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  • Jan 10, 2012
  • 12:50 PM

Language Intolerance in Ukraine

Alexander J. Motyl / World Affairs Journal
How does the actual linguistic condition in Ukraine measure up against the ideal? Not as bad as you might think. The vast majority of Ukrainian speakers are proficient in and tolerant of Russian; if and when speakers of Ukrainian encounter speakers of Russian, most are more than happy to hear Russian and even speak it. That is as true of Lviv as it is true of Kyiv and Donetsk.

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