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Ukrainian Police Block Russian-Language Protesters

Protesters in Kharkiv on August 20
Protesters in Kharkiv on August 20
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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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by: Jack from: US
August 20, 2012 17:03
as evident from RFE/RL reporting US government does not approve the new language law on the Ukraine

by: Konstantin from: Los Angeles
August 21, 2012 20:56
One must, at least, consider more voices of the Ukrainians,
According to their pre-population in "Russified" locations:
As Alans-Skifs by Gad-Pecheneg were exterminated,
Than Varanga-Magoga came to kill-cleanse Skifians,
Than imperial and red Russia "golodo"-repopulated.

Jack again? Why pay this annoying homo-maniak?
Putin, many might think he's your favorite Russak,
Adding it to the old rumors, spreaded in the West.
On another hand, as a Russian spy, maybe best,
Use you Jack as homosexual coverup, "umniak"?
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by: Boraslaw from: Podolia
August 22, 2012 10:55
Hey Konstantin !

The ukrainians were considered for 20+ years so much that you couldnt even speak russian. Now it is time to consider the russian minority and the russian speakers. Cant have equality, and you CANNOT join your European Union without equality laws...
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by: Konstantin from: Los Angeles
August 22, 2012 19:57
Any Citizen of Ukraine has right to have rights too.
And any language, including Russian, If it would be true.
I wasn't in former USSR for last 32 years, but I remember,
The way Russians walking on non-Russians like on lamber.

Kharkiv police, probably pro-Russian, block Ukrainians, why?
Have Ukraine Magority, but minority in Kharkiv, equal rights?
To say no "rozkolu Ukrainy" to stop the Chief Russian spy?
Not unlike "golodomor", with domination of Russian guys:

Donetck militcia was eating Soviet rations, claimed right,
Plunder villages, but use bulets if villagers search food,
In empty potato field, or bark in nearby strip of woods?
Russians claim right to annex Ukraine, while outright
Block Ukrainians saying "don't do it Russian brat"!
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by: Darren
August 29, 2012 06:56
I think Ukranian have the right to protest again the such law that can ruin their language to be known after a few years. Making Russian Language as their official language is not a bad deal but why about those who love their mother tongue and have never spoken Russian.

In a democratic countries everyone has the right say his/her feelings and this is what we can see. The government is not going to implement a translator like axistranslations.com who can interpret them to understand Russian language easily. So I am not against it but it does not look so much ease to implement and for people or the countries growth it will create a problem.

Even I am much surprised on the basis of two countries relationships what exactly that means either we are on the track of being under them or we going to be similar? that is not possible according to any situation when apposition is so strong.

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