The status of Ukraine's state language will be endorsed over the course of the next ten years, when the government implements the respective program. President Petro Poroshenko said he would soon sign the decree that foresees respective measures.
'In the near future, I will sign the decree on development of the ten-years-long program of entrenchment and strengthening of the status of native Ukrainian language. The next ten years are going to be the decennium of the Ukrainian language in Ukraine. Positive, irreversible changes should take place', the President said in his speech on the occasion of Taras Shevchenko's 204th anniversary.
Poroshenko added that the language issue should not be tampered with, whenever the future election campaigns take place. 'I don't want this question to appear on the electoral campaign agenda again. The language is supposed to unite people, not divide them'. We cannot give this 'fifth column' any opportunities to gain even a tiny advantange at the upcoming presidential, parliamentary and local elections', he said.
Kyiv hosts a number of solemn events due to the 204th anniversary of Taras Shevchenko, the world-renowned Ukrainian poet and painter. Because of that, Kyiv City State Administration decided to temporarily close certain stops of public transport in the city's downtown - at Volodymyrska and Tereshchenkivska streets, as well as Shevchenko Avenue.