When walking through the streets of Lviv, you hear plenty of Russian being spoken. Nobody seems to have a problem with that, and people are very friendly when asked a question in Russian. This is remarkable given that Lviv is considered the capital of Ukrainian nationalism.

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Things haven't always been like that, and the suppression of Ukrainian language and culture by the Soviet Union definitely resulted in much hate for all things Russian. It appears that by now hate is usually more properly directed at Russia's politics, not the people.

Another remarkable observation: with the life conditions in Ukraine being rather poor by objective standards, people don't appear disgruntled (a relatively recent development it seems). There are far fewer grim faces than e.g. what I've seen in Yekaterinburg a bunch of years ago.

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