Ukraine Says Russian Language Should Be Abolished Unnecessary Rhetoric – UN Spokesperson

The UN has observed a lot of “unnecessary rhetoric” regarding the conflict in Ukraine, including statements by Ukrainian official Oleksiy Danilov to abolish the Russian language in Ukraine, UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said on Friday.

UNITED NATIONS (UrduPoint News/Sputnik – October 22, 2022) The United Nations has observed a lot of “unnecessary rhetoric” regarding the conflict in Ukraine, including statements by Ukrainian official Oleksiy Danilov to abolish the Russian language in Ukraine, spokesperson of the UN declared Stéphane Dujarric on Friday.

“Since the beginning of the conflict, we have seen a lot of rhetoric, which, to say the least, does not help,” Dujarric said during a press briefing.

Dujarric said words — and actions — matter, and the words used by Danilov, head of Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council, regarding the Russian language and Russians in Ukraine were particularly troublesome.

Earlier on Friday, Danilov said the Russian language should be completely abolished in Ukraine as it is “an element of hostile propaganda” and reaching an agreement with the Russian-speaking part of the Ukrainian population poses a threat to the state.

Danilov also said that learning English should be compulsory in Ukraine in addition to learning the Ukrainian language.

In the 2001 census, more than 14.3 million Ukrainians, almost 30% of the population, called Russian their mother tongue. Since the US-backed Maidan coup in 2014, Kyiv has adopted a number of policies aimed at regulating and restricting the use of the Russian language on television and in public places, including in education and service sectors.

Discrimination against the Russian-speaking population led to a civil war in Ukraine, which led to the people’s republics of Donetsk and Luhansk declaring their independence and asking Russia to help them defend against the escalation attacks by Ukrainian troops.

Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin declared on October 14 that the very issue of abolishing the Ukrainian language in Russia was illegal.

Sylvester L. Goldfarb