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WARNING: This page contains controversy and mentions of ongoing serious conflicts.

Ukrainophobia is the fear or hatred of the country of Ukraine or its people.

Causes[]

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Ukrainophobia is caused either by experiences or influences, like all phobias related to nationality.

Some people developed a hatred towards Ukraine due to some bad experience with one or several Ukrainians.

Many others were influenced to hate Ukraine due to nationalism or ideological radicalism. In the case of the former, examples would be historical grievances, such as the Wolyn massacre resulting in some Polish people using "Bandera" (a fascist extremist) as a stereotype to collectively hate Ukrainians. For the latter, many online users started hating Ukraine because they associate it with their enemy, the United States; or the Russian government indoctrinating people there to hate Ukrainians and support its ongoing war.

Many online users from Russia hate Ukrainians, falsely accusing them of Nazism over the Azov militant group or some nationalists supporting Stepan Bandera. The Maidan protests on 2014, and fear of Russian people after the 2022 Russian invasion of the country, also caused Russians to assume wrong things about Ukraine, and begin to obsessively hate them.

Symptoms[]

The most obvious signs of Ukrainophobia are: avoidance of anything to do with Ukraine or Ukrainian people, being afraid of them, or wanting to kill people simply because they are Ukrainian.

Examples[]

  • Ethnic slurs like хохол, укроп (ukrop), укр (ukr), бандеровец (Banderovets, Bandera follower), укронаци (ukronazi, depicting all Ukrainians as Nazis). The word хохол (hohol) is very often used in Russia to refer to any Ukrainian.

Treatment[]

As in all other phobias, the best treatment is simply seeing a psychiatrist and taking medicine if the phobia may take a serious toll on your mental health.

The most simply way to cure Ukrainophobia is simply exposure. You should talk to a real Ukrainian person and make friends with them. Ask them about any misconceptions about them and their country, and the Ukrainian will nicely explain and correct your views: in fact, a lot of Ukrainians are friendly people.

If your country is currently at war or/and involved in Russian conflict, remember that you are not alone, and that all wars end eventually.[]

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