Lviv teacher of history (and part-time deputy of the City Council) Maryana Batyuk called the Fuhrer [Adolf Hitler] “a great man” and gave several quotes from his book “My Struggle” in her comment on Facebook. She later deleted the post.
Among other online activities that involved glorification of Nazi and Ukrainian Nazi collaborators during the WWII, she posted a photo of her students amicably performing the Sieg Heil gesture in honor of the division “Galicia”. Batyuk wrote in a commentary to the picture that those were seventh-graders of the Lvov school No. 100, in which a deputy of the “Svoboda” works as a teacher. According to her, they were creating a club for those interested in history.
Another photo that widely circulated online portrayed Batyuk surrounded by her students performing the Sieg Heil gesture.
Eduard Dolinsky, the head of the Jewish Committee of Ukraine left the following comment: “Mariana Batyuk, a history teacher and deputy director of secondary school # 100 in Lviv, together with her students are carrying out a lesson on the Holocaust and welcoming the Ministry of Education of Ukraine, the Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine and personally the Ukrainian Minister of Ukraine, Vyatrovich”
The Constitutional Court repeals the 2012 language law that guaranteed the use of minority languages.
The adoption of the language law in 2012 was one of the most high-profile political events in Ukraine. Voting for the law was accompanied by large-scale protests, starvation, blocking of the parliamentary rostrum and fights in the session hall. Opponents of the law were the then opposition and nationalists, arguing that the document poses a threat to Ukraine’s independence and is a step towards affirming the state status of the Russian language.
At the same time, the advocates of the law said that it guarantees the rights of the languages of national minorities and does not in any way threaten the Ukrainian language, since it proceeds from the principle of voluntarism – people themselves can choose in which language they want to teach their children, watch the media and communicate with authorities .
The law guaranteed the possibility of bilingualism in regions where the number of ethnic minorities exceeds 10%. As a result, in nine regions – Donetsk, Zaporozhye, Lugansk, Mykolayiv, Odessa, Kharkov and Kherson regions, as well as in the Crimea and Sevastopol, Russian was recognized as a regional language.
The Hungarian language became a regional language in the town of Berehove (Transcarpathia), Moldavian (Romanian) – in the village of Tarasivtsi in the Chernivtsi region. Romanian also became a regional language in the village of Belaya Tserkov (Biserica Alba) in the Rakhiv district of the Transcarpathian region.
On the next day after the change of power in Ukraine –which occurred as a result of the Maidan on February 23, 2014– at the emergency meeting of the Verkhovna Rada, the then deputy of the Fatherland and now Vice-Premier-Minister Vyacheslav Kirilenko introduced a draft resolution to revoke the 2012 language law. 232 deputies voted for passing the bill into the agenda and accepted it without discussion. This was one of the main reasons for launching large-scale protests in the southeast, which, with the support of Russia, took a separatist character and led, among other things, to the annexation of Crimea.
The abolition of the law was followed by an instantaneous reaction from the West: the Secretary General of the Council of Europe expressed regret over the repeal of the law, the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities stated that “the decision of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine to repeal the law of the state language policy from 2012 may lead to an aggravation of the situation.” An extremely negative assessment of this step was given by Western diplomats. Under the influence of all this, the acting president at the time, the chairman of the Verkhovna Rada, Alexander Turchinov, decided not to sign a decree to repeal the law. Even the current President Petro Poroshenko said immediately after his election that repealing the law was a mistake. At the time, Ukrainian authorities were afraid to give another reason for the growth of separatist sentiment in the southeast. Since then, that fear has disappeared.
57 deputies appealed to the Constitutional Court with a demand to recognize the adoption of this law as inconsistent with the Constitution. On February 28, 2018, the verdict of the Constitutional Court followed: Verkhovna Rada violated the procedure for considering and adopting the bill. That is, not the law itself was recognized as unconstitutional, but the procedure for its adoption (namely, because many deputies did not vote for it personally). In any case, the law is not longer valid.
The authors of the appeal to the Constitutional Court do not hide their triumph. “We sought the repeal of the [law] from the moment it was adopted, and it was exactly this shameful “law,” sneaked in by the Moscow agency in 2012, that was one of the stages in the preparation of Russian aggression against Ukraine, so it’s a logical, long-awaited, step – to adopt a new, state language law, “- said MP, a member of the nationalist party Svoboda [Freedom] Andrei Ilyenko.
