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 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.
The Kremlin's linguicidal strategy: in russia, they want to "regulate the norms of the Ukrainian language" until its merging with russian. It is about an appeal of the State Duma member Yevhen Fedorov to the head of the Ministry of Science of the russian federation regarding the creation of the Institute for the Regulation of Ukrainian Language Standards in russia. The fictitious need for the "normalization" of the Ukrainian language proclaimed in the document is nothing more than the latest attempt at linguocide. It’s the same like the "protection" of the russian language on the territory of Ukraine serves as a justification for russians to commit the crime of genocide against Ukrainians - both russian-speaking and Ukrainian-speaking ones.
"Please don't talk about Ukrainian lessons". How to study in the occupied territory. In the history textbook for the 10th grade (issued by the Ministry of Education of the russian federation in 2022), the annexation of Crimea is called the "reunification" with russia that was caused by coming to power of "radical nationalists" in Kyiv. Schoolchildren should be told about the "struggle of Donbas for independence", special attention in the program is paid to putin's presidency and "the course to strengthen the statehood of russia".
Over 200 cases of linguocide of the Ukrainian language have been recorded in the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine, the language ombudsman Taras Kremin said. According to him, discrimination, persecution, and repression against Ukrainian citizens on the basis of language are components of the russian policy of genocide of the Ukrainian people. "In the occupied territories, the Ukrainian language is being displaced from all spheres of public life", - the ombudsman underlines. In particular, Russia is actively engaged in information terrorism. One of the most circulated fakes is the "split in Ukraine on the basis of language" which led to "civil conflict".
At the EFNIL International Conference "Language and Migration" the State Language Protection Commissioner presented a Report on the russian policy of linguocide in the occupied territories of Ukraine. The Commissioner emphasized that the so-called "language factor" had become the basis for russian military aggression and mass murders of Ukrainians: "The kremlin used an artificial slogan "protection of russian-speaking citizens of Ukraine" to justify the occupation of the part of territories of Ukraine". “When on February 24, 2022, the russian invaders violated the state borders of Ukraine, it was the language border that clearly pointed to the enemy and reminded that the Ukrainian language was a fundamental element of Ukrainian identity, national unity, and national security”, - Taras Kremin stated.
Taras Kremin: russia will be responsible for the linguocide of the Ukrainian language in the occupied territories. Information, collected by the Secretariat of the State Language Protection Commissioner regarding the linguocide of the Ukrainian language in the temporarily occupied territories, have been handed over to law enforcement agencies, domestic and international institutions investigating russia's war crimes in Ukraine.
In the captured territories, the occupiers are looting museums, and burning books and textbooks in the Ukrainian language — Ukrainian General Staff. As of August 3, 2022, the Ministry of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine recorded 500 episodes of russian war crimes against the Ukrainian cultural heritage. President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has repeatedly called for the exclusion of the Russian Federation from UNESCO.
Hundreds of children are taken "to russia" and are not allowed to learn Ukrainian: life in the occupied Zaporizhzhia region. The Mayor of Melitopol Ivan Fedorov reported about that. In particular, the Mayor said that teachers-collaborators demand that Berdiansk schoolchildren give up learning the Ukrainian language and literature and they offer them to write the appropriate statements. According to the same scenario, the events develop in Melitopol.