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Ukrainian and Russian: how similar are the two languages or differences between them

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Ukrainian and Russian: how similar are the two languages or differences between them

The narrative of fraternal peoples promoted by the russian is actively spreading around the world. However, the "language issue" shatters the idea of brotherhood, because our languages have completely different etymologies and symbolism. Find out what is the fundamental difference between Ukrainian and russian and why brotherhood is a myth

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Despite the fact that Ukraine is a much older state than russia, russians have not given up trying to convince themselves and the world that the Ukrainian language is just a dialect of russian. And they are not at all embarrassed by the fact that for some reason they do not understand "their dialect."


The historical origins of the Ukrainian and russian languages


The "common cradle" in which the Ukrainian and russian languages grew up is another fake that russia is trying to promote. After all, the language spoken by Ukrainians comes from the vernacular of Kyivan Rus, while russian comes from the now-dead Old Slavonic or, as it is also called, Church Slavonic, which was artificially created in the ninth century by Cyril and Methodius. And after the collapse of Kievan Rus, Ukrainian and russian generally took different paths and were formed separately from each other. Moreover, the Horde language, which is not even a Slavic language, had a significant influence on the formation of the russian language.


Phonetic and grammatical similarities between Ukrainian and russian


If the historical origin of languages is not an argument for someone, let's look at the phonetic and grammatical side of the issue. For example, the Ukrainian language has 29 common features with the Belarusian language, 23 common features with Slovak and Lithuanian, 22 common features with Polish, and even 20 common features with Serbian and Macedonian, while it has only 11 common features with russian.


Fraternal peoples according to the "russian world" or why brother kills brother


Everything would be fine with the kremlin's narrative of brotherly relations between Ukrainians and russians if only the world did not know the real history of Ukraine and did not see the events that are taking place in the 21st century. 


So, can peoples be brothers when one of them has been diligently and persistently destroying the other for centuries? Even if we turn a blind eye to the actual genocide of the Ukrainian people, which, by the way, is recognized throughout the world, and take into account only the "language issue." So why, then, did russia ban the Ukrainian language at the official level for so many centuries, destroy literature and manuscripts, shoot people who spoke Ukrainian, and actively promote the narrative that "Ukrainian is the language of uneducated and poor peasants" in order to encourage people to switch to russian?


I don't think that's what brothers do. And it is unlikely that this happened because Ukrainian is a dialect of russian. Otherwise, russia would not have tried to wipe it off the map. Or maybe russia just doesn't like the fact that someone didn't want to submit to such a "majestic" empire once, and continues to successfully resist it today?




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The fundamental difference between Ukrainian and russian: the nation's code


The essence and character of a nation lies in its language, and one need not wander through history to see the fundamental difference between Ukrainians and russians. After all, words were formed based on the way of thinking, and thinking itself was formed on the customs and way of life of the people. Let's look at a few vivid examples that are actually just the tip of the mountain called "Ukraine is not russia."


● «Victory» in Ukrainian —  [Peremoha] — is a word that Ukrainians repeat every day like a mantra. What is the difference? Ukrainian "peremoha" comes from overcoming oneself, i.e., "over-making," doing more than is possible, more than you could. At the same time, russian "pobeda" means "walk in trouble" and therefore it is not surprising why russians do not see any crimes in what their government is doing today.


● «Holiday» — [Sviato] — in Ukrainian comes from the holy and spiritual, while the russian "prazdnik" means "idle" or "idly wandering".


● «Humbly» — [Strunko] — means to stand upright or in a string and be ready for battle, while the russian "smirno" means to humble oneself and submit to someone's will.


● «Hospital» — [Likarnya] — is a place where people are treated, and a russian "bol'nitsa" is a place where people are sick.


● «Tax» — [Podatok] — is derived from the action of "to give" and russian "nalog" from the action of "to impose".


● «Carefully» — [Oberezhno] — comes from the words "to protect," "to keep safe," and "amulet" as a symbol, russian "ostrozhno" from "to beware" and "to guard," which means to be afraid. Ukrainians take care, while russians keep an eye out for what they might lose.


● «Usually» — [Zazvychay] — Ukrainians live by customs, "kak pravilo" - russians live by rules.


This is the fundamental difference between Ukrainians and russians. The meaning, symbolism, and origin of the words prove that Ukrainians are people with their own history, customs, traditions, and worldview.


Ukraine is a country of unconquered, free and strong people with an indomitable spirit and a big heart! That is why we have never been and will never be brothers. 


Glory to Ukraine!


We remind you! The Ukrainian cultural heritage is under threat due to the massive export of historical property by the occupiers. We told you which historical and cultural values of Ukraine were included in the Red List and what is the importance of creating a document at the link.


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