President Macron: Anna of Kyiv unites Ukraine and France

Medieval Anna, Princess of Kyiv, has become a contested queen on the European presidential chessboard

Medieval Anna, Princess of Kyiv, has become a contested queen on the European presidential chessboard 

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Emmanuel Macron has effectively repudiated the claim by Vladimir Putin to 11th-century French Queen Anna, a daughter of the Great Prince of Kyiv, as allegedly “Russian” and belonging to Russia’s history.

At the meeting with his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko this Monday, Macron pointed to the “deeply rooted” relations between France and Ukraine, tracing them back to the time when in 1051, Anna arrived in Paris from Kyiv to marry French King Henry I. Macron said that the Ukrainian president and he had paid tribute to the role of Queen Anna in their common history.

Read more: Anna of Kyiv, the French Queen from Kyivan Rus

At the end of May, Ukrainian officials and social media users mocked Putin’s attempt to “appropriate” Anna, her father, Great Prince Yaroslav the Wise, and the whole reigning house of medieval Kyiv made during his visit to Versailles. As a number of commentators rightly wrote, there had not been such a town (or even village) as Moscow in the lifetime of Anna of Kyiv (circa 1032 — after 1075). Twitter witnessed a short but stubborn quarrel between the accounts of Russia and Ukraine, each claiming their “rights” to the princess.

Meanwhile, political scientists noticed the geopolitical implications of Putin’s historical somersault in France. Saying that the dynasty ruling over Kyiv a thousand years ago was “Russian” meant the denial of separate political history to Ukraine and a bid for its territory, they stressed.

Read more: Symbolic expansion: how Putin annexes history, not only territories

Following the meetings with French statesmen on 26 June, Poroshenko arrived at the commune of Senlis (north of Paris), the final resting place of Queen Anna. There he met with the members of the Ukrainian community in France and laid flowers at the monument to Anna presented to Senlis by Ukraine in 2015.

Ukrainian leader has honored Queen Anna during his visit to France on 26 June 2017. Photo: president.gov.ua

Ukrainian leader honors Queen Anna during his visit to France on 26 June 2017. Photo: president.gov.ua

“The whole world must stay with us today in conditions of Russian aggression,” Poroshenko said in Senlis. “Even when Russians tried to steal our history, we didn’t allow that. The whole world will know Anna of Kyiv as a symbol of partnership relations between France and Ukraine, Paris and Kyiv.”

Read also: Ukraine and France to film historical drama about French princess from Kyivan Rus

During the talks in Paris, Macron and Poroshenko discussed the possible ways to intensify the peace process in Donbas within the Normandy Contact Group (Ukraine, Russia, France, and Germany) in coordination with the OSCE. “We need to understand that aggression comes from Russia,” the French president said. “We also do not recognize the illegal annexation of Crimea. We know who launched the war.”

With regards to the humanitarian side of the ongoing conflict, Petro Poroshenko raised the issue of Ukrainian political hostages unlawfully held in Russia and the Russian-occupied territories of Donbas and Crimea. Ukrainian president presented Macron with a still life painted by Roman Sushchenko, now a political hostage of the Kremlin, who had worked as Ukrainian correspondent to France for many years before being seized by the Russian special services on a private visit to Moscow.

Roman Sushchenko, who created this picture in 2001, was arrested in Russia on the false charge of “espionage” in the fall of 2016. Photo: Svyatoslav Tsegolko’s facebook

Roman Sushchenko, who created this picture in 2001, was arrested in Russia on the false charge of “espionage” in the fall of 2016. Photo: Svyatoslav Tsegolko’s facebook

Read more: Ukrainian journalist Roman Sushchenko celebrates birthday in Putin’s prison

Curiously, journalists and other Internet users from Russia found it impossible to watch the video of Macron and Poroshenko’s joint statement on the French presidential website. Some of them linked this to the anti-Putin messages the two presidents voiced at the press conference.

The Russian agency in charge of Internet censorship, Roskomnadzor, confirmed it was behind the ban. Roskomnadzor justified itself, however, saying that the access to all videos on the hosting site Dailymotion, including the one with Poroshenko and Macron, was blocked because of a supposed copyright infringement.

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  • Murf

    With Marcon, Putin tea totally Fu*k up.
    Honestly has Putin got anything right in years?

  • Terry Washington

    Claiming that Anna of Kiev was “Russian” is as nonsensical as asserting George Washington was “British/English”(he may have been born a subject of King George and even fought in the British Army but he is as American as apple pie!)

