Voice of America: Ukraine’s language fight may backfire on Yanukovych

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Aug. 10, 2012, 8:06 a.m. | Ukraine abroad — by James Brooke

The rally to protect Ukrainian language is scheduled for Aug 24.
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Lviv — Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has signed a law that restores many privileges to Russian, a language that was favored in the Soviet era. 

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Andrew Colias Aug. 10, 2012, 9 a.m.    

As a historian, it has always saddened me that Russian and Ukrainian nationalists hold definitions of nationality so narrow that they are unable to allow a broader identity that can allow for their thousand years of shared religion and culture, and five hundred years of shared history when they lived, worked, fought, and died for a common polity. The 19th century empire bungled it then, and the 21st century Kiev and Moscow are bungling it now. Oh, well, I suppose being neither Russian nor Ukrainian my opinion does not matter.

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IvanovPetrovSidorov Aug. 10, 2012, 1:24 p.m.    

At least it's not as bad as in Northern Ireland. We are not at each other's throats yet, although that is the prerogative of the parliamentarians in the Rada.

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Dirk Aug. 11, 2012, 3:19 a.m.    

"Kick in the door and the whole rotten structure will collapse!"

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AL BALA Aug. 25, 2012, 3:12 a.m.    

In the Donetsk region nine cable operators disabled TVi

PS At the above link, people are making comments from different parts of Ukraine, about closure of TVi in other parts of of Ukraine to this very day.

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