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Inventing Ukraine


"They were deliberately imposing the Catholic Church here, the Catholic way of life. And the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth did just that—they were destroying the Orthodox faith. They were closing churches, not allowing people in, just like now," says Archpriest Pyotr Gritsenko, Chief Priest in the Special Military Operation Zone in charge of Visiting Clerics of the Synodal Department for Cooperation with the Armed Forces and Law Enforcement Agencies. Since the coup d'état in Ukraine in 2014, he frequently travels to cities in Donbass ravaged by the Ukrainian army, providing humanitarian aid. The Priest believes that the current events in Donbass echo events of the past. Who is behind the creation of the state of Ukraine? Who devised the language for the new nation? Why and how was an entire state formed to counter and curtail Russia? Why does Poland continue to wage proxy wars against Russia till this day? The project of Ukraine as an anti-Russian state got a reboot in the early 1990s. In a geography textbook for the 8th grade, it is stated that "American scientists consider Ukrainians to be the oldest nation in the world." Raised in hatred towards Russia and convinced of their own uniqueness, the country's youth have massively joined nationalist battalions. Watch the documentary to witness firsthand how the Ukrainian myth, sown 300 years ago in Poland, began to sprout.

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Available in Russian, with English subtitles,
in Spanish and Arabic languages