Ukraine Insight Into Ukrainian, The Russian Language, and Russian Occupation

To Inform is to Influence

A wonderful friend gave me permission to share an insightful posting she shared on Facebook and the subsequent comments.  The posting was followed by a fascinating conversation about the nuances of Russian and Ukrainian.

What I found worth sharing here was the acceptance by a Crimean Tatar to have a conversation in Ukrainian, specifically avoiding the Russian language.  This is happening on a personal level, he wasn’t told to do so by the government.  To me, this is yet another sign that Ukraine is ‘deRussifying’.  This is a sign of healing, of resistance, and a sign of a national unity.

Imagine, one of the most oppressed and persecuted groups of people in the former Soviet Union, the Crimean Tatars, being this accepting, flexible, and resilient.

What I find most fascinating about the “efficiency” statement by the older woman is that her fellow Ukrainians disagreed with her, that life under the…

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