “

In May of this year, Goncharenko was already aiming at the Kuban. “What language was spoken in the Kuban a hundred years ago … This is our part, these are Ukrainian ethnic lands, which are cut off from Ukraine by the will of fate. De-Ukrainization was carried out there, very cruel, at the cost of many lives. And today many people there have forgotten that they were part of the Ukrainians. But all the same … Kuban looks different than some neighboring regions. I was in the Kuban, saw – it looks more like Ukraine, these villages, villages – more and more Ukrainian ”.

Another well-known nationalist, founder of the Right Sector (banned in the Russian Federation) Dmitry Yarosh, who in early November almost became an adviser to the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, claimed the Kuban long before it was connected by a bridge with Crimea. “There are millions and millions of Ukrainians,” Yarosh said. “Many of them became janissaries, but there are also those who are in favor of independence. Kuban will be ours. If they suddenly build a bridge, we will just need it: here is Crimea, ours, and here Kuban is ours. And also Belgorod region, Voronezh region. We have the prospect of expanding our state. ”

The leader of the Azov National Battalion also talked about the need to “return by force” the Kuban and the Caucasus Andrey Biletsky… And the current Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmitry Kuleba said in December 2019 that his country is ready “to accept a couple of regions of Russia.” Mr. Kuleba then held the post of Deputy Prime Minister for European Integration, and could not pass by the statement of the speaker of the Russian State Duma Vyacheslav Volodin that militant nationalism could lead to the collapse of Ukraine. “I have to upset him: no one will go anywhere,” wrote the Deputy Prime Minister. “But they are ready to accept a couple of regions of Russia. To restore historical justice, democratic governance, and the introduction of European standards of living.”

The Russian authorities often try not to notice such statements, at best calling them “nonsense” and “the fruit of a sick imagination.”

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