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Yanukovych says language issue is no longer a tool of political games

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June 29, 2011, 2:51 p.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine
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Ukraine is implementing the European Charter for Regional and Minority Languages, and politicians will have no opportunity to speculate on the language matter any more, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has said. "The law on languages is currently being examined by the Venice Commission and the European Charter will be implemented in Ukraine," Yanukovych said in an interview with national television channels that was recorded on Friday and aired on Tuesday.

According to the head of state, political speculations regarding the language issue have not affected the attitude of people towards their mother tongue.

"With regard to the public, I would say the following: nothing has changed as a result of these political fights. People spoke Ukrainian and they are continuing to speak, [they spoke] Russian and they are continuing to speak… The game with the language was a way of cheap politics in the state," the president said.

Yanukovych also assured that all conditions would be created in the country for the equal use of regional languages.
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Anonymous June 29, 2011, 3:07 p.m.    

Yanukovych says no cheap politics. As usual says one thing but does the opposite. According to the Constitution Ukrainian is the official language however Yanukovych and the Party of Regions will probably change the Constitution as they have done before. He is attempting to create policies to destroy the Ukrainian language. He understands that Ukrainian language is a major component of Ukrainian sovereignty. He is closing Ukrainian schools and opening Russian schools. Yanukovych is a fraud.

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Anonymous June 29, 2011, 3:22 p.m.    

Do name the Ukrainian schools being closed and the Russian schools being opened, and locations please.

As far as Ukrainian, your darling language champion, Mrs Tymoshenko, spoke in Court in Ukrainian....and when speaking to her lawyer in court spoke in Russian. LOL. Talk about hypocrisy.

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Anonymous June 29, 2011, 3:45 p.m.    

From RFE/RL January 20, 2011

DONETSK, Ukraine -- One of the oldest Ukrainian-language schools in the eastern city of Donetsk is facing closure, RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service reports.

Donetsk city authorities say they are closing the school in the Petro district because many schools in the city are only half full and some shutdowns were needed.

But teachers and parents of students enrolled at the Ukrainian-language school have asked officials why it was chosen for closure and not a Russian-language school.

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Anonymous June 29, 2011, 9:52 p.m.    

The Ukrainian language is harmonious, romantic and poetic. The Russian language you must admit is course and rough.

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Anonymous June 29, 2011, 11:13 p.m.    

As is their leader, &quot;course and rough.&quot;

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Anonymous June 29, 2011, 3:56 p.m.    

And this school had no lack of enrollment problem.

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Anonymous June 29, 2011, 4:55 p.m.    

Why waste your time with an incestuous language? Give your children a chance, teach them an international language, the one with the best literature on earth. Let them start with Russian and learn English or whatever second, it's just efficient. That's capitalism, welcome, only the competitive survive.

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Anonymous June 30, 2011, 2:39 a.m.    

What Russian literature? What international language? Your dreaming.

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Anonymous June 30, 2011, 2:28 p.m.    

Competition is what you now have, and are attempting to eliminate... what YOU are advocating is a monopoly, which is the furthest thing from &quot;capitalism&quot;.. You want a russian language state? move to Russia.

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Anonymous June 29, 2011, 4:41 p.m.    

So far one example of a Ukrainian language school being closed, and none of Russian language schools being opened, although I'd bet the Lingua Franka of most schools is....Russian, as Russian is spoken by the vast majority of Ukrainians.

By law, anything 'official' has to be in Ukrainian....and yet often a translation in to Russian is demanded, and this was during Mrs Tymoshenko's time in power. Go figure.

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Anonymous June 29, 2011, 7:27 p.m.    

duh you idiot -officially she always speaks ukrainian which is great for ukraine's people and nation as it sets a positive image for others to follow, even though she personally is a native russian speaker ...

the prime minister azarov is too big of an idiot to learn a single word of ukrainian

yanukovych speaks publicly in russian and when dealing officially with the russians

what kinf of little russian garbage is that ?

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Anonymous June 29, 2011, 11:04 p.m.    

What it shows is hthe hypocrisy of Mrs Tymoshenko. If she truly believe in the Ukrainian language she would speak it in public and in private. She does not. Public is Ukrainian, private is Russian. I rest my case.

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Anonymous June 29, 2011, 11:11 p.m.    

Your &quot;case&quot; can join your mind (at rest). Do not be troubled when speaking the party line by such inconviences as common sense.

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Anonymous June 30, 2011, 7:51 a.m.    

I see no refutation of the facts from you. She does indeed speak Ukrainian in public and Russian in private. Why?

