Today, July 14, we mark one year since the adoption of the epoch-making decision of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine in the case based on the constitutional submission of 51 Ukrainian MPs regarding the conformity of the Constitution of Ukraine (constitutionality) with the Law of Ukraine "On Ensuring the Functioning of Ukrainian as the State Language".
With this historic decision, the Court recognized that the Law generally corresponds to the Constitution of Ukraine, and the "language issue" - is one of the main political tools of geopolitical expansion of the russian federation. The CCU affirmatively emphasized that "a threat to the Ukrainian language is equally a threat to the national security of Ukraine"
This document became an important pillar in the development and establishment of the Ukrainian language as the state language. It put an end to issues that caused chronic discussions and were the reason for long-term political manipulations of kremlin’s lobbies in our country.
In particular, the CCU focused attention on the fact that the Ukrainian language is an inseparable attribute of Ukrainian statehood, since the language issue has always been present in the national-cultural and political struggle of Ukrainians for their own state, and in the stateless period it was the Ukrainian language that substituted for absence of the Ukrainian state.
And today, as in past centuries, the russian occupiers' motives for committing genocide against Ukrainians are based on open hatred of everything Ukrainian, any demonstrations of national identity and moral consciousness.
The Ukrainian language, as the main sign of Ukrainian identity, and an important state-building factor of the Ukrainian nation, had always been one of the first targets for destruction by the russian imperialists, a key object of the policy of linguocide. The total, centuries-old, bloody ban on speech in the public sphere predicted the destruction of our nation, for which freedom, honor, and dignity were synonymous with the state.
It is important to realize that the fact of long-term linguocide of the Ukrainian language by russia is also officially recognized in Ukraine by a court of constitutional jurisdiction.
Another objection to the statehood of the Ukrainian language in Ukraine and beyond was the discussion about Ukrainian-russian bilingualism in the public space.
The Constitutional Court of Ukraine also vetoed such hostile aspirations:
"Ukraine is a unitary state in which there are no objective prerequisites for introducing official bilingualism. Therefore, propaganda or other practical activities aimed at the legal introduction of a second state language in Ukraine, the actual establishment of Ukrainian-russian bilingualism in any area of public communication, as well as the declaration of dialects of the Ukrainian language as separate languages are incompatible with the status of the Ukrainian language as a state language defined constitutionally”.
The Constitutional Court of Ukraine concluded that the thesis of the authors of the petition about discrimination against "russian-speaking citizens" is legally untenable.
The Constitutional Court emphasized the need for full mastery of the state language by national minorities living in Ukraine: "The state is empowered to establish the strictest possible requirements for full mastery of the state language... The education model must ensure such a proportion of the use of the national minority’s language and the state language as languages of instruction when, on the one hand, the goal of preservation of their identity by persons belonging to the national minority is achieved, and on the other hand, full mastery of the state language is not harmed in order to meet the needs of such persons to fully participate in public life and democratic processes."
The right for citizens of Ukraine to receive information in the state language is also an important companion of Ukrainian statehood.
The decision of the CCU in this regard states: "A citizen of Ukraine has no obligation to speak a language other than the state language, therefore providing him - as a consumer - against his will with information in a language other than the state language is a violation of his rights, which is incompatible with the Constitution of Ukraine ".
So, the epoch-making decision of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine dated 14.07.21 regarding the constitutionality of the law on language put an end to all discussions, justifying that the Ukrainian language is a fundamental element of Ukrainian statehood. Therefore, by protecting and developing the language, we defend and affirm the Ukrainian state, because, according to the court's definition, the Ukrainian language is an inseparable attribute of our statehood, which preserves its historical continuity from the ancient Kyiv era.
Glory to Ukraine!