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Ukraine's language law could result in Donbas secession, - Russian diplomat

Source : 112 Ukraine

Kyiv offers occupied parts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions to return to Ukraine, where there's no place for the Russian language, schools and kindergartens, Konstantin Kosachev says
19:22, 25 April 2019

Kommersant

The language law approved by Ukraine's Parliament on April 25 might lead to Donbas seceding from Ukraine's composition. Konstantin Kosachev, the senator at the Federation Council (Russian parliament's upper house) and chairs its Foreign Affairs Committee said this. TASS news agency quoted him as saying.

The diplomat said that the document might divide the country and put Donbas further away from Ukraine. He added it will be the exclusive fault of the Ukrainian government. 

Related: Russian Foreign Ministry says language law 'contradicts Constiution of Ukraine'

'Currently, Kyiv offers occupied parts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions to return to Ukraine, where there's no place for the Russian language, schools and kindergartens, normal relations with Russia, the memory about the Great Patriotic War and its heroes. A phenomenal stupidity, which may sooner or later result in Ukraine losing southeastern regions, and it's not about some fancy Russia's interference', Kosachev stated.

The Ukrainian Parliament supported the law on the functioning of the Ukrainian language as the state language. 278 MPs voted for the bill, which has been discussed and amended during the last two months. The document includes 2,500 amendments. It foresees that the President, Parliamentary Speaker, ministers, officials of all levels, teachers, judges, and doctors are obliged to know Ukrainian perfectly well. The law enforcement agencies and courts are bound to use Ukrainian, too. The document also concerns law enforcement agencies. On the other hand, it does not affect the language of private conversations and the language of religious services.  

Related: Ukrainian parliament adopts law on state language

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