Cover Osteuropa 6-8/2022

In Osteuropa 6-8/2022

The Language of Resistance
The War and the Upsurge of Ukrainian

Volodymyr Kulyk

Deutsche Fassung


War brings death and breeds hatred. Many Ukrainians also blame Russia’s population for the war and the crimes committed by occupying Russian forces. More and more people in Ukraine refuse to speak Russian – even native speakers. Russian is considered the language of the enemy. What Ukraine has not achieved by means of its language policy in 30 years, Russia has provoked by attacking its neighbour. This full-scale war is promoting a change in language. Using Ukrainian is the order of the day, for Ukrainian is the language of the resistance.

(Osteuropa 6-8/2022, pp. 237–248)