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.
There were many stereotypes about the Ukrainian language related to its origin and development, some of them were invented by russian propaganda. Some of them still exist in our society. For this reason, some Ukrainians often did not want to speak it for a while.
How the russian empire prevented Ukrainians from being Ukrainians. One of the obsessive topics of kremlin propaganda is the "oppressions" of russians and the russian language in Ukraine. As in other cases, rashism simply reflects its own "sins".
Poster "To Ukrainian comrads", 1920. The signature: "Only the brotherly union of soviet Ukraine with soviet russia will liberate workers and peasants from the world's robbers and enemies of the kulaks, capitalists, and hetmans"
In modern russia, the number of Ukrainians, who were the third largest ethnic group (more than 4 million) in 1989, in 2021 fell to the 8th position in the ranking (less than 900 thousand) - even despite the inclusion in the statistics of the population of the occupied Crimea, in which the pace of de-Ukrainization is even more impressive for 9 years. No Ukrainian-language school has been operating in russia for many years.
They never existed. "Ukrainian" words, invented by Soviet authorities, to desecrate our language. For decades, soviet authorities and russian propaganda have invented words that seem to be Ukrainian to make our language funny and inappropriate. The trouble is that this hostile myth has taken root, and sometimes still exists.
A teacher from the Chernihiv region wrote a manual on the Ukrainian language under the shelling attacks. When explosions and shelling thundered around, she wrote a manual for teaching the Ukrainian language for the 5th grade. Teacher Tetiana Buturlym spent more than 40 days without light and communication. Three times she hid the most valuable from the russians in the forest: her daughter and laptops with all the developments.
russian occupants began to dismantle road signs in the Ukrainian language. In the captured part of the Kherson region, russian invaders and their local henchmen began to dismantle road signs in the Ukrainian language. This is reported by propaganda media. According to propagandists of the occupying country, works began on the road Kherson - Nova Kakhovka - Henichesk (Chervone, Semykhatky). Funds are allocated from the federal budget of the aggressor country.
Is the Ukrainian Donbas pro-russian? Facts that destroy historical myths. Under the soviet government and in the times of independent Ukraine, historians and politicians artificially imposed the idea that Donbas was exclusively a red belt, and the communist ideology was dominant. And it's unfair.
"russification" of abducted Ukrainian children is overseen by a supporter of neo-Nazi groups - Reuters. The links of the adviser to the so-called "children's ombudsman" of the russian federation Maria Lvova-Belova with a neo-Nazi group were revealed, Reuters reports. Now he is responsible for "humanitarian programs" for children in the occupied territories of Ukraine.
russian terrorists destroyed another Ukrainian school. On August 23, in the city of Romny, Sumy region, russian Shahed hit the school. According to the Ukrainian Ministry of Education and Science, the school building was designed for almost 200 pupils.
In the city of Romny in the Sumy region, russian Shahed hit the school. The school building is completely destroyed.
46% of schoolchildren from the temporarily occupied part of Zaporizhzhia chose the Ukrainian language for study. In spring, the occupiers announced that since September 1, 2023, the study of the Ukrainian language for schoolchildren ceased to be mandatory, and parents were invited to choose which language their children would learn as their native - russian or Ukrainian.
The Crimean Tatar language is under threat of extinction. How will Ukraine save it, and what can each of us do? According to UNESCO estimates, the Crimean Tatar language is under threat of extinction. Among the reasons, the organization distinguishes two events that took place with a difference of 70 years: the deportation of the Crimean Tatar population in 1944 and the occupation of Crimea in 2014.
On the eve of the new academic year, russian invaders continue carrying out systematic educational linguocide aimed at suppressing the Ukrainian language and cultural identity in the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine. The occupation authorities provide total control over educational institutions and change the content of educational programs with deviations from Ukrainian history and culture based on russian propaganda. These changes covered all levels of education - from preschool, extracurricular to higher schools.
Taras Kremin: putin's regime is trying to destroy all signs of Ukrainian statehood in the temporarily occupied territories. “Since 2014, the occupation regime has not slowed the pace of russification in the occupied territories, and continues to do everything to destroy all signs of Ukrainian statehood there", Language Ombudsman said, noting that, in particular, it concerned the sphere of education.
Voluntary arming of Ukrainians: language is a weapon. Even a conscious transition to the native language is a difficult issue for most Ukrainians, because it is not easy to think and feel russian for many generations, even knowing that this is imposed by the system, and today numerous studies show that, according to surveys, among the reasons for the state of stress of the residents of Ukraine is that they understand that they speak a language that is hostile to them, but the transition to Ukrainian is too difficult for them.
The manipulation. Ukrainian schoolchildren worsened their progress due to "Ukrainization". Speculation on language issues is one of the main topics of russians. These are both the humiliation of russian speakers, and the second-ratedness of those who speak russian in Ukraine. This time the Ukrainian language interferes with the successfulness of schoolchildren. Thus, one of the reports states that, according to statistics, due to the total "Ukrainization" of Ukrainian schoolchildren, their ability to master academic subjects has decreased.