Experts predict that Rada will adopt new language laws in the near future that will further strengthen the ongoing Ukrainization of the country.
“I expect that they will urgently start considering a new law on languages, all projects on this topic in one way or the other restrict the rights of minorities or violate them, and minorities constitute millions of citizens.” The further escalation of this issue will strengthen separatist sentiments in the state. it’s being done now because the elections are coming soon.The president is trying to win over the nationalist rope, which the authorities need to win to win elections,” said political expert Ruslan Bortnik.
Last year more than 30 authors, mostly from the presidential party BPP [Block of Petro Poroshenko], the “Popular Front” and “Samopomitsch” [Self-help], submitted to the parliament a bill that proposed to conduct a total Ukrainization.
The main idea of the project is to make the use of Ukrainian language mandatory in all spheres of state and public life, as well as in the media. Attempts to “introduce multilingualism” (probably, by this they mean calls for the expansion of the rights of Russian language) will become a criminal offense and will be equated with the overthrow of the state system. Serious liability and fines would be foreseen for ignoring the need to use Ukrainian language or for disregard for it. There are at least three similar projects in the parliament. Last summer, a preliminary committee recommended this document for adoption. Thus, the road to discussing it in the Rada is quite open.
Ukrainian “patriotic” children’s book writers: “Vova [a common boy’s name] killed his dog. Who can blame Vova? The dog did not want to learn Ukrainian language” (a poem from a children’s book presented for nomination for the prize of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine)
The online publication Strana.ua made an overview of patriotic and nationalist literature for children that started flourishing in the recent years. They identified the following tendencies: allegorical representations of Russia as a hostile state against the Ukrainian people; glorification of the Ukrainian Army and combatants in the so-called anti-terrorist operation in Donbass ATO; glorification of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA and OUN) that carried out acts of ethnic cleansing during the WWII.
Experts interviewed by Strana.ua express an opinion that the proliferation of such literature for children is a consequence of the government’s cultural policies.
“This is a consequence of state policies, when the state, instead of supporting high-quality, multicultural, multilingual content, qualitative and adequate content, supports the form.” Therefore, Gogol and Bulgakov are banned, and all sorts of stupidities go out to print, the main requirement being that they are written in Ukrainian. In fact, it is a Soviet tradition to glorify the current political regime and promote political ideas in literature. Today, the main hope is that teachers do not allow the study of this literature in kindergartens and schools. Of course, such books will always have their admirers, so they could be on sale or in libraries, but they can not be the foundation of the pedagogical process. It is important that public councils at the Ministry of Education reveal these excesses and do not carry them forcibly to the masses, “said political analyst Ruslan Bortnik.
“Decomunization”: Lviv decided to remove the statue of Glory installed in 1970 in celebration of the military glory of the Soviet armed forces and transfer it to a memorial museum of totalitarian regimes “Museum of Terror”
A well-known Ukrainian nationalist, former deputy in the Rada, member of the far-right nationalist party Svoboda [Freedom], and former advisor to the SBU, Yuri Michalchyshyn, publishes on his blog in an online news publication “The tasks for the Ukrainian nationalism in 2018” which include among other things a call for ethnic cleansing:
“17) To declare everywhere that ethical cleansing –and not lustration on paper- is the best instrument for the future purge in the government and governance.
19) To propagate a total extermination of the Kremlin vultures and ghouls, local traitors and turncoats, its voluntary helpers and accomplices — instead of “reconciliation” with the traitors of the Motherland and the enemies of the Ukrainian people.”
More on Yuri Michalchyshyn and the Svoboda party:
The former deputy of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine from “Svoboda” [Freedom] Irina Farion stated that Russian-speaking Ukrainians should be “neutralized.”
“Where is it written in the Constitution of Ukraine that the Russian-speaking population has the right to exist?” – asked Farion.
“If we have a certain category of people in Ukraine that boasts that they are Putin’s trophy, then why should I care about them? My task is to neutralize them as much as possible. And really not to give these people either education or work. Then they will start speaking Ukrainian the next day. Let these Russian-speaking people go to America, speak Russian there and find a job there. They will let them sweep the houses there! Let them go to Poland or the Czech Republic, “said Farion.
