Russian President Vladimir Putin has relied on historical borders to argue Ukraine is part of Russia and to justify the war. In his interview with former Fox News host Tucker Carlson last week, Putin outlined centuries of Russian and European history, arguing that Russia has a claim over Ukraine.
The former president of Mongolia, Tsakhia Elbegdorj, mocked Russian President Vladimir Putin over the weekend. He 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. Mongolia’s government has not supported Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, though it has not outright condemned it. However, Elbegdorj has been vocal in his support for Ukraine.
Today, Mongolia is a smaller country nestled between China and Russia. Despite its size, it remains one of the world’s largest nations in terms of overall landmass. According to Elbegdorj, who wrote in February 2023: “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.”