Ukrainian military servicemen join in on the annual tradition of nationwide dictation from the frontlines
There is a special nationwide tradition that takes place in Ukraine every year on the Day of Ukrainian Writing and Language whereby millions of Ukrainians tune in to listen and write down a text that is read out loud over national radio in order to test their spelling and grammar skills. The exercise is a familiar one to all Ukrainians as the writing down of a dictated text is a frequent form of Ukrainian language examination in Ukrainian public schools.
Anyone can take part in the annual nationwide radio dictation (transcription of spoken text). After the exercise is complete, everyone gets a chance to check their mistakes and share their results with others who took part, making it a particularly unifying event. The long history of the repression of the Ukrainian language, too, adds a whole other kind of symbolism.
This year’s Russian full-scale invasion of Ukraine did not stand in the way of maintaining the tradition, with even Ukrainian servicemen joining in from the frontlines.
Here, soldiers of the Hetman Danylo Apostol 44th separate artillery brigade are taking part in the event.