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07-07-2012, 08:11 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.
Ukrainian was not an official language until 1991. If he grew up in Kyiv and went to school there he would never have had any reason to learn the language and unless he spent a lot of time in rural areas he rarely would have spoken or heard it. Most of the older urban generation know hardly any Ukrainian and especially for a guy who left in 1998 it's not surprising he doesn't know it. It wasn't until 2004 that many urban schools and universities began teaching courses in Ukrainian. (and hilariously teaching Russian as a second language).

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