Odessa Regional Council decided that in Odessa region, along with the Ukrainian language as the state language, the Russian language as regional language shall be used. The measures aimed at the use of regional languages specified in the law of Ukraine on national language policy shall be applied for Russian. The relevant decision was adopted by regional council deputies at the extraordinary session on Wednesday.

In addition, the regional council addressed the rural and city councils with the proposal to adopt similar decisions on the development, use and protection of the Russian language as a regional one.

The regional council also instructed the regional administration to provide for expenditure for implementation of the law of Ukraine on national language policy in the Odesa regional budget 2013.

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