The President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky stated that the Russian language is not a property of Russia, and the language issue is purely political. He said this in a comment to journalists at Ukraine 30 forum.
Zelensky said that during one of his trips around the country, he argued with people who said that Ukrainian-speakers were at war with Russian-speakers. Because, according to the president, many Russian-speaking Ukrainians died for Ukraine, and the language issue is allegedly manipulated by the Russian Federation.
"The Russian language is not the property of Russia. I think so," he said.
The President also responded to words about the "brotherly peoples" of Ukraine and Russia.
"We (Ukrainians) are forgotten when we talk about the victory over fascism, about the World War II and how many lives were lost by Ukrainians. We are remembered in other "brotherly peoples" issues. I just think that, as you know, they say it is not fraternal to do this, more like Cain and Abel, something like this story," he added.
As it was reported earlier, the Verkhovna Rada is proposed to allow Ukrainian universities to teach students from abroad in a foreign language, including Russian. The respective bill #5727 was registered in the parliament by MPs from the Servant of the People party.