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Zero Point Ukraine. Part 1: The myth of the “Great Patriotic War”

Book highlight from “Zero Point Ukraine” by Olena Stiazhkina

British-Ukrainian Aid launched a new programme of webinars dedicated to Professor Umland’s book series – “Ukrainian Voices”. You can watch them online on our YouTube channel

Olena Stiazhkina published Volume 10 in the series and we offer you a highlight from the chapter “Unexpected Outcome” of her book.


The Western understanding of what happened in Ukraine during World War II has been shaped by historical and ideological constructs created in the Kremlin. The Ukrainian specificity has been dissolved in the concept of the “great victorious Russian people” and distorted by attempts to equate Ukrainian nationalists to German Nazis, while the occupation and colonization of Ukraine by Russian Bolsheviks in the 1920s and 1930s has widely been ignored or artificially silenced.