Russian president Vladimir Putin’s heavy-handed and muddled criticism of former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych hasn’t exactly lit the world on fire. It all started with President Trump taking credit for Ukrainian elections and showing support for the eastern Russian territory of Crimea, then some of his sympathizers (including House Republicans) equated calls for sanctions with Ukrainian aggression. Now, Ukrainian foreign minister Pavlo Klimkin is having none of it, and he’s brought his evidence:
Pavlo Klimkin has set the record straight on Putin’s stance and Russian involvement in Ukraine, including: * The fact that Russia just dropped $3 billion to aid Ukrainian business
* Russia’s military buildup on the Ukrainian border
* Russian meddling in Eastern Europe
* Russia’s violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty — including Russian support for Russian separatists
As well as, he says, the lie that Ukrainian forces committed aggression in the Donbass region, which has been a hard-won battleground of contention since 2004.
Here’s more from Klimkin, posted at the BBC.