Ukraine's resistance to the invasion of Russian President Vladimir Putin has destroyed the idea of an invincible Russia, and everyone is now aware that it is not that unbeatable empire, as it has been promoting itself internally and externally.
With this preface, Ukrainian journalist Svetlana Morintis began her article published in the British Telegraph newspaper warning that just as Russia insists on claiming that Ukraine belongs to it, there are other countries looking to acquire parts of Russian territory, waiting for the opportunity to expose the weakness of the Russian army, and there are other nations within Russia itself waiting for their chance to secession.
The Kremlin should be wary of promoting a world in which the acquisition of territory by force is acceptable, because it invites others to join and claim parts of Russia for themselves.
Japan was the first country to break its silence after the all-out invasion of Ukraine last year, with Tokyo saying of the Kuril Islands that it was "completely unacceptable that the northern territories have not yet been recovered since their illegal occupation by the Soviet Union 77 years ago."
China then began mapping suggesting that part of Siberia and Russia's Far East region, of Chinese origin, were annexed by Russia in the 19th century.
Accounts in Poland suggest that Russia occupied the Kleiningrad region in 1945, and that Warsaw has the right to claim it. Turkey, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and even Ukraine can have interests in competing on Russian territory.
She commented that the infiltration of Russian fighters into the Belgorod region under the Ukrainian flag was a reminder to Putin that others can also regain their "original lands" as Ukraine aims to regain its 1991 border and end the war.
The article concluded that Putin would not give up an inch of land for free. However, Moscow would be wise to have its back on it. You may end up reaping what you have sown, recalling that Russian territory seems very tempting to its neighbors and oppressed citizens.