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[–]x0x7 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun -  (1 child)

Why is it "the Ukraine" and not just Ukraine?

[–]jet199[S] 2 insightful - 2 fun2 insightful - 1 fun3 insightful - 2 fun -  (0 children)

I've heard it's because the Ukraine means the edge. The Poles called it that when it was part of their empire.

Basically it used to be a patch of uninhabitable on the borders of everyone else's territory until farming took off.

The Ukrainians don't like you calling it the Ukraine because that's implying it should be part of something else.

I can't be bothered to care.

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