During the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok on September 3, the moderator, Australian ex-Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, asked Russian President Vladimir Putin about Western sanctions imposed on Russia in 2014 in response to Russia’s actions in Ukraine.
Putin responded: “We are not responsible for the Ukraine’s crisis. We did not support the unconstitutional coup in Ukraine, and we did not provoke the reaction of part of the country’s population to these actions. And this is what led to Crimea’s desire to be part of the Russian Federation, and Donbas – that is, Donetsk and Luhansk – started resisting the regime, which, right after the coup, wanted to establish its authority in these areas. The situation gradually deteriorated. I can tell you only one thing: as for Crimea, the Crimean people made a decision, voted. The question is closed as a matter of history, there is no going back to the previous system, absolutely not.”
Putin’s claims about Ukraine are false and have been debunked many times by Polygraph.info and others.
Putin’s claim that Russia did not support an “unconstitutional coup in Ukraine” is correct, if only because there was no coup in Ukraine. Putin is referring to the oft-repeated claim that Ukraine’s 2014 Maidan Revolution was a coup d’etat. Polygraph.info has dealt with that issue more than once.