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This time (Jan. 13) it was an article about scholarly research on the subject of the Ukrainian language. My attention was drawn by its sweeping title: “Halychyna will always be Ukraine’s Piedmont,” which may invite all kinds of commentary, wisecracks included.

Actually, it is difficult to disagree with that claim. Having lived most of the first five years of life in the Tomsk area of Siberia, the awareness of the geographic distance lingers on and imparts some objectivity concerning Ukraine’s regional mindsets.

A cogent argument can be made that it would be good for Ukraine if the people in places like Makeivka and Kakhovka (”Rodnaya Vintovka”) in the southeast felt closer to Ukraine’s west than to the Eurasian space. Most of the Donbas region was Ukrainian-speaking as late as the 1920s, before its native rural population was decimated by the 1932-33 Holodomor.

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