Moscow Complains about Campaign against Russian Speakers in Ukraine While Waging a Far More Sweeping One against Ukrainian Speakers in Russia, Yatsenyuk Says
Sept. 8 – Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says that Ukraine is “waging
war” against the Russian language, a charge that has attracted enormous
attention around the world even though it vastly overstates what is occurring in
Ukraine, Arseny Yatsenyuk, the former Ukrainian prime minister says.
in making that claim, Lavrov and those who follow him ignore the fact that in the
Russian Federation itself, there are approximately four million Ukrainians. But
there, “there is not a single full-scale Ukrainian school; there are no
Ukrainian language newspapers, radio, television, theaters or universities.”
words are important because they call attention to a sad fact of life – Moscow routinely
claims rights for itself and the Russian nation that it denies to others, and
its claims are all too often accepted at face value without anyone asking
questions about whether Russia is behaving in a reciprocal way.