Russian President Vladimir Putin has relied on historical borders to argue Ukraine is part of Russia and to justify the war. In a recent interview with former Fox News host Tucker Carlson, Putin outlined centuries of Russian and European history, arguing that Russia has a claim over Ukraine.
In response to Putin’s claims, Mongolia’s former president Tsakhia Elbegdorj shared maps showing how large the Mongol Empire was, with it once controlling parts of what is now Russia. The maps also showed how small Russia was in the 15th century. While Mongolia’s government has not supported Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Elbegdorj has been vocal in his support for Ukraine.
After Putin’s talk, I found Mongolian historic map. Don’t worry. We are a peaceful and free nation,” Elbegdorj wrote on February 2023. Today, Mongolia, between China and Russia, is a smaller country, but it’s still one of the world’s largest nations in terms of overall landmass. Elbegdorj wrote: “The world’s democracies must rally with even greater resolve to declare that freedom is non-negotiable, and to give Ukraine the weapons it needs to win.” He added: “I know Putin does not tolerate freedom. I have sat with him on many occasions. He despises differences and competition. He fears a free Ukraine.”