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 Ukrainiansin the temporarily occupied territories. Ukrainian language, as an important factor of national identity and state formation, is one of Russia's main goals inthe 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 a ll 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).
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.
In accordance with Part 5 of Article 49 of the Law of Ukraine “On Ensuring the Functioning of Ukrainian as the State Language” the Commissioner submitted an annual public report on its activities and compliance with the Law. A separate section of the document is devoted to linguocide as the deliberate destruction of the Ukrainian language, a component of the policy of genocide against Ukrainians by the russian federation in the temporarily occupied territories.
russian criminals are deliberately pursuing a policy of linguocide in the temporarily occupied territories — they persecute Ukrainians because of language and try to resume the educational process in schools according to the Russian educational law, they force to use the occupiers’ language in the public sphere and they replace the Ukrainian names with the russian ones. It was stated by Taras Kremin commenting on the preparation of the occupiers for a TV show for their citizens to celebrate the "victory" on May 9.
“Everyone, who is involved in the genocide of the Ukrainian people and continues to commit acts of linguocide against our citizens and the Ukrainian language, who has been to Bucha, Irpin’, Borodianka, and other cities and towns of Ukraine and has the blood of Ukrainians on his hands, must receive the most severe punishment”, Taras Kremin commented for the Pryamyi TV Channel.
Ukrainian has become a weapon of resistance against the russian invasion, prompting many russian speaking citizens of Ukraine to stop using their native language in public.
The Commissioner reported about the shutdown of the Ukrainian TV channels and radio stations by the russian federation in the occupied territories and their replacement by russian media – “This is a linguocide of the Ukrainian people”.
russian occupiers in Ukraine burn books in Ukrainian. It was stated by the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Humanitarian and Information Policy Mykyta Poturaev. “We have dozens of testimonies that all literature in the Ukrainian language is being deliberately destroyed. While they are there, they destroy everything: textbooks, children's books, fiction and nonfiction. If they see the Ukrainian language and Ukrainian letters, they do the same the Nazis did, "- Poturaev said.
The Commissioner asks to report on acts of linguocide of 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).