1 March 2018, 19:48



Language law abrogation proves Kiev’s unwillingness to hear Russian-speaking Donbass - deputy

LUGANSK, March 1 (Lugansk Media Centre) - Ukraine’s Constitutional Court ruling that the law “On the Basics of the State Language Policy” is unconstitutional has again shown the unwillingness to listen to Russian-speaking Donbass and south-eastern part of the country, LPR parliament deputy speaker Dmitriy Khoroshilov said.

On 28 February, Ukraine’s Constitutional Court recognised as unconstitutional the law “on the Basics of the State Language Policy.”

The document was passed by the Ukrainian parliament on 3 June 2012 and came into force on 10 August 2012. It provided for the use of two languages in the regions where ethnic minorities made up more than 10 percent of the population. The law recognised Russian as the regional language in Donetsk, Zaporozhye, Nikolayev, Odessa, Kharkov and Kherson regions, as well as in Crimea and Sevastopol. Hungarian became the regional language in Transcarpathia’s Beregovo, and Moldovan in Tarasovtsy village, Chernovtsi region, and Belaya Tserkov village, Transcarpathia region.

On 23 February 2014, the first day of the government overthrow, 232 Ukrainian parliamentarians voted for declaring the law invalid which was a major factor in provoking large protest actions in south-eastern Ukraine. Western diplomats were sharply critical of the move. Acting parliament speaker Alexander Turchinov declined to sign the resolution to abrogate the law. Ukrainian President Petr Poroshenko, immediately after his election as head of state, stated that revoking the law was a mistake.

“Consequently, the law had been effective until yesterday,” Khoroshilov said. “What is Ukraine offering to residents of our territories, LPR and DPR now? The Ukrainian language, military dictatorship and the gang at the helm in Kiev?”

“It follows that they keep to the path they’ve embarked upon, having no intention to fulfil the Minsk Agreements or come to terms with us,” he said.

“Ukraine shows again that it is not ready to hear the Russian-speaking population. It’s not only LPR and DPR, it’s Kharkov, Dnepropetrovsk and Odessa regions which are largely Russian-speaking. In general,  the lawfulness of this decision can be challenged from the Ukrainian Constitution viewpoint. This is new evidence of how biased Ukraine’s Constitutional Court is,” Khoroshilov said.

The LPR parliament deputy speaker added that the Constitutional Court’s decision contradicted the Ukrainian Fundamental Law which guaranteed free development of Russian and other languages of Ukraine’s national minorities.

LuganskMediaCentre — 01 March — Lugansk