Ethnic map of the Hungarian Kingdom between 1941 - 1944. red = hungarians, light blue = romanians, dark blue = ruthenians, orange = slovakians, yellow = croatians, green = serbians, purple = germans, grey = slovenians
Ethnic Russian Population in Eastern Europe Putin justified the annexation of Crimea with the need to protect ethnic Russians. This line is now also being used as an endorsement of the escalating disturbances in the east of Ukraine. The whole theory is based on the premise that “Russian-speaking” is the same as “ethnic Russian”. However, the problem with this theory, is that language does not equal ethnicity.