Disinfo: Russia has the right to reclaim the original Russian lands from Ukraine


There should be friendly states along the perimeter of the Russian Federation that recognise the special role of Russia in the post-Soviet space. States that pursue an anti-Russian policy must understand: Russia will not make any concessions.

Russia has all the rights to reclaim the original Russian lands of southeastern Ukraine.


Recurring pro-Kremlin propaganda narrative questioning Ukrainian statehood.

Ukraine is a well-defined nation-state that has preserved language, literature and identity, despite foreign rule for long periods of time. It is a sovereign state whose borders are guaranteed by international agreements but were violated by Russia, which started a war in Ukraine in 2014.

See also previous narratives claiming that there is no Ukraine, that Belarusians, Russians and Ukrainians are the same nation, and that Ukrainians are Russians, not Ukrainians.


  • Reported in: Issue 197
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 05/05/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Abandoned Ukraine, War in Ukraine, Russian world, Ukrainian statehood


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