Defiant Putin eyes pro-Russian statelet in Ukraine: analysts

Russian strongman Vladimir Putin first used “Novorossiya” — the loaded Tsarist-era name for what is now southern and eastern Ukraine — just after annexing Crimea from Ukraine in March, sparking outrage in Kiev. The Kremlin made a reference to the term again on Friday when it released Putin’s address to Ukraine’s pro-Russian separatists, pointedly calling them defenders of “Novorossiya” (New Russia).

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