Russian in Ukraine

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Introduction / History

The Russians in Ukraine, who are the largest minority group, have lived for centuries in the land now known as Ukraine. In 1991, Ukraine declared independence from the Soviet Union and many Russians voted to become independent. However, the bright future became bleak as Russians felt uncomfortable by the Ukrainization campaigns.

In 2014, President Viktor Yanukovych fled to Russia amid giant protests. In the chaos, many Russians in Ukraine staged their own protests to secede from Ukraine. In Crimea, the Russian majority voted to join Russia on 16 March 2014.

Where Are they Located?

The Russians in Ukraine are located on the peninsula of Crimea and the Donbass region to the east (Donetsk, Kharkiv, etc). Recently, people in Crimea, who are mostly Russian, have voted to secede from the rest of Ukraine and join Russia. There is growing concern that the eastern regions will also secede.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Many live middle-class lifestyles similar to the rest of Europe. They are also proud of their Russian heritage and are afraid of Ukranization campaigns to wipe out their culture. In the face of recent events, they also fear certain possible scenarios between Ukraine and Russia.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Many are Orthodox Christians.

Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Russian in Ukraine.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Russian
People Name in Country Russian
Population this Country 7,441,000
Population all Countries 133,795,000
Total Countries 71
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 4
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 4  (per
Pioneer Workers Needed
Alternate Names Eluosi; Olossu; Russ
People ID 14598
ROP3 Code 108452
Country Ukraine
Region Europe, Eastern and Eurasia
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Ukraine
Region Europe, Eastern and Eurasia
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Primary Language Russian (7,441,000 speakers)
Language Code rus   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Russian (7,441,000 speakers)
Language Code rus   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Russian

Primary Language:  Russian

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1815-1993)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1821-1991)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1680-2016)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Central Asian (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Holy Synod (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Father's Love Letter
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Russian
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Rivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Hope Video
General Four Spiritual Laws
General General Ministry Resources
General Got Questions Ministry
General Open-licensed Bible stories on mobile app
General Walk with the Prophets and meet the Messiah
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Orthodox
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 2.43 %)
67.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
4.00 %
29.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
1.0 %
96.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
2.0 %
Roman Catholic
1.0 %
Photo Source AV_Photographer - Pixabay  Creative Commons  Used with permission
Profile Source Anonymous  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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