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"Ukraine was created by Lenin"

In July 2021, Russian President Vladimir Putin published an essay titled "On the Historical Unity of Russians and Ukrainians" (link to Wikipedia page below). The claims of this essay have been widely debunked. One particular argument advanced by Putin is that Ukraine was created by Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin in the aftermath of the Soviet Revolution, ignoring the years of political organizing, identity formation, and independence of the Ukrainian state. Memes invoking Putin's claim mock the supposition.