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kyiv is a Russian city – former president – ​​RT Russia and the former Soviet Union

Dmitry Medvedev ridiculed Ukrainian wishes to “return” Crimea and called the country’s capital itself a historical part of Russia

Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Sunday recalled the Russian past of the city of kyiv in response to repeated promises by senior Ukrainian officials to “come back” the Crimean peninsula.

“Sometimes you have to respond to the statements of the enemy not only diplomatically or allegorically,” Medvedev wrote on his Telegram channel.

Various cockroaches that were bred in the kyiv insectarium constantly threaten to “return to Crimea”. Well, their goals are clear: to cheer up the tamed insects and show the insectary owner that they are still very capable of racing cockroaches for a piece of food.

Ukrainian leaders are not in a position to talk about the “come back” of Crimea, suggested the former president, explaining that kyiv itself is, in fact, a Russian city.

Medvedev listed “indisputable facts” about the city, saying kyiv was “the capital of ancient Rus”, as good as “a great small Russian city within the Russian Empire”, and “a capital of a republic of the USSR.”

In Kyiv, “People always thought and spoke Russian. To clarify what should be returned and where, “ Medvedev, who is now the deputy head of the country’s Security Council, concluded.

The remarks come as senior Ukrainian officials have repeatedly pledged to restore Ukraine to its borders from 1991, fully “to care” its lands and seizing the Crimean peninsula from Russia. The most recent statement on the matter came from Kyiv’s Deputy Defense Minister Vladimir Gavrilov in an interview with Sky News on Saturday.

“I think Russia can deal with a black swan in their country… and that can contribute to [our] success with Crimea”, said Gavrilov. “We can enter Crimea, for example, by the end of December. Possible? Possible. Not excluding that it is so.

Crimea broke away from Ukraine and voted to join Russia shortly after the 2014 coup in Kyiv. Last October, four other former Ukrainian territories, the people’s republics of Donetsk and Lugansk, as well as the regions of Kherson and Zaporozhye, were incorporated into Russia following referendums.

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