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"If we separate from Russia those territories that were annexed by blood, violence, betrayal and lies, the 'originally Russian' swamps remaining after that could easily fit within one Moscow region," he told journalists, according to the media outlet Censor.net.

As UNIAN reported earlier, speaking at an annual end-of-year press conference in Moscow on December 19, Putin said Moscow was "looking into" the issue of "originally Russian territories" in the Black Sea littoral and eastern regions of Ukraine.