“Russian language in Ukraine is a branding of an invader, this is Putin’s best trophy. It is a symbol of the defeat of a Ukrainian before a Russian or -excuse me- a Muscovite – it’s much better to call them that, “added the politician.
Schools of the city of Khmelnytsky will no longer teach Russian whatsoever.
This was reported by the press service of the party “Freedom/Svoboda” with a reference to the mayor of the city who is its member. The message stated that there won’t be any school or any course in Russian starting next Monday. Teachers will have to petition a school that can provide Russian courses given a certain amount of such petitions.
Kiev City Council enacted a law for ‘ukrainization’ of the private and public service sector
According to the law, Ukrainian has to be used in all spheres of service sector. The project proposes to establish that in Kiev, the language of work, record keeping and documentation of municipal governments, enterprises, institutions and organizations of communal ownership must be exclusively Ukrainian.
Vice-Speaker of Rada [Parliament] “punished” a Russian-speaking deputy
In his speech, the People’s Deputy from the “Opposition Bloc” Yevgeny Balitsky was telling his colleagues about the catastrophic ecological situation in the Zaporozhye region. Vice Speaker of the Parliament Oksana Syroyed rudely interrupted him and demanded that he immediately switch to the “state language”. When he ignored her, she turned off his microphone forcing him eventually to switch to the Ukrainian language.
Ex-deputy head of the Security Service of Ukraine, Lieutenant-General Alexander Skipalsky called all those who “hate” the independent Ukraine potential criminals who need to be “taken under control”
In his opinion, if they are not taken under control, then in the country there will always be those wishing to accomplish such a diversion as the recent explosion of warehouses near Vinnitsa. Thus, Skipalsky has already identified the perpetrators of the fire in the warehouse – the haters of Ukraine.
“We can not take control of people on a national [ethnic] basis, but we can take people under control on the basis of their worldview. If a person hates Ukraine, surely he should be in sight of the SBU and limited in his possible criminal actions,” he said.
The Ukrainian People’s Deputy of the “Radical Party of Oleg Lyashko” Igor Mosiychuk commented on the acquittal of defendants in the case of May 2 in Odessa: “We’ll have to sack 100% of the judges ! And if not, then they will simply be lynched by Ukrainians! “- he wrote on his Facebook page.
The new educational reform: Total Ukrainization of schools [excerpt from an opinion piece]
Ukrainization of schools: In schools for national minorities, teaching of basic subjects will be conducted in the Ukrainian language.
The Minister of Education, Lilia Grinevich, has informed the TV channel “112.ua” about the reform. According to her, they plan to keep instruction in such schools in their native language in primary classes, but further teaching of basic subjects will be conducted mainly in Ukrainian.
On the air of Channel 5, “wrong” Ukrainians were suggested to be driven out “as Sudeten Germans” from the Czechoslovakia
The host of the TV show, Vitaly Gaydukevich, shared the following idea: those who consider themselves to be “pro-Ukrainian,” should have access to all the benefits. “And if you despise Ukraine – you will not enjoy the full scope of the citizen’s rights. This is the Baltic experience, where there were non-citizens, where people had to prove their knowledge of language and history. The experience of Czechoslovakia also came to my mind, when 3 million of people were driven out for the collaboration in the occupation. These were Sudeten Germans and Hungarians, “- said the host of Channel 5.
Scandalously known Odessan poet and supporter of Maidan Alexander Roitburd came to realization that fascism and fascists in Ukraine still exist.
He wrote about this in his blog at “Ukrainskaya Pravda” (“Ukrainian Truth”). “In Ukraine there is a real fascist party. Without irony and sarcasm. It’s called “Svoboda” (Freedom).” As a confirmation of his words, he cites the statements of a number of activists of “Freedom” on his Facebook page, in which they accuse the Jews of all the troubles of the Ukrainian people, beginning with the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. Roitburd, in his own words, expressed the opinion that the bearers of such views should be hung in Nuremberg.
The appearance of this blog on the website of the Ukrainskaya Pravda (“Ukrainian Truth”) has already caused a storm of resentment in social networks: Ukrainian nationalists are puzzled how the media outlet has allowed such a statement to appear there and require it to be removed immediately as unpatriotic.
