Disinfo: Ukrainians, Belarusians and Russians are one single nation

Summary

Ukrainians and Russians are generally one people. They have the same common ancestors, the division was made by language, but we all know how the Ukrainian language was created. Gogol wrote in Russian, although he was a ‘Little Russian’, Shevchenko did not write in the local “surzhyk” at all. Therefore, in this case, language is a conditional indicator. The Belarusians are the same, the same indigenous people as the Russians and Ukrainians.

Disproof

A recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about an all-Russian nation and the Russian world/civilisation. The "all-Russian nation" is an imperial Russian and Russian revanchist 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 and its own literature and identity, despite foreign rule for long periods of time. Ukrainians and Russians belong to the Slavs ethnolinguistic group but they are not a single nation.

See similar disinformation narratives in our database: Russians, Belarusians and Ukrainians are a single nation, Russians and Ukrainians are a single nation, Belarus, Russia and Ukraine are three Russian political nations.

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  • Reported in: Issue 229
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 21/01/2021
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Country: Belarus, Ukraine, Russia
  • Keywords: Russian language, Ukrainian statehood, Russian world
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Disproof

A narrative, in line with the trope of "encircling Russia", suggesting imperialist ambitions among Russia's neighbours. Similar claims can be found on Poland and Lithuania.

Sweden is not pursuing imperialist ambitions and strives towards dialogue and cooperation with its neighbours and calling for a rule based order in international relations. More details on Sweden's foreign and security policy here.

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Disproof

Disinformation about vaccines.

There is no "war" against Sputnik V vaccine. Recently, Russian and British scientists teamed up to trial a combination of the Oxford-AstraZeneca and Sputnik V vaccines to see if protection against Covid-19 can be improved.

Western media are intensely discrediting Russian vaccines against COVID-19

Western media are intensely discrediting Russian vaccines against COVID-19, and European authorities are hindering their distribution.

Disproof

The claim advances a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative concerning the Russian-made coronavirus vaccine casting Russia as the spearhead of the global race to develop an effective treatment for COVID-19. This is a part of a campaign aiming to promote the Russian Sputnik V vaccine. The claim that the West is trying to discredit the Sputnik V vaccine is unfounded.

The pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign on Sputnik V seems to have been launched after its announcement was met with scepticism and criticism even by Russian specialists in the country. However, experts' reports conclude that Russia has perceived the development of a coronavirus vaccine in terms of geopolitical and economic gain. Reservations and criticism of the Russian Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine stem from the fact that Russia did not complete large trials to test the vaccine’s safety and efficacy before releasing it. Rolling out an inadequately vetted vaccine could endanger people who receive it.