East StratCom disinformation claim:

The name of ‘Ukraine’ is not historically correct for the country, the historical name is ‘Malorossiya’ and ‘Novorossiya’.

Documentation for claim

Period/date: 17. February 2017

Debunk claim:

This claim is contrary to historical documents. Since the 16-18 centuries, the word of ‘Ukraine’ was in use among both the Moscovites and the Europeans, for instance in the book ‘Déscription de l’Ukraine’ by Guillaume le Vasseur de Beauplan published in 1648 or on the well-known map by the Black Sea, composed by Georg Matthäus Seutter in 1740.http://www.editions-harmattan.fr/index.asp?navig=catalogue&obj=livre&no=4206

Documentation for the debunk

Additional information

This information is reported by Pavel Spirin, former journalist in Disinformation Review issue 59. The item is located at row number 38 in the report.

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