The Kievan Rus’: Ancestor of Ukraine and Russia
Vladimir Putin’s claim to dictating Ukraine’s foreign policy is mistaken, to say the least. One nation should have no right to control another nation in this way.
But, despite the innaccuray of the claim, there is a grain of truth in Russia and Ukraine being connected.
They have the same origin story.
Sometime in the 8th century, a group of Norse raiders, alternatively known as the Varangians or the Rus’, took control of the river basins between the Black Sea and the Baltic Sea. They founded…