Ukrainian Nationalists Urge Pres To Defend Ukrainian Language

KIEV, Ukraine -- Leaders of Ukraine’s ultra-radical party calling itself the Congress of Ukrainian Nationalists (CUN), which is known for its staunch opposition to the attempts to legitimize the Russian language in this country, have urged President Viktor Yushchenko to convene a meeting of the National Security Council for discussing the language situation in the country.

CUN leader Alexei Ivchenko

The nationalists claim that decisions of some regional and local councils to give Russian the status of a regional language in the line with the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages put in jeopardy Ukraine’s national security.

“Such actions jolt the foundations of Ukraine’s statehood,” CUN’s leaders insist.

They urge “society and the authorities to rise to the defense of the Ukrainian language as an essential asset of the country’s independence and uniqueness of the Ukrainian nation.”

Local councils in the mostly Russian-speaking city of Kharkov, which is a vital center of industries, science and education in the Northeast of the country, as well as in the easternmost Lugansk region and the naval port city of Sevastopol in the Crimea, where the Russian Black Sea Fleet runs a major base, endorsed resolutions recently declaring Russian a regional language on their administrative territories.

CUN is part of Our Ukraine political bloc, which supports President Yushchenko and which emerged the third biggest winner of votes from the March 26 parliamentary election.

CUN’s leader, Alexei Ivchenko, holds the post of Chief Executive Officer in the national oil and gas monopoly Naftogaz Ukrainy.

CUN’s history goes back to 1929, when the territory of nowadays Ukraine was split among several countries, including the USSR, Poland and Romania.

The best-known historical leader of the organization was Stepan Bandera, a landmark figure for Ukrainian nationalist movement.

Source: ITAR-Tass

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Sergej said…
Ukrainian language first, then other languages but english is more important as world language then russian language! So russian languge can be village language as ukrainian language was once time in the past! Long live Ukraine and all citizens in Ukraine!