“…most of the territory of Galicia was occupied by Polish troops. Northern Bukovyna was occupied by Romanians, and Czechoslovakia occupied Zakarpattia.” This was the initial English translation of the speech delivered by the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky, on the occasion of the Day of Union of Ukraine; the translation was displayed on the English version of the Ukrainian presidential website.
Now, the official website of the Ukrainian presidency displays the same speech, but the word “occupied” was replaced by the general word “taken“. The changes were done only after the official diplomatic protests from the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and from other Romanian officials. Also, Romanian mass-media played an important role in teaching the Ukrainian president a history lesson.
The Ukrainian ambassador to Bucharest, Mr. Oleksandr Bankov, tried to offer an excuse, as he blamed the English translation for the misinterpretation of the Ukrainian president speech. Despite his trying, the original words of the Ukrainian president were…
Північну Буковину зайняли румуни
If you have the curiosity to translate the words from Ukrainian to English, all the English online dictionaries offer the same translation:
Northern Bukovina occupied by Romanians
Of course, we know the Ukrainian translators don’t use online software for translating president’s speech. In the same time, we also know that the Ukrainian translators know the difference between “taken” and “occupied” and also, they know the meaning of the word зайняли. But, after all, we only can guess that the Ukrainian president has learned more acting than history during his school and faculty.
No, comrade Zelensky. Romania hasn’t occupied, nor has it taken any of the Ukrainian territories. Your interpretation of the history is not accurate and spreads false information regarding the historic truth. Also, it denigrates Romania and offends Romanians.
The history is very different from what you, comrade Zelensky, know about those moments: Bukovina was part of Moldova, the Romanian province, until 1775 when it was offered by the Turks to the Habsburgs following the Turkish-Russian war. After that, in 1918 Bukovina came back to the motherland, following the disintegration of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
In 1940 Bukovina, Basarabia and other Romanian territories were taken (occupied, Mr Zelensky?) by the Soviet Union, following Ribbentrop-Molotov pact. In 1991, Northern Bukovina remained Ukrainian territory after the disintegration of the Soviet Union.