Find all posts by Polycarp. I lived in Kyiv for 7 years, and I can tell you that nationality is NOT differentiable by appearance, among these two groups, or even among other European people. You must log in or sign up to reply here. Whether there might be a cultural prejudice against it these days is another question, though. Since nearly every native Ukrainian is bilingual, the chances are good that you will understand each other. So, the original intent was probably good, but unfortunately not achieved. Here are two articles which may shed light on the history:
How similiar are Russian and Ukrainian?
On the other hand, as the Czech Republic is much bigger market, they usually translate everything, dub everything into Czech and they, after the split of Czechoslovakia, lost contact to the Slovak language. Are there marriages between Russians and Ukrainians? That's what you do with friends. I was wondering if any Russian and Ukrainian speakers could give me their input on how similiar the two languages are. There are only two Ukrainian global dialect group: The West of Ukraine is quite different , even the Ukrainian language, which is also quite different on the West. How are they different?
What are the differences between Ukrainian people and Russians? - Quora
And the same is true of Crimea, which is indisputably and utterly Russian and was only made part of Ukraine by Khruschev in What are biggest differences between German and Russian cultures? But, I would say that if an average Russian went to Ukraine eastern Ukraine to be exact, western language has more differences and lived a couple of months he would understand it well. I suggest changing the tag to usage. From my very surname, you might recognize a bit of my complex origins.
Distinguishing Ukrainian & Belarusian from Russian (upon hearing)
Description: Russian are usually fond of their military as well as their history, even though sometimes we praise events that every other nation will condemn. Most Russian-spesker understand Ukranian. So it is harder in average. Let's try to systematize the main differences between the "Ukrainian character" and the Russian one.