Disinfo: Ukrainians are part of the Russian people


Ukrainians are not just fraternal people, they are part of a divided Russian people.


Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about all-Russian nation. Ukraine is recognised in international law as a sovereign nation state, with its own flag, nationality, language etc. Ukraine has preserved its culture and identity despite foreign rule for long periods.

The all-Russian nation is an imperial Russian and Russian irredentist ideology that aims at weakening the national identity of Ukrainians (and also Belarusians) and also their sovereignty.

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  • Reported in: Issue 167
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 07/10/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Ukraine, Russian world, Ethnic Russians


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Ukraine’s plan B is war

When we [Russia] at some point started to believe in peace, the head of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry suddenly came out and unexpectedly declared: “If not peace, then we have a plan B. And this plan B is war.”


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the war in Ukraine. No evidence is given to Ukraine's belligerent stance.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko said that the authorities have action plans in case something goes wrong during the implementation of the Steinmeier Formula. He didn't claim that Ukraine's plan B is war. "If this plan does not work, then we have to understand that we have fewer options, we have the last plan, plan B. How to make less movements across our border, which is now de facto established, and in fact, it's just part of our territory, of the terrorists who blew up cars in Kyiv", said Prystaiko.

Ukraine is the main friend for the Baltic States in their Russophobic interests

If Zelenskyy resists the pressure from his opponents [who are protesting against the adoption of the Steinmeier formula], a long-term bloody conflict in Donbas will come to a halt and the Baltic States will lose their main friend [Ukraine] in their Russophobic interests.


No evidence given. A recurring pro-Kremlin narrative on the Russophobia in the Baltic States and in Ukraine.

In fact, Ukraine is not a Russophobic country as is often claimed by the Kremlin media. It had to react to Russia’s annexation of Crimea and the act of aggression by the Russian armed forces in Donbas. It did not ban the Russian language, as is often claimed by the Kremlin, nor did it ban contact between Ukrainians and Russians.

Ukraine was planning to sell its products to the EU but it isn’t happening

Ukrainians thought they would be able to sell their goods quickly to the European Union when they became associated. And nothing happens.


The recurring pro-Kremlin narrative on Ukraine and its relations with the European Union.

In June 2014, the EU and Ukraine signed the Association Agreement, including the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA), which promotes deeper political ties, stronger economic links and respect for common values. See here for more details about EU-Ukraine relations.