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Ukrainian and Russian Languages are interchangeably spoken in Ukraine
WHY? Ukraine had long been a part of the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union where utmost proficiency of Russian language by its population was strongly encouraged by the State.
PRESENT STATUS Russian language has an official status of a “minority language”, while Ukrainian language has a status of the “state language”, whereby e.g. all official correspondence by State officials should be maintained in Ukrainian.
Most Ukrainians know both Ukrainian and Russian languages well.
You could speak to a person in either language, and he/she would, most probably, reply in the same language you spoke to them.