Russians in Ukraine: Debunking the myth of vulnerable Russians in eastern Ukraine - DW

11:03 Sep. 16, 2016

Debunking the myth of vulnerable Russians in eastern Ukraine - DW

Kharkiv view (Source:

Are Russian speaking citizens really oppressed in Ukraine or is it just a Kremlin propaganda myth?

Moscow systematically claims that Russian language and culture are endangered in Ukraine. But is it true? Deutsche Welle's Roman Goncharenko went to Kharkiv, the second-largest city in the country, to speak with Russians. 

Two-and-a-half years ago, Kharkiv was almost divided, like the separatist strongholds in eastern Ukraine, Donetsk and Luhansk. The city is only 40 kilometers (25 miles) away from the border with Russia and is heavily Russian-influenced. Most of its 1.5 million inhabitants speak Russian in everyday life. 

So, how does the city live now? Read the full story

Read more Human Rights in Ukraine: Arrested in Ukraine for being Russian?

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