Сonducted by the Secretariat of the State Language Protection Commissioner a review of the activities of thirty broadcasters, engaged in national broadcasting during martial law, showed the absence of information TV channels that fully realized the right of Ukrainian citizens to receive information on current events in Ukraine and the world in the state language.
"Ukrainian-Russian bilingualism, which we observe in various spheres, is a vestige of colonialism as a consequence of the long-term russification of Ukrainians," Taras Kremin is convinced. The Commissioner commented on the decision of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine of 14.07.21 № 1-r/2021, which states that “a citizen of Ukraine has no obligation to speak a language other than the state one, so providing him, as a consumer, against his will information in a language other than state language”.
Commissioner noted on the International Museum Day and the deliberate destruction of the cultural heritage of the Ukrainian people by the russian occupiers.
Congratulating on the World Vushuvanka Day, Taras Kremin noted that Vyshyvanka, as a symbol of Ukrainian self-identity, embodied the depth of our traditions and the identity of Ukrainian culture, our freedom, indomitability and the spirit of justice.
In times of statelessness, in times of "red" terror, the Ukrainian language was the source of power and remained the grounds in the years of independence, when the leaders of the state, heads of regions and districts believed that the economy was the first thing to be restored and than - thinking about culture, education etc.”, the Commissioner said on the air of the New Christian TV Channel.
2022 is a historic year in terms of establishing and promoting the Ukrainian language as the state language, Taras Kremin said for Channel 5.
With the start of a full-scale war, Ukraine continues to remain in the spotlight of the world media. The focus is also on the language issue which is becoming more and more resonant against the background of russia's full-scale invasion and is gaining new meaning. The Commissioner writes about it in his author's column on LB.UA.
"Universities and research institutes are bombed almost every day. World-class scientists and young scientists are among those killed by enemy missiles, shot by russian soldiers, abducted or missing," Taras Kremin commented as to the Day of Science and the losses of the scientific community because of the Russian occupiers.
The Commissioner asks to report acts of linguocide of the Ukrainian language (any actions of the occupiers or their collaborators aimed at discrimination or repression against Ukrainians because of language, forced expulsion of the Ukrainian language from public space and public use, replacing it with russian).
About language in Ukraine and the world:
• "We are also working to ensure that russia compensates in one way or another for everything it has destroyed in Ukraine. Every burned house. Every ruined school, ruined hospital. Each blown up house of culture and infrastructure. Every destroyed enterprise. Every business stopped, every hryvnia lost - by people, enterprises, communities and the state, " Volodymyr Zelenskyy said.
• The European Parliament has backed a tribunal to try russia for war crimes.
• The occupiers continue to forcibly integrate Ukrainian children into russia. To do this, the invaders instill in Ukrainian educational institutions teaching subjects in accordance with "russian standards" at the temporarily occupied territories. It was announced by the Verkhovna Rada Commissioner for Human Rights Lyudmyla Denysova.
• EU leaders also spoke in Ukrainian and about Ukraine after the Kalush Orchestra's victory at the Eurovision.
• A telephone hotline for refugees in Ukrainian has been launched in the EU.
• By the decision of the Prime Minister of Georgia Irakli Garibashvili, the Ukrainian-language sector was created in the 20th public school in Batumi. Ukrainian students will have the opportunity to receive general education in their native language in Tbilisi and Batumi.
• Germany, Latvia, Lithuania and Bulgaria have joined the project “Books Without Borders». More than 55,000 books have already been published for Ukrainian children who had been forced to leave Ukraine.
• The places in Poland where you can buy children's books in Ukrainian.
• The Ministry of Digital Transformation and Meta discussed blocking Ukrainian content and opening an office in Ukraine.
• Collegium Civitas in Warsaw (Poland) will teach in Ukrainian. According to the rector of the institution, teaching in the Ukrainian language is being introduced for those who were forced to leave Ukraine due to the war.