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Ukraine šParliament passes Ukrainian language bill

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  • Ukraine šParliament passes Ukrainian language bill

    On April 25, 2019, Ukrainian lawmakers are to vote a law enforcing the use of Ukrainian in official settings.

    The Verkhovna Rada has adopted a contentious bill on protecting the Ukrainian language. The draft law will now be sent to the president for his signature.

    Passed in its second reading on April 25, the bill will formalize rules governing the usage of Ukrainian language in the media, education, and business. It aims to strengthen the languages role in a country where much of the public still speaks Russian.

    However, the document has not been without controversy. Earlier versions of the bill appeared poised to place potentially unbearable burdens on English-language publications like the Kyiv Post. However, this was changed in later versions of the text.