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Russia accuses Ukraine of violation of international law by adoption of language law

According to Russia, the law on the Ukrainian language affects the rights of not only Russian-speaking Ukrainians but many other national minorities
10:28, 3 May 2019

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Dmitry Balakin, the Deputy Permanent Representative of Russia to the OSCE, stated that adoption of the law on the Ukrainian language affects the right of the national minorities in Ukraine and contradicts the international law as TASS reported.

“This act, which aims for the total Ukrainization, does not contradict only point 11 of the Minsk measures, which provides the right for the language self-determination but it also contradicts the international law and human rights commitments of Ukraine, including within the OSCE,” Balakin said.

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He emphasized that the law on the Ukrainian language affects the rights of not only Russian-speaking Ukrainians but many other national minorities.

He also noted that nobody was interested in the opinion of Donbas citizens when the law was adopted.

On April 25, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has adopted the draft law #5670-d on the provision of the functioning of the Ukrainian language as the state one on the second reading and in general.

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Earlier we reported that 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. 

On February 28, 2018, the Constitutional Court of Ukraine produced a ruling in regards to the law “On the principles of the state language policy” #5029-VI (the so-called “Kolesnychenko-Kivalov” law).

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