East Slavic languages
The East Slavic languages constitute one of the three regional subgroups of Slavic languages. These languages are currently spoken natively throughout Eastern Europe and extend eastwards to Siberia and the Russian Far East; while being spoken as a lingua franca across the Baltic states, the Caucasus, and Central Asia. Speakers of East Slavic languages far out-number the West Slavic and South Slavic language families.
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Distribution of the East Slavic languages
The existing East Slavic languages are Belarusian, Russian and Ukrainian; Rusyn is considered to be either a separate language or a dialect of Ukrainian. The East Slavic languages descend from a common predecessor, Old East Slavic, the language of the medieval Kievan Rus' (9th to 13th centuries). All these languages use the Cyrillic script, but with particular modifications.