Ukraine’s cultural counteroffensive: The rush to erase Russia’s imprint

In one of the most profound examples of how President Vladimir Putin’s brutal invasion has backfired, some Ukrainians are now trying to erase Russia — and the Russian language — from their culture and landscape.

Ukraine is a country where many, including President Volodymyr Zelensky, grew up with Russian as their native tongue. But nowthe language is vanishing from public life and fading even in some daily private conversations.

Russian-language books have been pulped. Russocentric museums have been pressured to shutter. Streets named after Russian sites, poets and Soviet army generals are marked for a change.

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