    • Oknemfrod

      Actually, infinitely more nonsensical.

      At least the British Empire had existed before the US; Washington has British roots; he spoke English; and he was a British subject before the Declaration.

      By contrast, at the time of Queen Anne, neither Russia nor even Moskovia existed (and would not exist for centuries to come). For this reason alone she could not have any “Russian” roots. She could not possibly speak Russian, which did not exist, either – she spoke the precursor of Ukrainian spoken in Kyiv at the time. And of course she was never “Russian” – for that to happen, she would have needed a time machine.

      The absurdity of Putin’s claim (and not only this one) is so flagrant that I’m at sea as to the reason and/or motive. If he really believes it, he’s merely an ignorant moron infected with impassable chauvinism. If he doesn’t, his obvious prevarication can only impress his sheeple. Maybe that’s the idea – based on the understanding that the sheeple doesn’t know better, nor does it care if the lie is debunked as openly, directly, and abasingly as Macron did it.

      • Andrew Chmile

        “Maybe that’s the idea – based on the understanding that the sheeple
        doesn’t know better, nor does it care if the lie is debunked as openly,
        directly, and abasingly as Macron did it.”

        Yep!

        & PUTIN DOES KNOW!

        BTW — below …

        https://twitter.com/JuliaDavisNews/status/879699875876700160/photo/1?utm_source=fb&utm_medium=fb&utm_campaign=JuliaDavisNews&utm_content=879699875876700160

      • LES1

        There is no “Russian Federation” – only the continuation of Muscovy, a Potemkin Village under the guise of maskirovka.

      • Ihor Dawydiak

        Keen observations and a wonderful commentary, Oknemfrod.

        • Oknemfrod

          Thank you, Ihor.

      • Andrew Chmile

        also in the news …. those INCOMPETENT POS! Seems you were right! They ARE — as is said — “good for sh*t!”

        http://zik.ua/en/news/2017/06/27/russia_unable_to_build_an148_without_ukraine_1121947

        • Oknemfrod

          Yup. And was it not Elon Musk who has recently said that after his own rocket, the Zenit rocket designed and manufactured in Dnipro is the best? Yet we constantly hear from the Russians how Ukraine is a backwater populated by nothing but bumpkins. Judging from their latest “successes” at aircraft building, “look who’s talking”.

          • Andrew Chmile

            they say that BS for centuries …… works for Ruski to feel “superior” … eventually, it ALSO worked on Ukes to an extent …. an “inferiority complex” with the persecutions.

            Hey! I’ve had Ruski born here TELL ME that speaking Ukie: “That’s low!”

            Like HUH?! — WTF?!
            That BS — “comes from home” …. that’s WTF — THEY LEARNED FROM THEIR PARENTS!!!

            — Amazing! Now not so much! :)
            I like reminding them of how INFERIOR they are :)
            … and they DO — eventually — understand!

            They’re just a little slow is all …. nor does it help that they don’t know sh*t!

          • Oknemfrod

            Tak! This moronic idea about the purported inferiority of U next to R is ubiquitous among the Russians. The funny thing is that they air it with respect to a language they neither speak nor even understand. Equally funny is that they never say that about Polish or Czech, even though as far as their relationship to Russian is concerned, there’s no difference between those and Ukrainian.

            However, it’s rather sad than funny that the cretinous notion also floats between the ears of many ethnic Ukrainians (both in Ukraine and abroad) who actually at least understand Ukrainian and seemingly should be able to appreciate its beauty. Methinks the reason stems from the environment-ingrained prejudice and personal slothfulness (I recall many a classmate of mine who deemed learning Ukrainian an undue burden) resulting in dumb and stubborn ignorance.

            People who really know both U and R and are thus keen enough to compare the two know better. I’ve already mentioned Vladimir Dal in once in a post. In 1841, he was visiting his friend Yevhen Hrebinka (a noted Ukrainian author, teacher, and publisher) in Ubizhyshche (Poltava governorate), whence he wrote to his wife:

            “I’ve eagerly resumed speaking this clear language, which makes the speech sophisticated, innocently sincere, and very humorous. Best you may try to say the same in Russian, it comes out ambiguous,
            imprecise, and even vulgar and rude. The fact is, people’s mode of life is linked to their language in such a way that one cannot be separated from the other”.

            p.s. In Russia, Dal (of the Danish-German origin, by the way) is considered the most preeminent Russian lexicographer of all time. Which makes it all the more funny that his only known nom de plume was Kozak Lugans’ky.

