Why Ukraine is not Russia: the historical paths of two countries explained in latest episode of YouTube series 
May 5, 2023

Why Ukraine is not Russia: the historical paths of two countries explained in latest episode of YouTube series 

How have Ukraine and Russia evolved in their own unique ways for centuries despite the closest neighbourhood and often shared state? A new video episode of the EU project ‘What propaganda is silent about’, released on YouTube, explains this, drawing on examples from history.

The project is implemented by Zerkalo.io, an independent Belarusian media created by part of the former TUT.BY team, and Ukrainian 24 TV, in partnership with EU NEIGHBOURS east and EUvsDisinfo.

The new episode reminds us that Moscow, as a centre of power, emerged much later than Kyiv (from which Kyivan Rus’ sprang), and that many of the fruits of civilisation first appeared in the territories of what is now Ukraine, Belarus, and Lithuania (the Grand Duchy of Lithuania), and only then spread to the Russian lands. Moreover, the tradition of free-thinking has always distinguished Ukrainian identity from that of Russia, shaped by the Tatar-Mongol yoke and absolute monarchy.

The newly-launched YouTube channel ‘What the propaganda is silent about’ addresses Russian-speaking audiences with reliable information about the war, and aims to combat Kremlin propaganda and myths, which are actively promoted in Belarus, Moldova, Ukraine, and the wider EaP region.

Find out more

Watch the episode

Does Putin really want to stop the war? Watch the latest episode of YouTube series

What are Russia’s real goals in Ukraine?’ Watch the latest episode of YouTube series

‘What the propaganda is silent about’: new YouTube project to counter disinformation about the war in Ukraine

How Russia tried to seize Crimea: little-known facts in YouTube project on Kremlin’s propaganda

‘Did Lukashenko really want to avoid war?’ Watch the latest episode of YouTube series 

EUvsDisinfo website


Interested in the latest news and opportunities?

This website is managed by the EU-funded Regional Communication Programme for the Eastern Neighbourhood ('EU NEIGHBOURS east’), which complements and supports the communication of the Delegations of the European Union in the Eastern partner countries, and works under the guidance of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, and the European External Action Service. EU NEIGHBOURS east is implemented by a GOPA PACE-led consortium. It is part of the larger Neighbourhood Communication Programme (2020-2024) for the EU's Eastern and Southern Neighbourhood, which also includes 'EU NEIGHBOURS south’ project that runs the EU Neighbours portal.

The information on this site is subject to a Disclaimer and Protection of personal data. © European Union,