According to Russian pseudo scientists and the elites led by Vladimir Putin, southern and eastern part of modern Ukraine was originally Russian territories given as a ‘gift’ of Russian Tsar.
Russia actively spreads these myths thus trying to justify its military activity in Ukraine.
However, historical evidence says that Ukrainian Cossacks and peasants were the first to inhabit the given territories.
Ukrainians played major role in inhabiting the Northern Black Sea region, the Azov Sea region, the Donets Basin and Sloboda Ukraine.
It was for the courage of Cossacks and hardworking nature of peasants that these rich lands could develop rapidly and flourish.
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Source: Ukraine Crisis Media Center