          • Andrew Chmile

            “People who really know both U and R and are thus keen enough to compare the two know better. I’ve already mentioned Vladimir Dal in once in a post.”

            Yep!
            I saved your earlier piece — re: Dal’ btw.

            Now this post as well.

            Earlier I had read the Wiki (SPIT!) piece on Dal’..

            Your below info, is NOT written in (nasty!) “politically correct” — LYING most OFTEN! — despicable & untrustworthy Wiki:

            “In 1841, he was visiting his friend Yevhen Hrebinka (a noted
            Ukrainian author, teacher, and publisher) in Ubizhyshche (Poltava
            governorate), whence he wrote to his wife:

            “I’ve eagerly resumed
            speaking this clear language, which makes the speech sophisticated, innocently sincere, and very humorous. Best you may try to say the same in Russian, it comes out ambiguous,
            imprecise, and even vulgar and rude.”

            Yeah …. yeah …. I can get that…

            I have “felt” that — though I don’t know Ruski.
            But it always was rather —- nasty to me somehow, on many levels.

            One English woman described Russian, as I’ve mentioned to you much earlier, as “clunky”. Which is certainly accurate.
            I would add the word “primitive” as well.

            “The fact is, people’s mode of life is linked to their language in
            such a way that one cannot be separated from the other”.

            Do recall the “psycholinguistics” link! :)
            Esp. in what I now pen immediately below:
            Ruski goes quite well with “savagery”.

            Deadly serious about that btw.
            Not at all being “ethnic” here.

            For the way things are, are the way things are.

            And I DO write that — odd as it may seem — with a decent measure of objectivity in stating such. Entirely serious here!

            This Dal’ fellow, was quite ahead of his time,
            “psycholinguistics” wise — the link — with many scattering concepts involved & involving:

            https://www.google.com/search?q=psycholinguistics&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8

            “p.s. In Russia, Dal (of the Danish-German origin, by the way) is
            considered the most preeminent Russian lexicographer of all time. Which makes it all the more funny that his only known nom de plume was Kozak Lugans’ky.”

            VERY interesting!

            One dude, Ruski, U.S. born, whose grandpa was a Ruski philologist, said that his (grandpa’s) conclusion was that Russian was a Siberian language in the main. At that time I disagreed with him. I would not now.

            However,
            the Ruski dude, could NOT accept, & politely disagreed, with my
            statement that Kyiv (Ukes) has NO real connection with Moscow (Ruski)
            … I spoke a some Ukie & said, “see? You didn’t understand
            anything, did you? Nor is there a racial connection than there is a
            lingual one. So how can you “buy” the fiction of Kyiv, Ukraine AND Moscow, Russia having any commonality?”

            He maintained a silent disagreement — I sensed that easily.

            It’s programming with them. Note your own discussions on this topic. Notice the moles & trolls expending a GREAT EFFORT in *deliberately* lying about such. Nor am I thinking of THE HONESTLY IGNORANT & SHOCKED by this “ordinary or common” Ruski troll.

            The “Queen Ann of Kyiv” NOT being a Russian as it were. :)

          • Andrew Chmile
          • Oknemfrod

            Don’t know what the vocation of the author of the article is; however, but most surely she is not a Ukrainian linguist, judging from her two assertions:

            1. ‘Ukrainians don’t hear the difference between the sounds G and H’.

            Au contraire, they hear it exceedingly well because both sounds coexist in Ukrainian, which correspondingly has a separate letter to denote each, i.e. Ґ and Г (G and H, respectively). One problem with this is that there exists no rule when Ґ must be used (except that it must be always used in foreign proper names), so the only way to know is to memorize the list. Fortunately, among the words used commonly today, it’s not too long.

            2. ‘In fact, you may also often hear the phrase “Ta ni, ne znaju” where the literal translation is “Yes no I dont know”.’

            In Ukrainian, “TA” can be (a) the pronoun meaning “that female”; (b) a conjunction; (c) a particle. None of the above is ever used to mean “yes” (in Ukrainian, “yes” is “TAK” and has no relationship to “TA”). The conjunction (b) can mean “and”, “but”, “yet”, “besides”, “in addition”. It’s often used to amplify the meaning of the word it modifies and sometimes the suddenness of an action. The particle (c) is practically always used as an action amplifier.

          • Andrew Chmile

            so now I gotta “save” your above post too! :(

            Point that caught my attention was the:
            “Ukrainian is officially the second most melodic language after Italian.’

