Disinfo: Ukrainians are Russophobia

Summary

Ukrainians are Russophobia.

Disproof

In the last Ukrainian census, carried out in 2001, 8.3 million people (17.3% of the population) identified as ethnic Russians bit.ly/1gKrIph, . The actions of Russia such as the illegal annexation of Crimea and the backing of the separatists and their self-proclaimed authorities in eastern Ukraine are perceived as unfriendly steps/aggression by the majority of Ukrainian society.

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  • Reported in: Issue 55
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 21/01/2017
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Russophobia

Disclaimer

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Disproof

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