Putin Sees 'Wall' in Relations Between Russia and Ukraine as 'Great Common Misfortune, Tragedy' | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Putin Sees 'Wall' in Relations Between Russia and Ukraine as 'Great Common Misfortune, Tragedy'

Relations between Russia and Ukraine deteriorated to a historic low in the aftermath of the February 2014 Maidan coup d'etat, during which Ukraine's democratically elected government was toppled by pro-EU and pro-US forces. The coup led Crimea to break off from Kiev and rejoin Russia, and sparked a civil war in eastern Ukraine.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has indicated that he sees the current "wall" in relations between the Russian and Ukrainian peoples as a "great common misfortune and tragedy."

In an essay published on the president's official website on Monday entitled "On the Historical Unity of Russians and Ukrainians," Putin accused the West of directly interfering in Ukraine's domestic affairs in 2014, and suggested that aggressive Russophobia peddled by ultra nationalists began to form the country's state politics since that time.

"Recently, while answering a question during my Direct Line Q&A session about Russian-Ukrainian relations, I said that Russians and Ukrainians are one people – a common whole. These words are not a tribute to some kind of conjecture, to political circumstances of the moment. I have spoken about this more than once before, this is my conviction," Putin wrote.

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