            As opposed to that nasty dog-bark & growl monhol Ruski “tongue” that they worship for some reason.
            —- It’s sh*t! — FEH!

          • Oknemfrod

            There’re objective reasons why Ukrainian is so melodic – it’s vowel/consonant ration is extremely high (which sets it apart from Polish and Czech) and uses almost no schwas – every vowel, stressed or not, is fully pronounced. In fact, the only Ukrainian speakers who tend to use schwas are converts from Russian, and it is easily detected.

          • Andrew Chmile

            “There’re objective reasons why Ukrainian is so melodic – it’s
            vowel/consonant ration is extremely high (which sets it apart from
            Polish and Czech) ”

            Don’t like how they sound either…. All Polish has are 2 words anyway, the “pseh-pseh” & the “dje-dje” & they say it all the time….
            Hmm… 3 words … they always say “kurva-kurva”.

            Your above I knew …. Gryzelda/Maria noted that as well & liked how Ukie sounded when she went there. You discussed that with her I recall.

            “and uses almost no schwas – every vowel, stressed or
            not, is fully pronounced. In fact, the only Ukrainian speakers who tend to use schwas are converts from Russian, and it is easily detected.”

            The above I didn’t know.
            Makes sense though….
            Read how in one monhol prison, monhols tortured to death some 16 yo kid for his “sins” of having dignity and even worse, a Ukie accent.

            Russian prison staff on trial after 16-year-old Ukrainian tortured to death
            http://khpg.org/en/index.php?id=1482012880

          • Oknemfrod

            Dirty rotten bastards.

          • Andrew Chmile

            “1. ‘Ukrainians don’t hear the difference between the sounds G and H’.”

            Didn’t you hear the Ukes complain about the “hay parada”? :)

            Or the Ruski talking about the “gaya” parade? 😉

          • Andrew Chmile

            “Tak! This moronic idea about the purported inferiority of U next to R is
            ubiquitous among the Russians. The funny thing is that they air it with
            respect to a language they neither speak nor even understand. Equally
            funny is that they never say that about Polish or Czech, even though as
            far as their relationship to Russian is concerned, there’s no difference
            between those and Ukrainian.”

            Your above is an excellent point!
            Indeed! HOW TF can they say sh*t about “a language they neither speak nor even understand” AND KNOW **NOTHING** ABOUT … save that it is “inferior”!? — And i have heard this BS from not your “usual” dumb @ss Ruski, but even Ruski that were fairly intelligent!

            And IF you are a Uke, IF you don’t speak Ruski — you are a stupid fk!
            The above, with “them” — didn’t “apply” to me (a Uke not speaking Ruski — therefore stupid) because I am an American! :)))

            I never thought about that aspect till now. :)

            Being an American — I OUTRANKED those sh*ts! :)

          • Andrew Chmile

            What I don’t understand is — why is the U.S. buying, using Russian rockets? Besides blowing up — Ukie rockets would be more economical …. BESIDES keeping to the “sanctions” … Well, Trump is no friend of Ukes … he wants to not only “lift sanctions” but to “sell” Ukraine to Putin …. that’s worth billions to Trump…. as per the Steele Report anyway — by extrapolation …. & the “disappearance” of 19.5% of the stock of Rosneft,

            Trump has no morals and is greedy — but it’s amazing what a loyal fan base he has… :)
            The “Christian Right Wing” etc… morons — embarrassing as it may be…

            I like using the below imaage for them … rednecks that they mostly are :)

            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4dd670fd5cc73a07bf6bf0440dd899eebf7c7c570b0de455a4047b394cec1f58.jpg

  • Brent

    Russia,the pariah nation of the 21st century.

    It’s nice to see how Macron isn’t Putins paid stooge like Le Pen would have been

  • Ihor Dawydiak

    “Macron said the Ukrainian president and he had paid tribute to the role of Queen Anna in their common history”. Upon hearing this, Putin must have been totally aghast and outraged. How could that “tiny, little” Frenchman have the audacity to hug my mortal enemy (Poroshenko) and then upset Russia’s historical apple cart? Did he have any idea how long it took me to pick up those rotten apples and then fill that apple cart? What unbelievable gall. However, it remains to be seen if little tiny Vovochka will learn any lessons from this experience. If you try to undermine a country (France) as well as engaging in a character assassination against it’s erudite leader (Macron), do not expect a French kiss in return.

  • zorbatheturk

    Putin Soup is full of lies and low on nutrition.