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Anonymous June 30, 2011, 2:25 p.m.    

Why is irrelevant... its a matter of personal preference, or habit or whatever you wish. The relevent matter is one of PUBLIC policy.

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Anonymous June 30, 2011, 3:52 p.m.    

Well, in case you didn't notice, at this time all official and government documents must be in Ukrainian. So what's the problem? And since this is a dual language country, like Canada and several other countries in the world (think EU), why shouldn't documents be in both languages? To quote a famous quote, 'thou doest protest too much'.

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Anonymous June 29, 2011, 3:30 p.m.    

There is no Russification drive in Ukraine today, that is a figment of diaspora paranoia. Merely, the people that spoke Russian under Kuchma and Yushchenko, are still speaking Russian, and the same for those who spoke/speak Ukrainian.

And for the record, despite being from Donetsk, Yanukovych speaks better Ukrainian than Kyiv mayor Chernovetsky (who doesn't bother speaking Ukrainian at all) and the clowns/thieves in the Kyiv City Administration.

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Anonymous June 29, 2011, 3:31 p.m.    

Yanukovych also assured that all conditions would be created in the country for the equal use of regional languages.

Read more: http://www.kyivpost.com/news/politics/detail/107687/#ixzz1QfSDim7u

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Anonymous June 29, 2011, 3:48 p.m.    

good job, Mr president.

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Anonymous June 29, 2011, 4:51 p.m.    

He knows he will loose more support if he persues his 2 official language policy. The majority of Ukrainians are happy with one official language.

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Anonymous June 29, 2011, 8:16 p.m.    

who impersonates who ?

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Anonymous June 29, 2011, 3:51 p.m.    

RUSIFICATION of Ukraine in other words ... People say: Don't respect your language and other will not respect you! Yanukovich is MAFIA!

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Anonymous June 29, 2011, 4:51 p.m.    

Sounds like &quot;your&quot; language is Russian. You're not respecting it. Hmmm...

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Anonymous June 29, 2011, 4:14 p.m.    

Real &quot;free choice&quot; to use Ukrainian in Ukraine when 80%-85% of media and audio-vsual products in Russian and lamost all companies run in Russian. And they are in Russian because

a) No Ukrainian national-capitalist class

b) Flooding of market with cheap Russian-language products

c) 200 years of Russian colonialism

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Anonymous June 29, 2011, 4:16 p.m.    

YEAH!

A Ukrainian is &quot;free&quot; to use Ukrainian in Ukraine just like a Greek is &quot;free&quot; to use Greek in China.

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Anonymous June 29, 2011, 4:51 p.m.    

Yanuconvict is &quot;cherry picking&quot; from the EU. How about following fredom of choice - that peopl;e have the right to demand transparency in govt. That the judiciciary are NOT chosen by one man and corrupted with bribes. That people have some say in changing a constitution and having a govt. which doesn;t commit fruad to get elected. That Ukraine has a right to an opposition instead of putting them in jail.

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Anonymous June 29, 2011, 4:53 p.m.    

For the record, despite being from Donetsk, Yanukovych speaks better Ukrainian than Kyiv mayor Chernovetsky (who doesn't bother speaking Ukrainian at all) and the clowns/thieves in the Kyiv City Administration.

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Anonymous June 29, 2011, 9:58 p.m.    

KAGANOVICH also spoke Ukrainian.

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Anonymous June 29, 2011, 5:04 p.m.    

Yanukonvict and his party of Russians made language a political tool in almost every election they took part in. As of today,their policy in making Russian a 2nd official language hasn't changed. You really have to question his intentions and motives. After all, he is a well known LIAR!!!

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Anonymous June 29, 2011, 5:19 p.m.    

How can you tell Yanukonvikt is lying? His lips are moving, or his press service has put out yet another statement.

Translation: &quot;Of course the language issue is a political tool. I am now trying to find a different way of using it in the political game. After all, I've stolen Mezhihirya, and I want to hang on to it. I am a village idiot, and I don't know how to do anything else.&quot;

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Anonymous June 29, 2011, 5:38 p.m.    

The vulgar Russian language is inferior to the romantic Ukrainian language. Only people with low intelligence prefer Russian over Ukrainian.

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Anonymous June 29, 2011, 11:04 p.m.    

Les: You heard that? More of your super powers I presume. Vulgar is perhaps perjoritive in this case but not totally off the mark. Russian linguist friends consider the language more lyrical and softer. The reasons for that I shall not bore your obviolusly biased yet still small mind with. As to ettiquet, for vulgar, see your comments. Can you see what sign I am making? Consult Cee Lo Greene...

