Ukraine’s national security chief calls for the abolition of the Russian language in the country
The head of the Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council, Oleksiy Danilov, said on Friday that the Russian language should be completely abolished in Ukraine, noting that reaching an agreement with the Russian-speaking part of the Ukrainian population posed a threat to the ‘State.
MOSCOW (UrduPoint News / Sputnik – October 21, 2022) The head of the Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council, Oleksiy Danilov, said on Friday that the Russian language should be completely abolished in Ukraine, noting that reaching an agreement with the Russian-speaking part of the Ukrainian population poses a threat to the state.
“The Russian language in general should disappear from our territory as an element of hostile propaganda and brainwashing of our population,” Danilov told a national talk show.
Danilov claimed that the “narrative” about the need to achieve mutual understanding with Russian-speaking Ukrainians is very dangerous for the state. At the same time, the official called for compulsory study of English in the country in addition to the Ukrainian language.
“Planting these Russian narratives here is a very, very dangerous thing. Presumably, we need to understand each other, who they are, what they are. Look, we don’t need anything from them. Let them get rid of us, let them go to their swamps and croak in their Russian language,” Danilov said.
Danilov complained about a large number of Ukrainian political pundits who regularly appear on television using Russian as their primary language.
In response to this, the show’s host offered to create and broadcast a list of Russian-speaking Ukrainian public figures.
According to the 2001 census, more than 14.3 million Ukrainians, almost 30% of the country’s population, called Russian their mother tongue. Since the Maidan coup in 2014, Kyiv has adopted a number of policies aimed at regulating and limiting the use of the Russian language on television and in public places, including in the education sector and services.
Discrimination of 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, finally, to appeal to Russia for help in defending themselves against the Ukrainian aggression at the end of February.
Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on October 14 that the very issue of abolishing the Ukrainian language in Russia is illegal, since it is one of the state languages in the Russian federal subject of the Crimea.