An opposition party activist holds a giant national flag as riot policemen stand guard during a protest in front of the Ukrainian parliament in Kiev on July 30, 2012.
ZAPORIZHIA – Zaporizhia Regional Council has declared Russian a regional language.
According to an Interfax-Ukraine, 79 of the 81 deputies that were present at the council's sitting approved the decision. Two members of the Batkivschyna Party voted against it.
As reported, earlier Odesa City Council and Odesa Regional Council assigned Russian language with the regional status.
The Crimean parliament instructed the Crimean government to draft and submit for approval amendments to the law of Ukraine on the principles of the state language policy by October 10, 2012.
Krasny Luch Town Council in Luhansk region has also declared Russian a regional language.
Deputies of Dnipropetrovsk and Donetsk regional councils and Kharkiv City Council are to consider the issue soon.