During almost 400 years of the occupation, Russia banned the Ukrainian language multiple times. Their approach is simple. Destroy their history and language, and they will surrender. Look at Belarus. Once, it was a part of the Lithuanian state, and after Moscovites captured the territory, they ordered to call it The White Rus (Bela Rus).
Well, who cares about the name if they are a separate ethnicity with their own language, right? Russians do care. So they did everything possible to make the captured state think they belong to Moscow. Do you know that now only 10% of Belarussians speak the language of their ancestors? The deletion of their national identity is almost over. Russians did succeed there. Sadly, England did the same to Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. Their languages have been almost forgotten.
On the contrary, Ukrainians are not that easy to crack. Even now, 30 years after the declared independence, we encounter countless Russian propaganda attacks. The enormous amount of resources that Kremlin invests in all the fake news and rewritings of history is barely comprehensible.
And yet we are still speaking Ukrainian, fighting their army in the East, and look forward to joining EU and NATO. How is this possible? It’s hard to find a proper answer. The important thing is that the Ukrainian has never been stronger than now.
Since January 16th, 2020, Ukrainian is mandatory for all public services. Throughout the country. Feel free to speak another language if you want, but you know the default option. That’s not all the fun. In 2022, all websites that serve Ukrainian customers will need to have the Ukrainian language. Isn’t that great?
To sum up, 400 years of tortures, mass murders, ethnic cleansings, famines, wars, constant brainwashing, and banning Ukrainian from public use ended with nothing. Cyka blyat.