Russian spreads like wildfires in dry Ukrainian forest

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Aug. 23, 2012, 11:46 a.m. | Ukraine — by Kyiv Post Staff

Relying on a 2011 survey by Kyiv-based Razumkov think tank, the above map shows which parts of Ukraine could adopt Russian as a "regional" language and designates which parts of the country have already done so.
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The Russian language is swiftly gaining official status as a “regional” language across eastern and southern regions of Ukraine. 

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dave Aug. 23, 2012, 12:04 p.m.    

The new law won't change anything, because there is already Russian monolinguism in south and east Ukraine. 20 years of having Ukrainian as state language there has had absolutely NO effect. So maybe its time for a new approach.

Let me tell you what is the real issue here: Russian language speakers already have full rights in all Ukrainian speaking areas. But Ukrainian speakers have ZERO rights in eastern Ukraine cities, nada, zip, none. If you are in Odessa or Zaporizhia you had damn well not better speak in Ukrainian, because if you try it, some thugs are going to kick your ass. Or at the very least, you'll be fired from your job. Forget the state language thing - Ukrainian language needs to get official minority status in those cities so that its use is protected.

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AL BALA Aug. 23, 2012, 9:51 p.m.    

Ukrainian language is the most respected attribute of an independent Ukrainian state . This is evidenced by a survey conducted by the Razumkov Centre in cooperation with the "Democratic Initiative" to them. Ilka Kucheriv.

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kpxoxol Aug. 24, 2012, 10:39 a.m.    

The colonization of the Russia lands the kleptomaniac Khrushchev stole from Russia and incorporate artificially in the Ukraine SSR is not going to happen any time soon for great anger and whine of the orange baboons, heh, heh, heh :D

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AL BALA Aug. 25, 2012, 1:44 a.m.    

In the Donetsk region nine cable operators disabled TBi

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AL BALA Aug. 25, 2012, 3:33 a.m.    

Svobodivtsya found covered with branches of the lake with traces of suffocation

The wife of the deceased representative of the "Freedom" told her husband the details.

Wife of Basil Ydoda Oksana said that her husband found on the lake, covered with branches and leaves with obvious signs of beating and strangling.

Suspicions aroused, and the fact that the body of the deceased refused to give to his wife.

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Ukrtoday Ukraine Aug. 28, 2012, 12:39 a.m.    

Ukrainian is still the official state language. it can not be distinguished. If Yushchenko had not ride to push things to the ridicules and he continued to encourage the leaning and development of the Ukrainian language than it would have found favour by choice as opposed to being imposed on the state. there are much more resting issues that require attention. The language debate has divided Ukraine and in the process been allowed to mask the real problems facing Ukraine. Issues such a democratic governance, rule of law and the economy.

Ukraine is nt the first and will nt bethe last state is address Isses of language evelpment. Mostof Britian does not speak there native language as is the. And in France and most of Europe.

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Ukrtoday Ukraine Aug. 28, 2012, 12:43 a.m.    

Do not forget the sizeable communities in Ukraine that speak other languages such as. Hutzals,Hungarians, Polish, Romianian, Tarars. Ect. it's not just Russian. Swizerland, Canada both have a dual language state. Ukrainian will and should continue to be taught in schools

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Eugene Al Gagins Sept. 4, 2012, 6:49 p.m.    

You forgot about people native to the territory of Ukraine - Rusyns!

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Eugene Al Gagins Sept. 5, 2012, 1:37 p.m.    

This law is not about Ukrainian. Ukrainian will be taught in every school in any case...and you know it. It is not about Ukrainian, it is about your wish to convert people to being native-Ukrainian speaker and limit/curtail the usage & development of other languages native to the territory of modern Ukraine.

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Eugene Al Gagins Sept. 5, 2012, 1:42 p.m.    

I speak Russian and my children will speak Russian. I am not trying to impose my native language on other children. Other parents are responsible for other children. I will be responsible for mine. I need good Russian school so that my children properly learn their native language at school, so that my children dive into the masterpieces written by Pushkin, Lermontov, Tolstoy, Chekhov...Bulgakov...Esenin...Visotskiy...Akhmatova...Cvetaeva... A bit later comes the time for the state langauge, Ukrainian, then later on English (lengua franca).

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Eugene Al Gagins Sept. 4, 2012, 6:48 p.m.    

The name of the article is provocative and does not contribute to the unity among Ukrainian citizens. I am from Odessa and our native language has been Russian since city foundation in the end of XVIII century. Within the last 20 years city dwellers experienced huge political opression of our native language. We respect Ukrainian and we learn it in school. But our native langauge is Russian and for me priority No.1 is that our kids first learn and know their native language and know it very well. Then it is time to learn Ukrainian (state language) and English (lengua franca). This is the best law within the last 20 years!

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Eugene Al Gagins Sept. 4, 2012, 6:51 p.m.    

Within the last 20 years the usage of Russian curtailed. it is time to save the 2nd native language at the territory of modern Ukraine. Polish, Hungarian and Romanian also need protection. The gloomiest realityt is state of Rusyn language.

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