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Vladimir Putin compares himself to Peter the Great

Russian President Vladimir Putin has compared himself to Peter the Great, likening his invasion of Ukraine to the Tsar’s quest to “reclaim” Russian lands from neighboring countries.

The Kremlin strongman, 69, made the remarks on Thursday at an event in St Petersburg – his hometown built by Tsar Peter on land conquered from Sweden – celebrating the 350th anniversary of the ruler’s birth .

“Peter the Great fought the Great Northern War for 21 years. Looks like he was at war with Sweden, he took something from them. He took nothing from them, he recovered [what was Russia’s]Putin said after visiting an exhibition dedicated to the revered autocratic modernizer.

Putin went on to say that when Peter founded what would become Russia’s new cosmopolitan capital in 1703, “no European state recognized this territory as Russian land. Everyone considered it to be Swedish land.

He continued: “The Slavs as well as the Finno-Ugric peoples had always lived there, moreover this territory was under the control of the Russian state.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin
Russian President Vladimir Putin visits the multimedia exhibition “Peter I. The Birth of Empire” in Moscow, Russia, on Thursday.
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Putin Peter the Great
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Putin has repeatedly sought to justify Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, where his forces have ravaged cities, killed thousands and displaced 12 million people since February 24, by claiming that Ukraine does not there is no national identity of its own and that Ukrainians and Russians form a single nation. artificially divided.

In televised comments on day 106 of the full-scale war, Putin compared Peter’s campaign to expand Russian territory with his own mission.

Peter I the Great
Putin was at the event celebrating the 350th anniversary of Peter’s birth,
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“Apparently, it was also our responsibility to recover [what is Russia’s] and strengthen [the country]”, he told his audience. “And if we proceed from the fact that these fundamental values ​​are the basis of our existence, we will certainly succeed in solving the tasks that face us.”

Responding to Putin’s comments, Mykhailo Podolyak, senior adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, tweeted that Putin’s thoughts prove that the real purpose of the war was to steal land, not to defend Russian-speaking Ukrainians, or ” denazify” Ukraine.

“Putin’s confessions of land seizures and his comparison with Peter the Great prove that there was no ‘conflict’, only the bloody seizure of the country under contrived pretexts of popular genocide,” he said. -he writes. “We shouldn’t talk about ‘saving [Russia’s] face but of its immediate de-imperialization.

Ahead of what Russia calls its “special military operation,” Putin blamed Vladimir Lenin, the founder of the Soviet Union, for creating Ukraine on what Putin called historically Russian territory.

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