Ukraine's Interior Minister Arsen Avakov claimed that the Russian language and culture are not Russia's exclusive property; they belong to Ukraine, too. The official offered Ukrainian TV channels to broadcast their programs in Russian all over the world, as long as the editorial policy is pro-Ukrainian. Avakov said this in the recent interview.
Replying to the question if Kyiv could initiate the ban of broadcasting of Russian TV channels worldwide, Avakov said the following:
"I don't know how that is possible, but I'd rather do something else. I would like to see our TV channels broadcast worldwide, including the Russian-speaking channels... Russian language (...) doesn't belong to Russia. Ukrainian is the national language in Ukraine... But the Russian language and culture belong to Ukrainians as well, to the great extent. Why should I give up on it?" the Minister said.
According to Avakov, a foreign audience would gladly watch the Ukrainian Russian-speaking TV channels.
On January 16, 2021, the law on the provision of the functioning of the Ukrainian state language took effect. Over the first month alone, state language Ombudsman Taras Kremin received 605 claims and appeals of citizens who complained about not getting service in the Ukrainian language.