On June 15, 2022, Russian media outlet Kommersant.ru published an article, quoting Russian Security Council Deputy Chair Dmitry Medvedev's Telegram post, in which he stated that in a couple of years Ukraine may no longer "exist on the world map.”
Below is the article:
"Ukrainian Side's Desire To Enter An Agreement With The United States On Gas Supplies"
"The Deputy Chairman of the Security Council of Russia, Dmitry Medvedev, stated that in a couple of years Ukraine may no longer 'exist on the world map.' With these words he commented on reports about the Ukrainian side's desire to enter an agreement with the United States on gas supplies under a Lend-Lease [act] with payment postponed for two years.
"According to Mr. Medvedev, the issue of preserving the Ukrainian statehood is not important for the United States, which interested exclusively in [having Ukraine as] the 'anti-Russia' project. 'I saw a report [indicating] that Ukraine strives to receive LNG supplies under the Lend-Lease from its overseas masters with payment for these supplies postponed for two years. Otherwise, with the upcoming winter, the country will simply freeze. I have a question. Why are you so sure that in two years Ukraine will [still] exist on the world map at all?' asked the ex-president in his Telegram channel.
"According to Mr. Medvedev, the United States has invested so heavily in Ukraine, as an 'anti-Russia' project, that they no longer care about possible economic losses.
"Since the launch of the military operation, officials in Russia have repeatedly questioned the legitimacy of Ukraine's existence as a state and hinted at the prospect of incorporating some of its territories into the Russian Federation. During his speech on February 21, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Ukraine 'totally deserves to be called 'Ukraine named after Vladimir Ilyich Lenin',' since the country emerged as a result of the policy of the Bolsheviks and was created in a 'brutal way' in relation to Russia.
"On May 17, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, Marat Khusnullin, informed that the Kherson Oblast could take 'a worthy place into the Russian family,' despite its current legal status as the Ukrainian territory."
 Kommersant.ru/doc/5411175?from=spot, June 15, 2022.