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A senior Russian security official is said to have called for the occupation of Georgia after the “liberation of Kiev” on Monday evening, although Russian officials claim the Telegram message was a “hacked” post.
In a message reportedly aired for just 10 minutes before it was taken down, the account of Deputy Chairman of the Security Council of the Russian Federation, Dmitry Medvedev, made one of the most egregious calls for the reunification of the Soviet Union since the war in Ukraine. began.
“After the liberation of Kiev and all areas of Little Rus from the groups of nationalists who preach their invented Ukrainianness, Rus will be united again,” Medvedev is said to have said, according to the Ukrainian news channel Pravda. the next campaign to restore the borders of our motherland.”
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The post went on to claim that “Georgia had never existed before its reunification with the Russian Empire in 1801 and that the Central Asian nation of Kazakhstan was “an artificial state”.
The message has been removed and according to a spokesperson for Medvedev, the message was posted by hackers.
“Those who hacked his page yesterday … will be dealt with by the social network’s administration and what is appropriate,” a spokesperson reportedly told Russian news channel RIA Novosti.
Medvedev does not appear to have publicly responded to the post.
Russia is embroiled in the most brutal war in Europe since World War II, but Russian President Vladimir Putin has refused to refer to his invasion as anything other than a “special military operation.”
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The Kremlin head has not formally set out his real intention in Ukraine and has instead claimed that Russia is “de-Nazizing” its southern neighbor — claims that Ukraine and western countries have flatly rejected.
Although Putin once again attracted international attention in June following comments he made when he compared himself to Tsar Peter the Great.
In tribute to the 350th anniversary of the Tsar’s birth, Putin drew comparisons between his offensive in Ukraine and Russia’s expansion under Peter the Great.
“Apparently, it was also up to us to return and fortify (Russia.) And if we start from the fact that these basic values are the foundation of our existence, we will certainly succeed in solving the tasks that confront us. faced,” he said in a televised address Euro News reported.
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“Peter the Great has waged the Great Northern War for 21 years,” Putin said. “You get the impression that by fighting Sweden he grabbed something.
“He took nothing, he took it back,” he added.
Russian officials have also indicated that Moldova could be next in its plans for Russian expansion.