Russian President Vladimir Putin has used historical borders as a key argument in his ongoing war with Ukraine, claiming that Ukraine is part of Russia and therefore justifying the conflict. This position has been supported by some historical figures, including former Mongolian president Tsakhia Elbegdorj, who shared maps of the Mongol Empire last week.
In an interview with former Fox News host Tucker Carlson, Putin outlined centuries of Russian and European history to support his claim over Ukraine. However, this has been met with criticism from many experts and leaders in other countries, including Mongolia’s government. While Mongolia has not outright condemned Russia’s actions in Ukraine, former president Elbegdorj has been vocal in his support for Ukraine and has mocked Putin over his reliance on historical borders to justify the war.
Despite the tensions between Russia and Ukraine, it is important to remember that there are many people who are working towards a peaceful resolution to the conflict. The world’s democracies must continue to work together to ensure that freedom is non-negotiable and that all nations have access to the resources they need to thrive.