One of those posts that are not important, and which nobody reads, but which always receive at least a dozen or so of passionate comments underneath...
Kotlyarevskiy was a late eighteenth century writer, one of the first (if not the first) to write in the vernacular of Russia Minor (long before Shevchenko, I do not know why the latter receives so much credit). And it seems that Kotlyarevsky was a complete Ukrainophobe. Below is a photo of a 1809 edition of his Eneida (full title: Virgilieva Eneida na Malorossiyskiy Yazyk Perelozhennaya - Or in English: Virgil's Aeneid Translated into Little Russian).
Wait a minute, 'Little Russian language?' I was told here on this blog that 'Little Russian' sounds degrading, I read elsewhere that this is considered an insult. Svidomites certainly seem to have a problem with that term, but I'm quite certain that Kotlyarevskiy did not share in their anxieties. Here is the same thing, only from 1798:
The 1798 edition has a bit different title (Eneida na Malorossiyskiy Yazyk Perelitsiovannaya - Meaning is the same as the one cited above) Oh dear, this is a decade of Kotlyarevsky's Ukraine denial and Russian chauvinism! Or maybe Kotlyarevskiy did not know a language called Ukrainian? Maybe he never even thought of his country as Ukraine?
We have to understand what makes Svidomites so angry about the term 'Little Russia.' The term defines the people as having a connection to the 'Russian world' (the Svidomites hate that latter term too by the way). Ukrainian nationalism is a separatist endeavor which wants to severe this connection. Of course doing so requires a rather violent incursion on reality, and thus the Svidomites get offended by things that are not at all offensive.
PS: Since this is an English language blog, I did not bother discussing the language of Kotlyarevskiy itself. Suffice to say that it is easily readable to anyone who knows Russian well. There is a Soviet 1980 edition of the poem which attempted to make it more Ukrainian, but the resulting product still is a bit more Surzhyk like than pure Ukrainian. (see more here and here if you speak Russian)