Thread: Ukraine: HC Donbas
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07-07-2012, 12:35 PM
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Originally Posted by Sokil View Post
Well, he's from Kyiv, not Crimea. Most people are Ukrainian speaking or bi-lingual, to not be able to come up with a "best wishes" type phrase was kinda shocking IMO.
Kyiv was and is very much a Russian speaking city. More people are bilingual today, but when Ponakarovsky lived in Kyiv (80's and 90's) it was not. Not to mention Ponakarovsky moved to Russia in his youth to play hockey. Russian is still by far the dominant language used in Kyiv today.

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