Former Mongolian Leader Mocks Putin’s Ukraine Claims by Sharing Empire Map

Putin’s Claims on Ukraine Face Rebuttal from Unexpected Source: Mongolia’s Former President

Russian President Vladimir Putin has relied on historical borders to argue that Ukraine is part of Russia and justify the ongoing conflict. In a recent interview with former Fox News host Tucker Carlson, Putin outlined centuries of Russian and European history, making a claim for control over Ukraine.

Meanwhile, Mongolia’s former president Tsakhia Elbegdorj mocked Putin’s claims over the weekend by sharing maps showing the size of the Mongol Empire in comparison to Russia. The maps showed that the Mongol Empire once controlled parts of what is now Russia, while Russia was much smaller in the 15th century. Although Mongolia’s government has not openly condemned Russia’s actions in Ukraine, Elbegdorj has been vocal in his support for Ukraine.

After seeing Putin’s comments, Elbegdorj shared a historic map of Mongolia on social media, reminding his followers that “Mongolia is a peaceful and free nation.” He urged the world’s democracies to take a stand against Putin and give Ukraine the weapons it needs to win. In February 2023, 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. As a deep narcissist, he could not afford to see more successful and prosperous neighbors.”

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