Xenophobia: the ultra-right called on the residents of Odessa to fight the “grubby plague” – Roma.
Activists of the Odessa branch of the NGO “Sokol” (youth branch of the all-Ukrainian organization “Svoboda”) held an “agitation raid” in the area of the railway station, directed against the Roma. During the raid, activists pasted leaflets in the streets of the city with the title “Caution, Gypsies”, in which they urged citizens to avoid contact with representatives of Roma nationality.
“Gypsies are the bearers of various diseases and a hotbed of complete unsanitary conditions,” the Sokol affirms, adding that they consider the Roma as “parasites of society”.
In social networks it has been already noted that such “agitation raids” with the above rhetoric fall under the effect of Art. 161 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (violation of the equality of citizens, depending on their race, ethnicity or attitude to religion) and expressed the hope to see at least some reaction of law enforcement agencies.
A Ukrainian TV host: Russian-speaking Ukrainian citizens are a guarantee of a war in Ukraine; by the very fact of their existence, they harm state interests.
The anchor of the ZiK channel, Ostap Drozdov, wrote this on his Facebook page. A day before, he expelled his colleague Yuri Romanenko from his live TV show for the fact that the latter refused to switch to the Ukrainian language on the air.
Activist of the Odessa “Dem-aliance”: on May 2, 2014, a disinfection measure took place on the Kulikovo field.
An activist of the Odessa branch of the party “Democratic Alliance” Pavel Polamarchuk believes that the Kulikovo field was a “source of infection”, and he called the tragedy, in which 48 people died, “disinfection by natural means”.
This activist posted this statement in the social network Facebook.
It is worth noting that Pavel Polamarchuk is also a member of the group to investigate the circumstances of the tragedy (the so-called “May 2 group”).
The Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine considered an appeal by the People’s Deputy of Ukraine Oleksandr Feldman about the publication on Facebook of anti-Semitic images and statements by the head of the branch of the “Freedom” party in Fastovsky district Yuri Gorbinko. The Ministry found no signs of a criminal offense in Gorbinko’s actions.
This was posted by the director of the Ukrainian Jewish Committee Eduard Dolinsky on his Facebook page.
“Let me remind you that on June 5, 2017, Gorbinko published two anti-Semitic posters on his page and wrote: “Kiev’s kikes against Ukrainian general Roman Shukhevich. And I am remembering that guy with a short mustache [reference to Hitler] who unfortunately did not finish his work.” The letter of the Ministry of Internal Affairs says that the appeal was registered and a verification was carried out, which established: “that in such a “publicly consolidating” way, the head of the party organization Svoboda (Freedom) took part in the discussion that took place at the time of the deliberation session by the deputies of the Kyiv City Council on 06/01/2017 concerning the renaming of Prospect of General Vatutin in the Prospect of Roman Shukhevych.”
Dolinsky continues: “As a result, the police came to the conclusion that “In the course of the inspection there were not established sufficient grounds that testify to the commission of a criminal offense.”
At the same time, Dolinsky added that investigators state: “In accordance with Article 161 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine, actions aimed at inciting national, racial or religious hatred, to humiliate national honor and dignity, should be understood as any actions whose purpose is a significant increase among certain groups of the population of hostility, or insulting the feelings of citizens in connection with their religious beliefs, as well as direct or indirect restriction of rights or the establishment of direct or indirect privileges, based on race, color, political, religious and other beliefs, gender, ethnic and social origin, property status, place of residence, language or other grounds.”
An employee of a school library in the village of Utkonosovka of the Izmail district, Odessa region, was fired for issuing textbooks in Russian language, published in 1990, to schoolchildren.
In addition to the Ukrainian and Moldovan languages, at the choice of parents, children also learn Russian. However, Ukraine does not publish textbooks of Russian language for Moldovan schools and classes and so they do not supply them to schools.
A teacher decided to use the textbooks of a 1990 edition, printed in the times of the Ukrainian SSR. These books, written off already in 2004, were kept in the back room of the school library, and that’s where schoolchildren got them from.
