Mongolia’s former president mocks Putin with a map showing how big the Mongol empire used to be, and how small Russia was

  • Putin has relied on historical boundaries to argue that Ukraine is part of Russia and to justify the war.

  • The former president of Mongolia shared a map of the Mongolian Empire, which included parts of Russia.

  • “After Putin’s speech, I found the historical map of Mongolia. Don’t worry. We are a peaceful and free nation,” he wrote.

Mongolia’s former president mocked Russian President Vladimir Putin and his focus on history last weekend in an attempt to justify his invasion of Ukraine.

Putin has often used historical boundaries to rationalize his brutal invasion, arguing that Russia has a claim on Ukraine even though Ukraine is an independent country.

In his interview last week with former Fox News host Tucker Carlson, Putin outlined centuries of Russian and European history. Historians say much of the history he told does not hold up.

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He shared maps showing the size of the Mongol Empire, which once controlled parts of what is now Russia.

“After Putin’s speech, I found the historical map of Mongolia. Don’t worry. We are a peaceful and free nation,” Elbegdorj wrote.

The maps he shared also showed how small Russia was in the 15th century.

The Mongol Empire was once the largest in the world. Its territory covered much of Eurasia and included modern-day China and much of Russia, as well as Ukraine.

Today, Mongolia, between China and Russia, is a smaller country, but still one of the largest countries in the world in terms of total landmass.

The Mongolian government has not supported Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, but neither has it outright condemned it.

But Elbegdorj has been vocal in his support for Ukraine.

He wrote in February 2023: “The world’s democracies must unite with even greater determination to declare that freedom is non-negotiable, and to give Ukraine the weapons it needs to win.”

He added: “I know that Putin does not tolerate freedom. I often sat with him. He despises differences and competition. He fears a free Ukraine. A deep narcissist, he could not afford to see more successful and prosperous neighbors. “

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