I think when Russians would use it it makes it seem like Ukraine is a part of Russia or a district. “The Ukraine” in English kind of conveys that meaning – same way “The Rhineland” implies a part-of.

I think when Russians would use it it makes it seem like Ukraine is a part of Russia or a district. “The Ukraine” in English kind of conveys that meaning – same way “The Rhineland” implies a part-of.

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