DISINFO: Belarusians, Russians and Ukrainians are the same nation
  • Outlet: Sputnik Germany (archived)*
  • Date of publication: June 07, 2019
  • Outlet language(s): German
  • Reported in: Issue 153
  • Countries / regions discussed: Belarus, Ukraine, Russia
Ethnic Russians Ukrainian statehood Russian world

DISINFO: Belarusians, Russians and Ukrainians are the same nation


Belarusians, Russians and Ukrainians are the same nation.


Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about all-Russian nation. The "all-Russian nation" is an imperial Russian and Russian irredentist ideology that is a favoured pro-Kremlin narrative aimed at weakening the national identity of Belarusians and Ukrainians as well as their sovereignty. Ukraine and Belarus are well-defined nation-states with a long history; both nations preserved language, literature and identity, despite foreign rule for long periods. Other examples of pro-Kremlin disinformation outlets' attempts to question the Ukrainian and Belarusian nations can be seen here, here and here.


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