Last note: at the bottom of the list, we have some strong (and very popular) profanities regarding russia and its leader; feel free to skip them if you prefer not to learn them.
Expression of solidarity with Ukraine
Слава Україні! — Glory to Ukraine! (often used as a greeting in times of war)
Героям Слава! — Glory to Heroes! (often used as an answer to Слава Україні!)
Слава ЗСУ! — Glory to the Ukrainian army! (ЗСУ = Збройні Сили України)
Україна в моєму серці — Ukraine is in my heart.
Все буде Україна! — Everything will be Ukraine!
(…) з вами! — (Insert your country) is with you!
Translation: Instead of saying “Good day,” now we greet each other “Glory to Ukraine!” We will have a good day when we win.
Expressing concern: questions
Як ти? — How are you? (singular)
Як ви? — How are you? (plural or singular formal)
У вас усе добре? — Is everything fine with you?
Як здоров’я? — How is your health?
Як я можу допомогти? — How can I help?
Які у вас новини? — What is your news? What is happening there?
Would you like to learn more questions in Ukrainian? Check out our guide on small talk in Ukrainian.
Wishing health and safety
Бережи себе! — Take care! (to one person)
Бережіть себе! — Take care! (to many people)
Тримайся! — Hang in there! (to one person)
Тримайтесь! — Hang in there! (to many people)
Повертайся живим і здоровим! — Come back alive and healthy! (to one soldier)
Повертайтеся живими і здоровими! — Come back alive healthy! (to many soldiers)
Нехай повертається живим і здоровим! — Let him come back alive and healthy! (if someone’s relative goes to serve in the army)
Я молюся за тебе — I pray for you (one person).
Я молюся за вас — I pray for you (many people).
Я молюся за Україну — I pray for Ukraine.
Хай Бог береже! — God save you!
Learn more ways to express sadness with our infographic (with audio recordings!)
Condemning Russia’s aggression (strong profanity)
Путін — хуйло! — Putin is a dickhead
ПТН — ПНХ! — Abbreviation for “Putin, go fuck yourself» ― Путін, пішов нахуй!
Російський корабель, іди нахуй! — Russian ship, go fuck yourself!
«Russian warship, go fuck yourself!» has become a catchphrase since the first day of the Russo-Ukrainian War. In this way, 13 Ukrainian defenders of Snake Island responded to the Russian warship about its demand to surrender. The Ukrainian postal service, Ukrposhta, commemorated this phrase in a postage stamp.
Now you can express support to Ukrainians in their native language. If you would like to support Ukraine in other ways, check out our article: How to help Ukraine: 6 ways to support Ukraine in the Russo-Ukrainian War
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