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Ukrainian Police Block Russian-Language Protesters


Protesters in Kharkiv on August 20

Protesters in Kharkiv on August 20

Police in Ukraine have prevented an attempt by protesters to storm the city council building in the eastern city of Kharkiv to prevent lawmakers there from voting to approve the Russian language as an official regional language.

Hundreds of protesters chanting "Shame!" and "No to Russification!" were blocked from entering the building.

The Kharkiv City Council voted to implement the new law on state-language policy.

President Viktor Yanukovych earlier this month signed the law, which clears the way for an increase in the use of Russian in regions of Ukraine where Russian is spoken by most people.

The move has angered many Ukrainians, who view the law as weakening Ukraine's sovereignty in an attempt to curry favor with Moscow.


Based on reporting by UNIAN and Interfax

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