One of the parents noticed that his child is taught Russian language according to a textbook that contains, among other things, forbidden communist symbols – for example, an image of the flag of the Ukrainian SSR. He published theseImages of sedition in social networks, which gave rise to a loud scandal, which had already reached the Izmail district education department.
The librarian, who gave ideologically harmful books to schoolchildren, was fired, while the principal and the teacher of the Russian language were reprimanded, all the seditious textbooks were confiscated and thrown out.
Governor of Mykolayiv region Alexei Savchenko said there are people in the Mykolayiv regional council who adhere to the separatist position and openly disregard the state symbols of Ukraine, who, however, can not be held accountable.
This was announced by the head of the Mykolayiv regional state administration on the air of the program “HARD with Vlaschenko” on the Zik channel.
“I understand, but the legislation does not provide for responsibility if a person does not stand up when the anthem is played, if he says insulting things about our flag. These people can not be held accountable. Such is the law, ” Savchenko said.
The head of the Odessa Banderovites: the war will last as long as there is Russian language and the Russian church in the country.
The head of the Odessa city branch of the “Freedom” party Sergey Soltasyuk named the main reasons on his Facebook page why the military actions in Donbass have not lasted already for four years.
“Millions of Ukrainian citizens are indignant every day with the criminal actions of the aggressor state, in words they pretend that as if they are mourning dead and mutilated Ukrainian soldiers … But in fact they preserve conditions for the further continuation of this hybrid war – first of all, by keeping Russian language and the Moscow church.”
An activist of Odessa “Euromaidan”, head of the local media center Alena Balaba said that Ukraine urgently needs to “break away from the colonial paradigm of the Russian Federation.” So Balaba commented on the fact that on June 1, the Kyiv authorities renamed General Vatutin Avenue in honor of the Nazi captain and UPA commander Roman Shukhevych.
“We all need to break away from the colonial paradigm of the Russian Federation. Absolutely. Do you see? Otherwise we will go back to the “scoop”, to the empire, to the pen, to the people’s prison … Therefore, one must break away in all possible ways. Beat Kremlin on the cheeks. Beat in the groins,” wrote the Maydan activist on her Facebook page, calling to rename streets of all Ukrainian cities in honor of Shukhevych.
The head of the Ukrainian Jewish Committee, Eduard Dolinsky, condemned the decision taken by the Kyiv city council to rename Vatutin Avenue in Shukhevych Avenue and called Shukhevych street in Kiev a national disgrace.
The Security Service of Ukraine opened a criminal trial in the case of financing by the Odessa City Council of a Church of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate.
As People’s Deputy Vitaliy Kupriy said on his Facebook page, criminal proceedings are open under art. 110-2 UCU (financing of actions committed for the purpose of violent change or overthrow of the constitutional order or seizure of state power, change of borders of the territory or state border of Ukraine).
A resident of Kherson complained about the enterprises working in the service sector, for the fact that they communicate with their clients in Russian. The man wrote about 10 complaints about violation of the requirements of the Law of Ukraine “On Languages” by employees of restaurants, shops and pharmacies.
The man did not like the fact that information in the menu, on the exhibition labels, in receipts is in Russian, while staff of restaurant facilities communicates in Russian.
After unscheduled inspections, the facts indicated in the complaint were confirmed. Administrative and economic penalties were applied to eight economic entities.
Unknown painted with swastikas a building of the Jewish center on Malaya Arnautskaya Street in Odessa.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine issued a statement commenting on the conflict that occurred on May 18 during a meeting of the Belgorod-Dnestrovsky City Council executive committee.
“Incidents are in no way connected with their ethnicity. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is watching with concern attempts to use the Bulgarian national minority to destabilize the situation in the south of the Odessa region, ” the department believes.
A scandal erupted recently in Belgorod-Dnestrovsky because of the approval of a detailed plan of the territories on Olimpiyskaya Street, for the building of a church by the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate. This plan was to be adopted by the City Executive Committee on May 18. However, on that day about 40 right-wing activists arrived at the meeting, including the ex-head of the “Right Sector” Sergei Sternenko: the radicals attacked a member of the executive committee Vasily Kashcha, who did not support the approval of the development plan, and poured him with “zelenka” [a green antiseptic]*. After that, the meeting was disrupted.
