Yuschenko calls new language law 'strategy for de-Ukrainization'

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July 7, 2012, 1:42 p.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine

Third Ukrainian President Viktor Yuschenko.

Third Ukrainian President Viktor Yuschenko (2005-2010) has said he believes that the adoption of the language law indicates that the country is being offered a strategy for de-Ukrainization.

"We are being offered ...a plan of Russification, in which the national language is not needed. Finally, we are being offered a strategy for de-Ukrainization," he said at a forum of patriotic forces in Kyiv on Saturday.

He described the adoption of the law on principles of state language policy as "mockery and cynicism."

"If you want to preserve Ukraine, first of all, preserve its language," Yuschenko said.

He also said that there are no pauses in politics: "If you give up the European course, you will get Moscow's policy, dependence on Moscow, from which our humiliation and the loss of our independence always comes."

Yuschenko said that all Ukrainian values in Ukraine were "subject to anathema."

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bkrevel July 7, 2012, 6:17 p.m.    

If you wish to do something.....then publicly denounce yanu for what he is........
A traitor....
And a mosca controlled puppet......
With no patriotic Ukrainian policies.....

A thief , and a mafiosa, who fills the pockets of him and his sons and oligarch cohorts.....

He is not a leader ,,,,,but an opportunistic , for his own agenda.....

He has done nothing for the majority of people in Ukraine.......

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carl July 7, 2012, 10:36 p.m.    

He is no different than the rest of the political class. Progress will only come outside the political sphere. The culture must change to a true christian culture of brotherly love.

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AL BALA July 8, 2012, 11:44 a.m.    

the July 3rd passage by Ukraine’s Verhovna Rada (Parliament) of Law No. 9073 “Law on Languages”, which de facto, allows for the colonialist Russian language to become an official second language in Ukraine.

Law No. 9073 not only violates Ukraine’s Constitution, which clearly states that the State language of Ukraine is Ukrainian, but its so-called “passage/adoption” contradicts numerous norms of parliamentary procedure. Furthermore, dozens of MPs have already publicly stated that their voting cards were used to vote for Law No. 9073 without their knowledge or consent. Law No. 9073 will invariably strengthen political divisions within the country, which will potentially cause difficulties in the upcoming parliamentary elections set to be held in October 2012.

This unconstitutional measure in Ukraine’s Parliament is yet another in a series of actions designed to destroy the very foundation of Ukrainian Statehood. By this action, the members of Ukraine’s Parliament who voted for this “Law on Language” bill have shown a blatant disregard for the Constitution that they have pledged to uphold and have, in effect, nullified the very legitimacy of the Parliament itself. Those responsible for this bill must be held accountable for treason against Ukraine.

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Charles Spencer July 8, 2012, 12:15 p.m.    

The problem Ukraine that Russia forbiden Ukraine to be spoken...shot/Siberia if you did.There is a lot of older people who only know Russian, and it will take many years for all to 1 day speak Ukraine as their natural language. I think some allownce should be made in this context...but the ruling party have other reasons for doing this. I think quite a few in the regions, will speak English, just a few words...but it is the is English also to be used....NO, they will ignore that fact.

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Charles Spencer July 8, 2012, 12:10 p.m.    

All those who are corrupt...look after only themselves...want sorting out.

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Charles Spencer July 8, 2012, 12:08 p.m.    

I agree with you on this....and the speaker on this page. I wish western values, freedoms, and peace for the Ukraine people...just like in POLAND....and all the other ex_USSR countries.Tell me 1 of these ex-USSR countries in the EU etc...demanding to exit, to go back to servitude of RUSSIA. The answer is NO in ENGLISH....NIET in Russian. With this party of the are going back to serve RUSSIA.

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Mykhayl July 7, 2012, 6:30 p.m.    

QUOTE: "...anathema." QUIT QUOTE

Never said he did not talk a good game,
he just could not deliver the goods.

Would like Cathy back for some good old fashion equitable US charity [love].
Cathy Secretary of State and Jullia P M [third time's the charm].

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Ukrtoday Ukraine July 7, 2012, 7:53 p.m.    

Yushenko would have to be the most despised president. His support rating dropped from 52% when he was elected to less than 2%. Yushshenko betrayed Ukraine and all those who had supported him his term of office was a disaster. Yuschenko opposed Ukraine becoming a democratic state based on European values and European models. he is the one person that is responsible the most for the current situation Ukraine now finds itself in. If it was not for Yushchenko Ukraine would be in a better position today. No one listens or respects his opiniion or point if view.

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bernardh July 8, 2012, 11:14 a.m.    

Yanukovych was prime minister 2002-2004 and 2006-2007, and since 2010 he is "president" with dictatorial power; alas, Yanukovych is more responsible than anyone in Ukraine for the current miserable situation, with increased poverty, escalating corruption, completely mismanaged economy and international disgrace.

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AL BALA July 8, 2012, 12:39 p.m.    