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Anonymous June 30, 2011, 1:15 a.m.    

it is pejorative, not &quot;perjoritive&quot;, etiquette and not &quot;ettiquet&quot;

please keep that in mind and ask your linguistic friends for linguistic help

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Anonymous June 30, 2011, 2:26 a.m.    

kremlinoids can not disprove my factual statements, so some insane evil pervert decided to use my name (LES). They are ashamed to use their own name because their comments are nonsensical, and/or they were never baptized. As usual, the kremlinoids use intentional disinformation, just like the kremlin intentionally murdered 10,000,000's of Ukrainians.

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Anonymous June 30, 2011, 3:36 a.m.    

Russians feel inferior when they hear Ukrainian spoken or sung.

It's a deep ingrained inferiority complex from the days of

Kyivan Rus' when the northern Rus' provinces still spoke Finnish

and Church Slavonic.

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Anonymous June 29, 2011, 5:56 p.m.    

The word &quot;durak&quot; means the same thing in Ukrainian and Russian. There is a picture of Yanukovych in the dictionaries to illustrate what a total &quot;durak&quot; looks kike.

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Anonymous June 29, 2011, 10:57 p.m.    

Another deep and insightful comment. Racism is generally considered a provence of the less civilized of our homo sapien life forms. Or, are you simply another mis-guided, easily manipulted jihadist? Use the English lesson...

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Anonymous June 30, 2011, 4:50 a.m.    

what do you expect from van the man heh,heh,heh:D

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Anonymous June 29, 2011, 7:30 p.m.    

yanuconvict has decided that the ukrainian people are too stupid and not entitled to learn their native ukrainian language -

what a tragic day for ukraina ...

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Anonymous June 29, 2011, 8:15 p.m.    

and a happy day for the civilised world

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Anonymous June 29, 2011, 9:55 p.m.    

Why the Ukrainian language is harmonious, poetic and romantic pleasant to the ear. You must admit that the Russian language is course and rough to the ear.

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Anonymous June 30, 2011, 3:32 a.m.    

Everybody knows that except the stupid khakhols who continue

to speak Russian in their own native land. What stupid people.

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Anonymous June 29, 2011, 9:59 p.m.    

happy day for civilized world will be when RUssian settler-colonists leave Ukraine -- like French oclons left Algeria.

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Anonymous June 30, 2011, 3:30 a.m.    

These weren't real colonists, they were settled in Eastern

Ukraine after the Soviet Russians murdered all of the Ukrainian

population by forced starvation, known as the HOLODOMOR. These

people who were sent by Russia to settle in the depopulated

should have been repatriated when Ukraine became an independent

nation.

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Anonymous June 29, 2011, 10:53 p.m.    

Les: And, by the way I do not think you are except in the sense of &quot;less.&quot; Why not use your own identity?

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Anonymous June 29, 2011, 8:36 p.m.    

the prime minister azarov is too big of an idiot to learn a single word of ukrainian

yanukovych speaks publicly in russian and when dealing officially with the russians

what kind of little russian garbage is that ?

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Anonymous June 30, 2011, 2:20 a.m.    

The language in which the book was penned was strange to the French; the Tzar said it came from ‘Rus.’

Read more:

http://www.kyivpost.com/news/guide/general/detail/107359/#ixzz1Qhc97awe

PS He was the Tzar of Muscovy and did not say that it was written in the language of the moskali because most Mockali did not know how to read and write. But, books and documents were written in the language of the Ukrainians.

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Anonymous June 30, 2011, 2:22 a.m.    

On October 22, 1721, the ever-expanding Muscovite state was officially renamed into the Russian Empire and its people were called Russians instead of the earlier known names that the world knew them by “Moscovites”, “Moskali” and “Moscvyny.”

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Anonymous June 30, 2011, 11:29 a.m.    

kremlinoids can not disprove my factual statements, so some insane evil pervert decided to use my name (LES). They are ashamed to use their own name because their comments are nonsensical, and/or they were never baptized. As usual, the kremlinoids use intentional disinformation, just like the kremlin intentionally murdered 10,000,000's of Ukrainians and Russians.

Read more: http://www.kyivpost.com/news/politics/detail/107687/20/page/2/#comments#ixzz1QjvDPaNC

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Anonymous June 30, 2011, 3:40 a.m.    

In modern Ukraine one can speak any language one wants to without

discrimination, however, the official state language is Ukrainian

and everyone needs to learn it ans use it in everyday business.

This only normal, to say otherwise is stupid and Ukrainophobic.

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