Rostislav Ishchenko: In 10-20 Years Only a Rapidly Ageing Population Will Remain in Ukraine

Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard


The systematic steps of Kiev aimed at the successive eradication of the Russian language from all spheres of life aggravate the split between the Russian and Ukrainian people, consider experts.

The political scientist Rostislav Ishchenko stated during a round table in Moscow that russophobia in Ukraine started to be cultivated by the state not after the Euromaidan victory, but from the very beginning of so-called independence – from the moment of the disintegration of the Soviet Union.

“The Russian language in Ukraine started to be oppressed immediately after the country gained independence. Maybe it happened not in such bright forms, but any process gathers momentum. The current authorities simply brought to the limit, and somehow even to the grotesque, everything that started prior to them [coming to power – ed],” said Ishchenko.

According to him, such a project as Ukraine can’t be friendly to Russia in principle, and Ukraine inevitably heads towards self-destruction.

“This year Ukrainian sociologists noted a new trend. People who left [the country – ed] in the last 3-4 years started to take away their families too. This means that these people aren’t going to come back, and depopulation will take place at an accelerated speed.

Over the next 10-20 years Ukraine will face the fact that the remaining population on its territory, which will be well past 50-60 years of age, will start to die out at an accelerated speed for purely physiological reasons. Simply because people in general don’t live so long, plus people don’t live for long in such conditions, especially since medicine has been almost destroyed.

This means that the process that we observe now won’t end tomorrow, and the country will lose no less than 10 million people.

Approximately 12-15 million can be theoretically fed [using the land – ed] on the Ukrainian territory after the destruction of the entire economy, and it, in fact, has already been destroyed as such,” predicts Rostislav Ishchenko.

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