The use of the topics and vocabulary of the Second World War in the Russian-Ukrainian conflict 2014-2020 (analysis of foreign historiography)

Keywords: World War II, Banderites, separatists, mercenaries, cultural memory, myths, fascists, information war, nationalists, annexation

Abstract

The object of research is the latest English literature of scientists and analysts in Western Europe and America, devoted to the problems of the information war waged by the Kremlin authorities against Ukraine. It is the problems, events of the Second World War, in the Russian-speaking academic space and the media that are still referred to only as the Great Patriotic War that became the leitmotif of these actions. Moreover, the history of the war is used precisely speculatively, that is, a careful selection of facts and conclusions is carried out, which are adjusted to certain conceptual foundations.

Investigated problem. As a result of a critical analysis of the works of Western authors, the problem posed in this work is solved: to show the objectivity and evidence of the narratives of foreign authors on the biased presentation of the topics and vocabulary of World War II about the events in the East of Ukraine in 2014-2020.

Main scientific results. The main scientific result of the study is the conclusion that Western scientists are deeply immersed in the vicissitudes of the conflict, debunking the biased evidence of Russian experts, fascist tendencies are imposed on the basis of false accusations of Ukraine, although such processes have not been recorded by any foreign analysts and observers. One of the stereotypes of Russian propaganda is the reproach for the massive "banderization" of the consciousness of citizens, but at the same time the face and activities of the leader of the OUN (b) are deliberately distorted. Modern studios of historians, diplomats, analysts of Western Europe, the USA, Canada are convincingly criticizing the political and ideological measures of Moscow aimed at discrediting the Ukrainian people. It is emphasized that the process of "nationalization" of history in Ukraine, especially during the Second World War by the Russian establishment, was used in a fraudulent way to tarnish the past of Ukraine. It was noted that, despite all the efforts of the Russian information and propaganda machine, Moscow fails to achieve the desire for results.

Scope of practical application. The research results, which are innovative in nature, can be used in both cognitive and educational values.

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Author Biographies

Valeriy Semenenko, V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University

Department of Ukrainian Studies

Liudmyla Radchenko, Kharkiv College of Trade and Economics of Kyiv National University of Trade and Economics

Department of Tourism and Social Humanities Sciences

Svitlana Rudenko, Kharkiv College of Trade and Economics Kyiv National University of Trade and Economics

Department of Tourism and Social-Humanitarian Disciplines

Iryna Kobzieva, Kharkiv College of Trade and Economics Kyiv National University of Trade and Economics

Department of Economics, Management and Administration

Alla Nikolaienko-Lomakina, Kharkiv College of Trade and Economics Kyiv National University of Trade and Economics

Department of Food Technologies and Hotel and Restaurant Business

Nataliia Rezenkina, Kharkiv College of Trade and Economics Kyiv National University of Trade and Economics

Department of Tourism and Social-Humanitarian Disciplines

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2021-04-30
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Semenenko, V., Radchenko, L., Rudenko, S., Kobzieva, I., Nikolaienko-Lomakina, A., & Rezenkina, N. (2021). The use of the topics and vocabulary of the Second World War in the Russian-Ukrainian conflict 2014-2020 (analysis of foreign historiography). ScienceRise, (2), 9-14. https://doi.org/10.21303/2313-8416.2021.001807
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Art and humanities