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.
In Mariupol’, the russian occupiers forbid schoolchildren to speak Ukrainian even during the breaks. This was reported by Petro Andryushchenko, the city mayor's advisor. "School management forbids teenagers who studied at Ukrainian-language schools to use Ukrainian even during the breaks", - he mentioned.
Parents register their children for one of the schools of the occupied Mariupol’.
russification of Ukrainian children - the russian federation plans to bring teachers from Novosibirsk to Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions. Students of the Novosibirsk State Pedagogical University (NSPU) were offered jobs in the "regions of Zaporizhzhia and Kherson", - the local edition Тайга.Інфо reports.
On June 15, the Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages published a statement regarding the inadmissibility of the russian federation's use of the status of the russian language as a minority language as a pretext for aggression against Ukraine. The State Language Protection Commissioner Taras Kremin, commenting on the relevant statement, emphasized that it was extremely important and timely for Ukraine.
Digital Russification – “Russia is taking over Ukraine’s internet - In occupied Ukraine, people’s internet is being routed to Russia - and subjected to its powerful censorship and surveillance machine”, - the Wired publication. “Since the start of Putin’s war in February, disrupting or disabling the internet infrastructure has been a common tactic – control over the flow of information is a powerful weapon. Russian missiles have destroyed TV towers, a cyberattack against the satellite system had knock-on impacts across Europe, and disinformation has tried to break Ukrainian spirits”.
russification is the genocide of Ukraine. When foreigners ask why so many Ukrainians speak Russian, please provide them with some historical facts showing the chronology of Russification and destruction of the Ukrainian language, culture and nation from 1708 to 1990. Although it started earlier.
In the temporarily occupied territories russians force Ukrainians to send their children to schools with a russian curriculum, and in case of refusal they threaten to deprive them of their parental rights.
Russian textbooks were delivered to Mariupol’ schools
"They are threatening with prison in Siberia". A teacher from the Kherson region told about occupiers’ pressure on educators. "They used such an ancient method of carrots and sticks. They threaten, but at the same time they try to give something good there. They began to threaten, first of all, the school management – directors and directors of studies".
"We’ve published the results of our mini-investigation regarding the russian policy of linguocide at the occupied territories as an element and a key method of dismantling the constitutional system of Ukraine and an element of genocide against the Ukrainian people. We’ve come to completely predictable conclusions: in all spheres of public life, wherever possible, the Ukrainian language is being destroyed,"- the State Language Protection Commissioner.
The russian language in Ukraine: the education ombudsman explained whether children can learn the occupiers’ language at school. According to the education ombudsman Serhii Gorbachev, if parents consider themselves the ethnic russians, they may apply to the school with a request to give an opportunity for their child to learn russian at school.