Yushchenko: Language law will trigger Ukraine's de-Ukrainization

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Aug. 15, 2012, 8:20 a.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine

The entry into force of a bill on the fundamentals of the state language policy in Ukraine will lead to the country's de-Ukrainization, says former Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko.


The entry into force of a bill on the fundamentals of the state language policy in Ukraine will lead to the country's de-Ukrainization, says former Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko.

"This means not even Russification, because the 13 regions of which we are talking about are already Russified. A Russian Ukraine has already been made there. But we are talking about a reverse process, de-Ukrainization, as there are no more legal grounds to introduce the Ukrainian language in these or those circumstances there. In other words, this is exactly what is called de-Ukrainization," Yushchenko said in an interview on Radio Liberty Ukrainian service on Tuesday, Aug. 14, in commenting on the Odessa City Council's decision to grant regional status to the Russian language and on possible circumstances of the 'language law' in Ukraine on the whole.

"The Charter for Regional [or Minority] Languages is aimed at [protecting] native languages. The Russian language is not a regional one here. We have the language of Crimean Tartars, which is a regional one and which needs to be protected, and there is also the Karaim language, which needs to be protected. These are authentic regional languages," he said.

Yushchenko described the adoption of this law a victory of not the Party of Regions but "legionaries, who have come against the background of the so-called democratic forces, with the relevant slogans, and who have betrayed the national language interests."

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AL BALA Aug. 15, 2012, 9:34 a.m.    

Furthermore, a large number of documents pertaining to the Crimean population of Karaim were burned during the 1736 Russian invasion of the Tatar Khanate capital of Bakhchisarai (Akhiezer 2003).

Some scholars say that Karaites in Crimea are descendants of Karaite merchants who migrated to Crimea from the Byzantine Empire (Schur 1995), presumably adopting a Turkic language upon their arrival in Crimea. In one particular incidence, migration of Karaites from Istanbul to Crimea is documented following a fire in the Jewish quarter of Istanbul in 1203 (Tsoffar 2006).

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Ukrtoday Ukraine Aug. 15, 2012, 4:08 p.m.    

Yushxhenko is to lame for much of the current situation in Ukraine. His anti democracy, pro. Presidmetial. Policy of division denied Ukraine the right to become a true independent democratic state based on European values and European Paliamentary models. Yushenko betrayed Zukraine and do racy itself. He singlehanded lay set back Umraine,s democratic development decades if not generations. He has no respect or support. His support in Ukraine is less than 2%. He is not considered a leader or elder statesman but as a betrayer.

It was Yuschenko who initiated Tymoshenko's arrest and persecution. It was Yuschenko who supportd zyanukovych being elected head of state. It was Yushchenko who continued to undermine the stability and unity of Ukraine' s parliament.

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AL BALA Aug. 16, 2012, 12:14 a.m.    

Gee ?

Love him or hate him he is 100% correct when he stated, "The Russian language is not a regional one here." !

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AL BALA Aug. 15, 2012, 4:19 p.m.    

3. 2 million school books purchased for the younger classes , 1.9 million in Russian


Dmitry Tabachnik vidraportuvav: problems with textbooks in Russian can not be.

Tabachnik informed that almost all schools will begin its work promptly and fully ready for the start of the academic process.


Gee ?

More school School books in Russian than in Ukrainian in Ukraine !

Russification of Ukraine back in full force, Just like in Muscovy {AKA-Russian Empire / AKA - USSR} ! ! ! !

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