In turn, People’s Deputy Anton Kissé turned to the SBU and to the head of the Odessa Regional State Administration Maxim Stepanov with a demand to investigate the attack on Kashchi, stressing the fact that the feeling and dignity of the Bolgarians were hurt. Meanwhile, Sternenko accused Kissa of stirring up ethnic hatred and cooperation with Russia, while a OUN battalion commander Nikolai Kokhanivsky added that it’s time to start putting Bulgarians in jail for separatism and incitement of hatred.
*“Zelyonka” (зелёнка=the green) is a dilute alcoholic solution of brilliant green, sold as a topical antiseptic in Eastern Europe and Russia. The compound may lead to serious injuries if it comes to contact with the eye. In Eastern European countries, especially in Russia, it is used to physically attack political opponents, see Zelyonka attack. (Wikipedia)
Nationalist party “Svoboda”[“Freedom”] made a statement about the anniversary of the May massacre in Odessa: we must continue what was started and cleanse the city of evil
On May 2, 2014, ordinary citizens, despite the obstacles, including those made by the so-called law enforcement agents, courageously defended their city and their country, not allowing the creation in Odessa of a Novorossiya [New Russia]. This statement was distributed by the press service of the Odessa regional organization of the Svoboda.
A former assistant of Gaidar – an official from the administration of the governor of Odessa Saakashvili, called the May tragedy in Odessa “an ATO [Anti-Terrorist Operation] for one day.”
Victoria Siberia said that she was proud of like-minded people who took part in the bloody riots on May 2, 2014 in Odessa.
Odessa political strategist Zoya Kazanzhi, acting deputy to the governor of the Odessa region, Igor Palitse, approved the actions of the “Euro-Maidan” activists on May 2, 2014 and condemned the memorial actions on Kulikovo Field commemorating the victims of that day.
“We can now say with full confidence that the actions of the pro-Ukrainian side were absolutely correct and the only true ones,” Kazanzhi said. “Moans about the Kulikovo field is used by politicians exclusively to mobilize the separatist part of the population of Odessa and belongs to the propaganda carried out by today’s terrible Russia.”
The head of the Nikolaev Regional State Administration, Alexei Savchenko, regards the “Immortal Regiment” as an action against the people of Ukraine. He expressed this opinion on his Facebook page. “When the “Immortal regiment” was invented in the Russian Federation, it was and is an action against the people of Ukraine. People who believed in the sincerity of the intentions of the organizers of this step, will end up doubting this,”- wrote Alexei Savchenko.
The head of the Institute of National Memory of Ukraine Volodymyr Vyatrovich said that the symbols of the SS division “Galichina”, which was part of the SS troops of Nazi Germany, does not fall under the Ukrainian law on the prohibition of propaganda of communism and Nazism.
This is stated in the answer of Vyatrovich to the relevant request of the publication “Strana”. The head of the INPU referred to paragraph 5 of Part 1 of Art. 1 of the Law of Ukraine “On the condemnation of the communist and national-socialist (nazi) totalitarian regimes in Ukraine and the prohibition of propaganda of their symbols”, which lists what exactly is understood by Nazi symbols, and pointed out that this list does not contain symbols of the SS division “Galicia”.
Chernihiv authorities will spend 700 thousand UAH to turn a monument to Khmelnitsky with its back to Moscow
Deputy of the Kyiv City Council Igor Miroshnichenko (party “Svoboda” [‘Freedom”]) said that teachers and students should be beaten by whips for the use of Russian language in schools of Ukraine.
“If you go to an ordinary Ukrainian school, you will hear that everyone is communicating in Russian, including teachers and educators in kindergartens. What, do we need to go back to the use of whips? Sometimes, indeed, we should use a whip, because when in a Ukrainian-language school, teachers allow themselves to speak Russian, they show a bad example for children. Certainly, “Miroshnichenko said.
The head of the Ukrainian Institute of National Memory Vyatrovich urged Ukrainians to break ties with their relatives from Russia
In the Odessa branch of the Svoboda [Freedom] Party, they opposed the ban on the symbols of the SS Galichina division in the framework of the implementation of the Ukrainian law banning the propaganda of communism and Nazism.
