DISINFO: Russians and Ukrainians are one nation
  • Outlet: Rossia 24 (archived)*
  • Date of publication: February 23, 2020
  • Outlet language(s): Russian
  • Reported in: Issue 186
  • Countries / regions discussed: Ukraine, Russia
Ukraine Ukrainian statehood Vladimir Putin

DISINFO: Russians and Ukrainians are one nation


Ukrainians and Russians are one nation. Ukrainians were people who lived on the borders of the Russian state. There were no language differences either.


Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about all-Russian nation and the Russian world / civilisation. 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 Ukrainians, as well as their sovereignty.

Ukraine is a well-defined nation-state with a long history: literature and identity, despite foreign rule for long periods of time.

Other examples of pro-Kremlin disinformation outlets' attempts to question the Ukrainian nation are: Belarus, Russia and Ukraine are three Russian political nations and Belrussians, Russians and Ukrainians are the same nation.


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