The Parliament of Ukraine has registered a draft bill “On languages of Ukraine”, submitted by representatives of the anti-crisis coalition Evhen Kushnaryov (Party of Regions), Vasyl Volga (SPU) and Leonid Grach (CPU).

“This bill provides for use of all main languages used by Ukraine’s citizens,” Kushnaryov told Friday at a press conference.

According to him, the status of Ukrainian as the state language is clearly written out in the document. At the same time, the draft bill includes and explains a concept of “regional language.” According to the deputy, a regional language is a language used by no less than 10% of population on a certain territory. In particular, according to the document, regional languages numbers Belarusian, Bulgarian, Yiddish, Crimean-Tatar, Moldavian, German, modern Greek, Polish, Russian, Romanian, Slovak and Hungarian languages.

According to Kushnaryov, the draft objective is “to stop opposition of Russian as the most popular language to the Ukrainian state language.”

He expresses the hope that the given draft law will be considered and adopted at the next session of the Verkhovna Rada.  “We will make every effort within the coalition to the law to be considered and passed by the Verkhovna Rada at the next session,” the deputy emphasized.

Kushnaryov opined that the draft bill would be backed not only by representatives of the anti-crisis coalition, but BYuT faction members as well.

He also did not exclude that the bill might be vetoed by the President. “It is quite possible that the President will be prompted to veto the draft bill,” Kushnaryov considers.


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