Members of parliament Iryna Farion and Yuriy Mykhalchyshyn are suggesting a prison term of up to three years for those who intentionally push Ukrainian out of official use, including in publicly funded kindergartens, for example. The same prison term would apply for those who publicly insult Ukrainian.

If the harm to Ukrainian comes from a public official, with use of Internet or media, or is done by a group of individuals, the potential prison term increases to five years. If the actions caused “severe damage” to Ukrainian, the suggested prison term goes up to seven years – the same as the minimum for premeditated murder.

In their explanatory note, the two deputies say that encroachment on Ukrainian language “warps  Constitutional requirements and carries a real threat to national interests of Ukraine. These actions should be qualified as an assault on the constitutional system.”

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