Purposeful destruction of the Ukrainian language (linguocide), as a defining feature of the Ukrainian nation, by Russia for many centuries is an indisputable historical fact.
Linguocide is a constituent part of the policy of genocide against Ukrainians in the temporarily occupied territories. Ukrainian language, as an important factor of national identity and state formation, is one of Russia's main goals in the war against Ukraine.
Acts of linguocide of the Ukrainian language are always accompanied by threats, intimidation, use of physical force, psychological pressure, restraint of liberty, abduction, torture, murder and other crimes against Ukrainians. Illegal acts and documents containing evidence of linguocide may be issued and distributed on behalf of the occupation administrations.
We hope all occupiers’ crimes, including those ones related to linguocide, will be duly recorded, investigated and brought to justice. The perpetrators must be identified and punished.
For that purpose, the State Language Protection Commissioner of Ukraine Taras Kremin appealed to the Ukrainians and representatives of international community to report about the acts of linguocide against the Ukrainian language (any actions of the occupiers or their collaborators aimed at discrimination or persecution of Ukrainians on the basis of language, forcible expulsion of the Ukrainian language from public space and public use, replacing it with Russian).
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Detailed documentation of acts of linguocide of the Ukrainian language will be important for the arrangement of legal prosecution of criminals and bringing them to justice.
We bring to your attention the following statements of the State Language Protection Commissioner and other facts regarding the acts of genocide of the Ukrainian language.
Nagging stories of a teenager from Mariupol, whom the russians deported to moscow and forbade him to speak Ukrainian. 16-year-old Serhii was forbidden to speak Ukrainian, but he was ready to fight for his return to his homeland… The war in Ukraine is not only at the battle field . Since February 2022, russians have been illegally transferring children from Ukraine to the russian federation - over the past 10 months the occupants could kidnap and deport several hundred thousand Ukrainian children.
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“The development of the Ukrainian language can be stopped only by russian tanks on Khreshchatyk”, Taras Marusyk, a specialist in language policy of Radio France Internationale. Almost half of Ukrainians speak only the state language in everyday life, according to the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology (KIIS). Over the past five years, the number of Ukrainian-speaking Ukrainians has increased by 7%. The share of russian-speaking Ukrainians during this time decreased by 11%.
The repressed words: how the soviet government changed the Ukrainian language. russia has tried to destroy the Ukrainian language, culture, and traditions for hundreds of years. The soviet authorities repressed Ukrainian political and cultural figures. They were killed or sent to exile not to allow them spreading the Ukrainian.
The funds of school libraries in the temporarily occupied Luhansk region are advised to remove more than 300 positions from the list of books’ funds. There are fiction, books on history, biography, and essays relating to Ukraine. In addition to books from the list, it is also recommended to remove literature on the Holodomor in Ukraine, textbooks and reference books on the history of Ukraine, comic books for children and adolescents, literature that "promotes European gender values", journalism published after 2014, books from the series "Famous Ukrainians", fiction about "events of the period of modern history" in Ukraine and Donbas, etc.
The new language: how russian propaganda tries to construct the reality of russians and demoralize Ukrainians with words. The kremlin has adopted the know-how of the soviet and nazi regimes so that citizens obey and believe that the aggression against Ukraine is justified and follows the plan. "Special operation", not "war", "clap", not "explosion", "regrouping" rather than "withdrawal", "gesture of goodwill", and not "loss of control over the Snake Island" - all these and many other words and phrases are used by russian propaganda media.
The route of prohibitions of the Ukrainian language: how the project "Linguocide" works. In November, numerous white-and-black-red signs with QR codes began to appear on the streets, at bus stops, and opposite the government and historical buildings of Kyiv. All of them are part of the project "linguocide" designed to tell the people of Kyiv the history of oppression and prohibitions of the Ukrainian language.
The manipulation: The Ukrainian language and culture in the ussr were not humiliated, but rather pursued a policy of "Ukrainianization". The network disseminates information that in the ussr in fact the Ukrainian language was not humiliated, but, on the contrary, forced Ukrainization was conducted. As an example, a clipping from the newspaper "Priazovsky Proletariat" with a column on how teachers of the Mariupol district were forced to take "state courses of Ukrainization", during which they had to "learn the Ukrainian language and get acquainted with the culture and life of the Ukrainian people".