A corresponding statement was made on the air of the Odessa television channel “Reporter” by the deputy chairman of the said party branch, Konstantin Vasilets. Commenting on the recent remarks made by the head of the Institute of National Memory of Ukraine Vladimir Vyatrovich on the same occasion, the member “Svoboda” noted that “the symbolism in question is a lion with three crowns, which is a common European symbol”. Vasilets added that this lion means “greatness, power and honor.”
A member of Parliament (from the radical Lyashko’s party) Mosiychuk recalled the language policy pursued by Nazi Germany in the occupied territories and offered to take an example from it and personally from Adolf Hitler.
I’m not saying that Russian language should be in Kiev, Lviv, Vasilkov, Kharkov. I say that it should be in the occupied territories. Because Hitler, when he occupied our territory, communicated with our great-grandfathers and grandfathers not in German, but in Ukrainian and Russian,” said Mosiychuk. Earlier, the Verkhovna rada has entered quotas on the Ukrainian language on TV. This means that almost all TV shows and films will now be broadcasted exclusively in Ukrainian. Commenting on this event, Prime Minister Vladimir Groisman announced the “world fashion” for Ukrainian language.
The former leader of the Odessa “right-wingers,” right-wing radical Sergei Sternenko, called the events of May 2, 2014 “the day of Odessa’s rescue from the war.”
There will be neither revenge of Ukrainophobes nor return to power in Ukraine of Viktor Yanukovych’s associates. This was stated by a People’s Deputy from the “Popular Front” Yuri Bereza on the air of “Channel 5”.
“There will be no revenge, because we have a great combat experience, this revolution ended in great blood … As soon as I feel that we are losing Ukraine, there will be actions. I have a “plan B.” There will not be a civil war. Rather a night of long knives, and that’s it, “- he said.
The city council of Kiev adopted a bill that obliges the personnel of shops and public catering establishments to serve customers in Ukrainian language.
Signs of institutions, as well as menus and the like should be decorated in Ukrainian language. At the same time, the service personnel are allowed to switch to another language only if the client requests so. As for employees of utilities and city services, for them Ukrainian language is defined as the only one allowed at work.
The National Television and Radio Broadcasting Council of Ukraine fined Odessa’s “Radio Glas” in the amount of 43,000 hryvnia for an insufficient share of the Ukrainian language on the air of the radio company.
According to the National Council, the radio “Radio Glas” broadcasted in Ukrainian was only 30.9% of its material, whereas under the law on television and radio broadcasting this share should be at least 60%. Kharkiv’s “Vesti.Radio” and a Mariupol radio station broadcasting at 104.0 FM were also fined for insufficient Ukrainianness.
The Verkhovna Rada is demanding a purge of Odessa : People’s Deputy Andrei Ilyenko demands taking the harshest measures to eliminate the “sprouts of separatism” in the Odessa region.
This Illyenko said at a briefing in Parliament. The reason for the statement were the actions on the Day of Liberation of Odessa, during which Odessa citizens, despite the attempts of the activists of “Euromaidan” to prevent them, laid flowers to the monument to the Unknown Sailor and other monuments. Kirilenko described these actions as “absolutely separatist.”
The head of the organization “Public Security Council”, Odessa “euro-Maidan” activist Mark Gordienko regrets that Ukraine is building a “democratic” state.
The activist wrote this on Facebook, commenting on the clashes during the laying of flowers on the Alley of Fame on the Day of Liberation of Odessa, that involved Ukrainian radical nationalists and representatives of the opposite political camp, the Kulikovo Field movement. “The problem is that we are building a democratic state, and not a revolutionary patriotic one. We would like to see crazy, mad and inadequate supporters of Mordor (“Donbas, we are with you”) getting beaten: whether to death or till the point of enlightenment, or at the very least – forced to undergo a compulsory psychiatric treatment … But so far it is not so”- Gordienko wrote. He also demanded an official investigation of the police that tried to calm down the conflicting parties on April 10 on the Walk of Fame, but noted that Odessa law enforcers should not be considered as supporters of “separatism.”
The mayor’s office of Mariupol received numerous appeals from public organizations and law enforcement agencies with a demand to ban a religious procession planned for April 16, dedicated to the Easter holiday.
This is stated in the appeal, published on the website of the city council of Mariupol. The SBU and the police are asked to prohibit the procession in the face of the fact that certain radical-minded persons may prevent the event. In this situation, law enforcement can not ensure the safety of the participants in the procession, which means that in their opinion, it should simply be banned.
