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The Ukrainian language is having a moment. To Putin's ears, it's a shot against Russian speakers.

By David L. Stern

08 Feb 2022 · 4 min read

War or no war, Andrii Shymanovskiy believes he wields one of the most powerful weapons against Moscow: the Ukrainian language.

Just over a year ago, the 23-year-old Lviv-based actor and Ukrainian-language instructor began to post TikTok videos explaining the nuances of his mother tongue - once largely secondary to Russian in Ukrainian life, but increasingly a centerpiece of efforts to emphasize a distinct Ukrainian identity and culture.

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