Today, November 9, the State Language Protection Commissioner Taras Kremin met with His Beatitude Metropolitan Epiphany of Kyiv and All Ukraine. The rector of the Kyiv Orthodox Theological Academy, Archpriest Oleksandr Trofymlyuk and Archpriest Vitaly Danchak also took part in the meeting and discussion of the functioning of the Ukrainian language as a state language.
On the occasion of the Day of Ukrainian Writing and Language, the Commissioner Kremin, together with Ukrainian scientist, journalist, and publicist Mykola Tymoshyk, held an open lecture for the students of the Kyiv Orthodox Theological Academy, dedicated to the life and work of Ivan Ohienko (Metropolitan Hilarion).
Due to the air-raid warning, the lecture was helding in the bomb shelter of the Academy.
"At Mykola Tymoshyk's open lecture in the bomb shelter, we are united in our words, deeds, and faith in Victory. Holding a weapon, we learned to defend ourselves and we know how to attack. At the same time, weapons can be different. You know about it no less than I do. The word is the weapon that unites us, and it also destroys the enemy," the Commissioner said.
"This year is a jubilee year for Metropolitan Hilarion. Let's not forget his ten most important language commandments of a conscious citizen, his proposed native language duties, and high-ranking affairs that glorify Ukraine as a great nation. I am convinced that today's lecture on the blessed Ukrainian word will inspire you, it will strengthen your faith and respect for spiritual parents and people for whom serving Ukraine was a matter of vital importance. I want to thank Professor Mykola Tymoshyk for the fact that he has been covering tens of thousands of kilometers for many decades to open to the world and approve new pages of Ivan Ohienko’s life as the champion of the Ukrainian spirit," he said.
"2022 is a year of the war, a year of confrontations, huge losses, but also great hopes for Ukraine's victory," Taras Kremin emphasized.