Peskov Explains Why Russia Refers to Ukraine as a 'Regime'

Written by Henrik Rothen

Nov.26 - 2023 10:50 AM CET

Peskov Explains Why Russia Refers to Ukraine as a 'Regime'.

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According to Dmitry Peskov, Press Secretary for the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, Russia labels the current Ukrainian government as the "Kyiv regime."

This terminology is used because, in Russia's view, the Ukrainian government's power is characterized by the oppression of the Russian-speaking population.

Additionally, Russia contends that this government was established through a state coup, which overthrew the country's legitimate authority at that time.

"[Extremist statements] are the essence of the Kyiv regime. That's why we call it a regime. We don't call it that for no reason. Such statements [against the Russian-speaking population] cannot be part of a normal country's leadership, in a country where millions of Russians live. Therefore, only in a regime can such statements exist," Dmitry Peskov emphasized in a conversation with journalist Pavel Zarubin. Zarubin published a fragment of the interview on his Telegram channel.

The Press Secretary also noted that never in modern Europe has a forceful coup in another country been perceived as a celebration.

Peskov added that it was indeed the legitimate authority that was overthrown, leading to the rise of Nazi sentiments in the country.

Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada, Ruslan Stefanchuk, recently admitted that Kyiv is not adhering to its own introduced relaxations in the law on national minorities regarding the Russian-speaking population. He stated that Russian minorities in Ukraine should not have any rights at all.

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