Photo: The sign telling about the Valuev Circular (18 July, 1863) - secret order of the Minister of Internal Affairs of the russian empire Peter Valuev to the territorial censorship committees, which ordered to suspend the publication of a large part of the books written in "Little Russian", that is, in Ukrainian. According to the decree, the publication of religious, educational, and educational books was prohibited, but the publication of fiction was allowed.
Since September 1, at schools of the temporarily occupied territories of the Luhansk region an "educational process" continues according to "russian standards" and textbooks, the classes are taught in russian by locals mainly. However, among the academic disciplines, the occupation authorities left two hours a week for the Ukrainian language and literature.
russian textbooks in the temporarily occupied Svatovo schools. Photo by: Telegram/Svatovo.NEWS
The occupiers seized the premises of Ukrainian universities in the temporarily occupied territories and created their fake educational institutions without students. The majority of students did not begin to “study” in propaganda centers, where they will be given a piece of paper that is not recognized by anyone. Despite the fact that the enemy even canceled the entrance exams and fees for “training”, it did not help.
“The russian authorities should prohibit children, who were brought or deported to russia, from speaking the Ukrainian language”. This opinion was voiced by the Associate Professor of the Department of russian History of the Peoples’ Friendship University of russia Boris Yakymenko. According to the propagandist, children actively arrange their parties, during which they communicate in Ukrainian. According to Yakymenko, such actions are a threat for the current regime in russia.
"Business can’t communicate in russian, because this language is associated with murderers", co-owner of Monobank Oleg Gorokhovskyi. “I had a fracture when I saw the Orcs changed the letters on the "Mariupol" sign. I finally realized that this is not a question of language, but of differentiation. It is so fundamental for them, but it is very strange that it is not fundamental for us”.
In the temporarily occupied Mariupol, russian invaders throw away books from the library funds of the Azov State University. This was reported by the Mariupol City Council in its telegram channel. "Then the books will be disposed of. Everything, as the Nazis did during the occupation of the city by the Germans during the Second World War, the Russians turned out to be good students," the city council said.
“We constantly emphasize the facts of linguocide in the temporarily occupied territories as a matter of attention of international and domestic human rights institutions and law enforcement agencies. The world knows about the burning of books by russian criminals, the displacement of Ukrainian and Crimean Tatar languages from the educational process, the removal, humiliation, and murder of teachers, etc. These are elements of the genocide of the Ukrainian people”, Taras Kremin, State Language Protection Commissioner stressed on at the press conference: "Native Language - Mother of Unity" dedicated to International Mother Language Day on February 21.
International Mother Language Day: seven facts about the failure of russification in Ukraine. The struggle for preserving and approving the Ukrainian language has its own history, which has reached a fundamentally new level after russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine. New Voice cites the data of sociologists who testify that russia's war against Ukraine has led to the final failure of russification in our country.
During the full-scale invasion of its army of Ukraine, the russian authorities have stepped up efforts to ideologically "re-educate" Ukrainian children who are in the temporarily occupied territories, researchers and human rights activists say. According to them, russia, under the guise of a humanitarian mission, takes these children to the illegally annexed Crimea and russia where it organizes "re-education camps" for them.
Children in the assembly hall of the School №44 of Simferopol during the performance of the anthem of russia
The Ukrainian language in the temporarily occupied territories will be taught according to a special textbook - in order to form "traditional russian values" in children. As follows from the relevant state contract, a textbook of the Ukrainian language for schools in the occupied territories was created in russia. It is for 5-9 grades, but only for those who decide to continue their studies in Ukrainian. According to the technical task, the future textbook should "form for pupils traditional russian values that reflect the original spiritual, historical and cultural development of the multinational people of russia, historical memory and continuity of generations, the unity of the peoples of russia, higher moral feelings, the priority of the spiritual over the material, family traditions".