mikhail-suslov:

Putin brought up imperial Russian history, saying that some territories in eastern Ukraine had been given to Ukraine by Catherine the Great’s close advisor Grigory Potemkin, calling them “Novorussiya.” 
Coincidentally, a map found in the Kyiv Communist Party headquarters last week showing Ukraine partitioned into four regions described a southern province as “Novorussiya.”

mikhail-suslov:

Putin brought up imperial Russian history, saying that some territories in eastern Ukraine had been given to Ukraine by Catherine the Great’s close advisor Grigory Potemkin, calling them “Novorussiya.” 

Coincidentally, a map found in the Kyiv Communist Party headquarters last week showing Ukraine partitioned into four regions described a southern province as “Novorussiya.”