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Hi! Why do some say “На Украине” and others “В Украине” and what is correct?

Can anyone explain? Is there some rule for when to use на and when to use в? Thanks.

January 15, 2017

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rrmmmm

This actually has become a political - or politicized - question. Ukrainians usually use "В". One could argue that with Ukraine becoming an independent state, the rules of the Russian language required the change. But for many Russians this just sounds wrong. So if a Russian uses "Ha", there probably is nothing political about it. However, it also depends how far back you go. In the 19th century, L. Tolstoy and other Russian greats wrote “В Украине”. So it may also be considered an older form that Ukrainians have re-discovered.

January 16, 2017
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