This is an example of a pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the Russian world applied to Armenia, Azerbaijan and Ukraine. The narrative also represents the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh.
Ukraine, Armenia and Azerbaijan are sovereign countries and are well-defined nation-states with a long history; all 3 nations preserved language, literature and identity, despite foreign rule for long periods.
Azerbaijan was fought over by Russian, Persian and Ottoman forces for centuries. After the collapse of the Russian Empire in 1917, Azerbaijan briefly became an independent state that was de facto recognised by the Allies in January 1920, only to have independence terminated when the Red Army arrived in April of that year. After decades of Soviet occupation, in 1991, Azerbaijan regained its state independence.
Between the 4th and the 19th centuries, Armenia was conquered and ruled by, among others, Persians, Arabs, Byzantines, Mongols and Turks. For a brief period from 1918 to 1920, Armenia became an independent republic. In late 1920, local communists came to power following an invasion of Armenia by the Soviet Red Army. The dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991 created an opportunity for Armenia to gain independence.
Ukraine is a sovereign and independent state with a democratically-elected president and parliament. A fully independent Ukraine emerged only late in 1991, after long periods of successive domination by Poland-Lithuania, Russia, and the U.S.S.R.
Ukraine’s, Armenia’s and Azerbaijan’s sovereignty and territorial integrity are respected by almost the whole world.
See earlier disinformation cases claiming that the war in Donbas is a consequence of USSR’s break-up and ban against the Russian language, that the West destroyed the USSR and is currently targeting the Union State between Belarus and Russia, that the West destabilises Belarus to destroy Russian civilisation, an alternative route of human development, and that Nagorno-Karabakh conflict was staged by third parties to divert Russia from Belarus and Syria.