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.
The russian occupiers placed a ban on teachers’ departure from Mariupol’, they stopped issuing passes to them. This was stated by the city mayor's adviser Petro Andryushchenko in Telegram. According to Andryushchenko, there are many recorded cases when the occupiers convince teachers to go to work by force. "The facts of “convincing” to go to work by beating are becoming widespread. Separate patrols visit teachers at home and use examples to explain the need for cooperation. All this happens with the help and support of collaborators", - he summarized.
According to Serhii Haidai, Head of the Luhansk Regional Military Administration, russians pay 10,000 rubles to pupils’ parents for school attendance in the occupied territories of the Luhansk region. Payments can be received only if the child is sent to school up to September 15.
An aggressor nation, the russian federation, is preparing a textbook on the "classical Ukrainian language" for teaching at schools in the occupied territories of Ukraine. The issue of the textbook was announced by the russian Minister of Education Serhii Kravtsov in a meeting with the president of the russian federation Vladimir Putin. In Moscow it was stated that in the occupied areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions schoolchildren would be "taught" according to "special plans, educational materials", and "teachers had completed appropriate qualification upgrading courses".
The Сommissioner told the international participants about the facts of linguocide in the occupied territories of Ukraine at an international round table: "Counteraction against disinformation in the context of hostilities” in Kyiv. "In the territories occupied by russia Ukrainians are victims of genocide. Therefore, such facts as discrimination based on language, suppression of language, culture, and identity are the tip of the criminal iceberg of lies and murder".
russia wants to steal the Ukrainian language: the shocking statement of the state duma member. The deputy of the state duma of the russian federation Yevhen Fedorov proposed to create in russia an institute for the regulation of Ukrainian language norms. He sent the relevant letter to the head of the Ministry of Science Valerii Falkov, russian media inform.
According to the State Language Protection Commissioner of Ukraine T. Kremin, an educational process of Ukraine is among the first victims of linguocide - the purposeful destruction of the Ukrainian language as the main sign of ethnicity. The russian invaders began to russify schools everywhere in the occupied territories. Due to the resistance from school directors and teachers, the vast majority of educational institutions has gone online and has been resisting the thieves since the first days of occupation.
Genocide evidences. The acts on elimination of Ukrainian literature from schools were found in the liberated Kharkiv region. The occupiers’ "documents" found in the liberated Balaklia were made public by journalist Denys Kazanskyi. “Evidences of the genocide policy that was carried out by the Russian occupiers in Ukraine. Under the pretext of “fighting against fascism”, first of all, they began to fight against the Ukrainian language and culture”, - the journalist emphasized.
In captured Mariupol’ teachers tell the first-grade pupils that the city is the part of the russian federation, and they ask them to learn the anthem of russia at home. This was stated by the city mayor's adviser Petro Andryushchenko in Telegram. “Mariupol’. Textbooks strike the eye at once. From a Russian textbook children can learn that ... Ukrainians do not exist in Russia. Especially talented collaborators are already telling the first-grade pupils that Ukrainians are the nation invented by Nazis".