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Ukrainian language does not exist, it is a dialect of Russian

Summary of Disinformation

The law on the Ukrainian language regulates a language that is simply a dialect of Russian.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the existence of a separate Ukrainian language and the language law.

Ukrainian is an East Slavic language and the official state language of Ukraine. It is one out of 20 Slavic languages.

Linguists trace the origin of the Ukrainian language to the Old Slavic language of the early medieval state of Kievan Rus'. The Modern Ukrainian language has been in common use since the late 17th century.

According to Encyclopaedia Britannica, modern literary Ukrainian emerged out of the colloquial Ukrainian tongue at the end of XVIII century.

Attacking the Ukrainian language is one of the recurring topics of pro-Kremlin propaganda. Similar examples can be found here.

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Reported in: Issue 160
Date: 19.07.2019
Language: Russian
Country: Russia, Ukraine
Keywords: Ukrainian statehood
Outlet where the disinformation appeared: REN TV
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