Parliament Passes Language Law
The law provides for the mandatory use of the Ukrainian language by government agencies, local governments, and in other spheres of public life
The law provides for the mandatory use of the Ukrainian language by government agencies, local governments, and in other spheres of public life.
The law is not applicable to private communication or in the implementation of religious rites.
The law was approved with 278 elected officials voting for it.
Before the vote, the people’s deputies were shown a film where Ukrainian writers, poets, community activists, scientists, actors, and church leaders spoke for the law.
Also, the third president, Viktor Yushchenko, and Patriarch Philaret came to the parliamentary hall.
Parliament Speaker Andrei Parubiy – who planned to resign after the law’s passage – said that President Petro Poroshenko has promised to sign the draft law.
“Adoption of the law on ensuring the functioning of Ukrainian as a state language is a truly historic decision, which stands together with the restoration of our army and the receipt of autocephaly of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine,” Poroshenko wrote.