Russophone identity in Ukraine in the context of the armed conflict in the east of the country

Conflict in Ukraine is not driven by differences in language, despite media claims. These are the findings of a new report by peacebuilding organisation International Alert and the Ukrainian Centre for Independent Political Research, which looked at the implications of Russian language use in Ukraine for ethnic Russians.

It found that Russian-language speakers or Russians in Ukraine do not, on the whole, face problems with their language or identity and that neither of these are key drivers of the conflict. The question of the future of the Russian language however, and its speakers in Ukraine remains extremely sensitive, open to political manipulation and potential future tension, the report adds.