Serious crime has grown by 40% in the 2 years of Yanukovych rule, Kuzhel noted. “We have found ourselves in a situation when Yanukovych earnestly believes he is a king in his Mezhihirya palace. There’s a lot of talk that he has been given a present by his Dnipropetrovsk sidekicks – a modern yacht styled as an old vessel, with golden toilet bowls. Dnipropetrovsk ship builders, allegedly say that the yacht was covered with a net and delivered to the incumbent’s residence at night in order not to be seen by the public. After getting such present, do you think Yanukovych will tell Dnipropetrovsk officials to stop stealing? The people see everything and become disheartened, while the majority is angered,” Oleksandra Kuzhel said.

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Ukrtoday Ukraine July 7, 2012, 8:08 p.m.    

I was catching a regional bus on day on the outskirts of Poltava and I heard this most beautiful language. It was very melodi and much different from any of the languages I had heard elsewhere in Umraine. I was surprised when I asked what language they were speaking when they said Ukrainian. It sounded different to the Ukrainian I heard in Lviv where I lived for two months. Ukrainian is not being outlawed. It will continue to be taught in the schools and te younger generation will decide to adopt it by choice. they do not need dictatorial edicts forcing a singular state language . One of the most stupid policies imposed by Yushchenko was the forced dubbing of Movies into Ukrainian. Ofeten the quality of the dub was poor. There was nothing more unsettling than watching a movie that was professional budded in Russian only to hear A poor dubbed Ukrainian over the tope. Most people just stopped going to the cinemas preferring instead to watch DVDs. This single policy probably turned more people against Yushchenko and set back the development of the Ukrainian language. Ukraine can and should embrace multiple languages including Hungarian, Hutzal, Tartar, and even English. The more languages the better.

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Bob MacBride July 8, 2012, 4:29 a.m.    

Everyone who has watched the same movie dubbed into Russian and dubbed into Ukrainian will agree that the Ukrainian dubbing was always done much, much better. The only people who would disagree, are Ukrainophobes. So, I completely disagree with your factually false comment. Dubbing movies into Ukrainian is probably the only positive thing that Yushchenko actually did,

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Ukrtoday Ukraine July 8, 2012, 7:55 p.m.    

You have gotten the facts wrong. The problem identified is when there movie has need dubbed with Ukrainian over Russian with Russian still audiable under the Ukrainian. No one I know considers this to be a quality dubb.

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Patricia Joy July 7, 2012, 9:20 p.m.    

for those who don't remember, when Yushenko became president, the first thing the opposition (led by Yaho) did was to take any power away from him. If he signed something into law that benefitted the people, it went to court to take it out of the law.

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Ukrtoday Ukraine July 8, 2012, 6:30 a.m.    

To the contrary the changes to presidential authority introduced in 2004 was a step in the right direction. UkrIe had struggled to become a parliamentary democracy and Yushenko opposed it.

in 2006 The so called Orange Revolution coalition won a majority of Parliamenatry seats but Yushenko's party refused to support the formation of a governing coalition. Our Ukraine were actively negotiating with Party of Regions to form a unity government.

weeks and then months transpired and Ukraine was facing a constitutional crisis, Yushchenko's failure to provide leadership resulted in demise of the Orange revolution.

In 2007 Yushenko having failed to form a governing Coliation back in 2006 unconstitutionally dismissed the previous parliament going so far as illegally interfering with the composition of Ukraine's Constitutional court preventing it from ruling against his declaration. he had no authority to dismiss the parliament, His goal was to secure enough support that he could form a coalition with Party of Regions excluding all other parties.

Yushchenko's actions caused seven months of political instability and civil unrest. He seriously undermined confidence in the democratic process.

The 2007 election was more or less the same resut as in 2006. Yushchenko's party having lost support failed to secure sufficent number of votes. Block Tymoshenko held the majority of the coalition positions.

The Socialist Party Of Ukraine fell short of the 3% representation threshold Had they recived an additional 0.14% of the vote the numbers in the parliament would have been the same as before.

Tymoshenko managed to secure the majority of the coalition votes and was elected Prime Minister by a margin of one vote.

Yushenko continued to undermined the stability of the new parliament and tried to disses it in 2009 . Our Ukraine again threatened to walk out of the coalition. This results in a deal being cut with Block Lytvyn who delivered a stability pact and an additional 20 votes. Yushchenko was sidelined and his level of public support was in serious decline.

It was around this time that Yushchenko invited charged of misue and abuse of public office against Tymoshenko. cahrges that resulted in her later being imprisoned.

In 2010 Yushenko clung on to power forcing Ukraine to hold Presidmetial elections in the midst of winter.

Yushenko received 5% support and lost in the first round of the vote. Having lost he campaigned against Tymoshenko and supported Yanukovych's election. It is arguable the deal stuck in return for his support was immunity against prosecution for his misue and abuse of public office.

Had Yushenko been supportive of democratic values and the transition to a Parliamnetary system of government then Ukraine would not be in the position it is today. Yanukovych most certainly made a better prime-minister then president.

Yushchenko holds the world record of being the least supported head of state at the end of his first term of office. His term of office was a complete disaster, opportunity lost. Yushchenko has set back Ukraine's democratic development decades if not generations. There are very few Ukrainains who reflect positively on his reign.

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Andy Andruchiw July 10, 2012, 5:44 p.m.    

And Tymoshenko is in prison for "overstepping" her power. Current Gov't better stay in power forever (a la Putin) because as soon as they are out they can and should be arrested and jailed under the same rules.

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