Under the guise of protecting “regional languages,” the
legislation significantly increases the role of the Russian language.
The concerns from civic and religious organizations
about this law are well-summarized in a statement
from the Association of Jewish Organizations and Communities of Ukraine: “The draft law poses a threat to Ukrainian
society since it disregards the state status of the Ukrainian language, does
not protect minority languages at risk and arouses dissent and tension in
What Lytvyn’s motives can only be guessed since on July
4, following a blitzkrieg and highly irregular “vote” in parliament during his
absence, he resigned. But parliament refused to accept his resignation.