According to the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavel Klimkin, the Hungarian Foreign Ministry notified Ukrainian colleagues about the October 13 rally under the slogan “Self-determination for Transcarpathia”. Klimkin asked the question: “Is it that Budapest supporting separatism?” Naturally, a note of protest followed.
Of course, Hungarians’ actions are associated with a scandalous education act, which, in the view of Ukraine’s neighbours, violates international law and the national interests of these countries. Moreover, the reaction of dissatisfied Europeans has already followed: the refusal to support Ukraine’s aspirations to the EU and a huge nunber of statements by European officials on this matter.
Nevertheless, the Ukrainian authorities are trying to pacify the indignant neighbours, sending their representatives to European capitals for “explanations.” But the thing is that the tactic of dumbing-down which the Poroshenko’s regime applies to its fellow citizens for some reason does not work in Europe.
Besides, the official Kiev can receive its own words in answer. Klimkin linked the role of the Ukrainian language to national security and confirmed that “we [Ukraine] will conduct this policy firmly and consistently.” And aren’t the Hungarian or Romanian language connected with the national interests of these countries?
The situation around the Russian language, which is used by the majority of Ukrainians, should be analyzed separately. The Ukrainian authorities and the media under their control regularly assured the Russian-speaking population that there was no and there would not be any oppression. In parallel, the very same media reported officials saying that it would be nice to introduce quotas for broadcasting, reduce the number of Russian-language schools, remove the works of Russian classics from the education programme, stop the publication of books in Russian, and create unrealizable conditions for the import of book products. All this has already happened! And in 2020, according to the education act, teaching is planned exclusively in the Ukrainian language.
Undoubtedly, by its actions, the Poroshenko’s regime intensifies the split in a country which is at death’s door. Therefore, it is easy to conclude that it is Poroshenko who is interested in the destruction of Ukraine as a multinational state and the country as a whole.
Ekaterina Martyanova, the DPR People’s Council deputy