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Russia urges UN to protect rights of Russian-speaking citizens of Ukraine

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Russia urges UN to protect rights of Russian-speaking citizens of Ukraine


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The Federation Council of the Russian Federation has appealed to the UN and other international organizations to stand up for the rights of Russian-speaking residents of Ukraine, the Rossiyskaya Gazeta newspaper writes. Russian senators reminded the international community that the inhabitants of Ukraine would soon lose the opportunity to teach their children in their native language. This is written in a statement adopted by the upper house of the Russian parliament on Friday, July 24.

The document expresses concern that the provisions of the new law on education will begin to operate in Ukraine in the coming academic year. According to Russian politicians, it is unacceptable that in a country where millions of people speak Russian as their native language, education is almost completely transferred into Ukrainian.

Russkiy Mir reported that this law virtually prohibits teaching in any language other than Ukrainian. According to the document, children will be able to study in the languages ​​of national minorities, which include Russian, only in the elementary grades. Starting from the fifth grade, all subjects of the school curriculum will be taught exclusively in Ukrainian.

The Federation Council emphasized that Kiev had already been pointed to the inadmissibility of infringing on the rights of linguistic minorities. Sofia, Budapest, Warsaw, Athens, Chisinau, Bucharest opposed the law. The pro-Western orientation of Ukraine did not bring it closer to civilized democratic standards, but only further removed it from them, the parliamentarians are convinced. The policy of violent Ukrainization is also one of the main causes of the conflict in Donbass, which has already killed thousands of people.

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