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Donbas residents could enjoy Russian language's regional status, - Ukraine's Presidential Office

Andriy Bohdan, the head of the Office pointed out that the condition is the following: Donbas has to remain part of Ukraine
11:29, 1 July 2019

Andriy Bohdan
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The Russian language could get the status of a regional one in Donbas, with the Ukrainian preserving the status of the state language. Andriy Bohdan, the head of the Presidential Office of Ukraine said this in the interview with RBC-Ukraine news agency.  

'It's my personal opinion: I would let Donetsk and Luhansk to have Ukrainian as the state language and Russian as a regional one, under the condition that after this, they remain a territory of Ukraine", he said. 

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Based on whether it would be much easier to make Russian second state language, Bohdan replied "No". 

"I myself come from Lviv, I've got Banderites (perhaps, a reference to Ukrainian nationalists who stand for the use of Ukrainian language as the state language, - 112 International) in Lviv, I stand for Ukrainian language and for Ukraine. But we've got a problem, and we need it solved. We're talking all the time, no action, but we need to act", Bohdan said.

Answering the question if Kharkiv and Odesa asked for regional language preferences, choosing Russian over Ukrainian, Bohdan said: "Well, let's make everybody speak Ukrainian. Then, we'll eventually come to a situation where Ukraine is Ternopil, Lviv and Ivano-Frankivsk regions".

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