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#Commentary of Miroslav Rudenko on Ukrainian law on forcible Ukrainisation

On September 5, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted the law “On Education”, according to which from 2018 classes with the teaching of subjects in “minority languages” will remain only in primary school. With its new education reform, the Ukrainian government stroke an irreparable blow at its own reputation.

Representatives of Hungary, Moldova and Romania reacted negatively to this law. Moldovan President Igor Dodon on his Facebook page expressed “concern over the fate of the broad community of Romanians and Moldovans living in Ukraine.” The Moldovan leader hopes that the Ukrainian authorities are aware of the negative consequences of this law and will take appropriate steps to abandon it.

In turn, Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said that “the amendment violates the rights of the Hungarian minority severely, and it is shameful that a country that seeks to develop an ever closer relationship with the European Union has taken a decision that is completely contrary to European values.” The following words were followed by the deeds: the press secretary of the Hungarian Foreign Ministry, Tamas Menczer, stated that “Hungarian diplomacy will prevent Ukraine from carrying out important international affairs.” Also, the Hungarian government noted that it would force in all possible European forums that innovations in Ukraine will not come into force.

The very course of the project’s implementation of total Ukrainisation of the entire country’s population, even in regions historically predominantly populated by other ethnic groups, is full of contradictions. The head of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, Pavel Klimkin, commenting on this law, stated that “it is our duty to guarantee the free development of national minorities’ languages”. These words are absolutely contrary to the norms laid down in the law. As usual, they say one thing, but do something else, while declaring absolute tolerance and full adherence to democratic values. This law clearly states that from the 5th grade, all school disciplines lessons will be taught only in the Ukrainian language, which in essence contradicts the UN Convention on Human Rights: “Everyone has the right to express their thoughts in their native language.” The Russian Foreign Ministry said that such an act of violent Ukrainisation “directly contradicts both the constitution of Ukraine and Kiev’s undertaken international obligations in the humanitarian sphere.”

Throughout the existence of Ukraine, albeit short, the Ukrainian language has never been subjected to such attacks, even in regions with predominant use of other languages. Moreover, violent methods were not used at the legislative level. By depriving people of their choice and legal right, Ukraine has once again proved that it is on its way to destruction. Only with each such step the ‘independent’ loses even more comrades who would help to avoid such a sad outcome.

Miroslav Rudenko, the DPR People’s Council deputy

Official website of the DPR People’s Council

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