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On Monday evening, a high-ranking Russian security official allegedly called for the occupation of Georgia after the “liberation of Kyiv”, although Russian officials claimed the Telegram message was a “hacked” post.
In a post that was said to have expired for only 10 minutes before it was deleted, the account of the deputy head of the Security Council of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev allegedly issued one of the most blatant calls for the reunification of the Soviet Union since the war in Ukraine began.
“After the liberation of Kyiv and all the lands of Little Russia from the groups of nationalists who preach their innovative Ukrainian poker, Russia will unite again,” Medvedev said, according to Ukrainian news outlet Pravda. The upcoming campaign to restore the borders of our motherland.”
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The publication reportedly went on to claim that “Georgia did not exist prior to its reunification” with the Russian Empire in 1801 and that the Central Asian state of Kazakhstan was an “artificial state”.
The post has been deleted, and according to a Medvedev spokesperson, the message was allegedly posted by hackers.
A spokesperson reportedly told Russian news outlets RIA Novosti: “Those who hacked his page yesterday … will be dealt with by the management of the social network and what is appropriate.”
It appears that Medvedev has not publicly commented on the post.
Russia has been embroiled in Europe’s most brutal war since World War II, but Russian President Vladimir Putin has refused to refer to his invasion as anything other than a “special military operation.”
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The Kremlin chief has not officially stated his actual intention in Ukraine and instead claimed that Russia is working to “remove anger” from its southern neighbor – allegations that Ukraine and Western countries flatly rejected.
Although, Putin drew international attention again in June after comments he made comparing himself to Tsar Peter the Great.
Marking the 350th anniversary of the Tsar’s birth, Putin has drawn comparisons between his offensive in Ukraine and Russia’s expansion carried out under Peter the Great.
He said in reported televised speech Euro News.
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“Peter the Great waged the Great Northern War for 21 years,” Putin said. “You get the impression that by fighting Sweden he was holding onto something.
“He wasn’t taking anything, he was getting it back,” he added.
Russian officials have also indicated that Moldova may be next in its plans for Russian expansion.