Tomorrow, April 27, the session of the Mykolaiv regional council is scheduled to consider the issue of the responsibility of the deputy Nikolai Skoriy (“New Nation”). If the emphasis was first on his “separatist behavior” (he does not respect the anthem and the Bandera flag), then (given the fact that the law enforcement agencies did not establish the crime in his actions), the later emphasis was placed on his ignoring immediate sessions and commissions of the regional council.
At the end of the meeting of the presidium, the leader of the “New Nation” faction Tatiana Demchenko took the floor. She said that a few minutes earlier she had been given records of sessions and meetings of the presidiums of the village councils in the Bereznegovatsky district (in which Skory was elected) – everyone rated his work as “good” and “excellent.”
“Skory is a shame for the regional council and for you as the leader of the faction! – Vitaly Kindrativ, Deputy Head of the State Administration, exploded in response. – What is there to talk about? About Skory who does not get up when the national anthem is being played? ”
Activists of the Odessa branch of the public organization “Sokol” (a youth structure of the all-Ukrainian ultra-nationalist organization “Svoboda”) painted Nazi symbols on monuments near a railway station and on Marshal Zhukov Avenue.
This is reported on the page of the organization on Facebook. So, in the center of Odessa the Nazi symbol “Wolf’s Hook” (it was, among other things, the emblem of the 2nd Panzer Division of the SS “Reich”) was depicted on the monument to the battles for Odessa in 1918, while on Tairov street, they “decommunized” in the same way a memorial stone in honor of Marshal Georgy Zhukov on the same-named avenue. In addition, the nationalists tore up or painted over several tablets on the houses along this avenue. “Nationalists take away the names of the killers of the Ukrainian nation from the streets of the Ukrainian city,” commented on their actions in the “Falcon”.
The SBU found new enemies of Ukraine: Odessa Bulgarians, Gagauz, Rusyns and Hungarians. National minorities help Russia implement the plan for the federalization of Ukraine, but they will not be allowed to do so by the Security Service. The head of the SBU Vasily Hrytsak made this statement during a press conference.
The leader of the ruling Polish party “Law and Justice” Jaroslaw Kaczynski said that the heroization of the Ukrainian nationalist Stepan Bandera hinders the process of Ukraine’s integration into the EU.
This statement was made by the politician in an interview with Do Rzeczy. “I clearly said to President Poroshenko that with Bandera they [Ukraine] will not enter Europe. This business is clear for me, we have shown great patience, but there is a limit to everything,” Kaczynski said. In his view, Ukrainians during the Second World War “surpassed the Germans in cruelty against the Poles”.
Former adviser to the governor of the Odessa region, Igor Palitsa, Zoya Kazanzhi, a supporter of “EuroMaidan”, considers a mass worship of St. Panteleimon’s relics in Odessa as an “unhealthy excitement”.
The corresponding post Kazanji published on Facebook, stating that those who brought an Orthodox shrine to the city make “from Odessan people degenerates.”
The National Television and Radio Broadcasting Council fined a number of Ukrainian TV and radio stations for not complying with the norms of the legislation on broadcasting Ukrainian songs.
The People’s Deputy of Ukraine, cossack Mikhail Gavrilyuk, said that the country continues to trade with the uncontrolled territories of Donbass because of the business interests of many people.
The People’s Deputy (party “People’s Front” of Arseniy Yatsenyuk) made this statement in the corridors of the Verkhovna Rada. “There are many business interests there, many do not care what happens in the state, the main thing is that they have money. I think that all the people’s deputies need to be armed, we need to give everyone automatic weapons, to put traitors to the wall and to shoot them.”
The head of the Nikolayev Regional State Administration, Alexei Savchenko, on the occasion of the termination of his deputy powers, wrote a speech in which he called the Nikolaev region “65% separatist.”
The speech was published in the closed parliamentary group “BPP” (Block Petro Poroshenko). In his statement, Savchenko describes the conditions in which he has to work, and argues that 65% of the region’s population are “latent separatists”. “Today I am in charge of one of the most important and problematic areas of our state. It has 65% of latent separatism, and the majority of the population speaks Russian. Mykolaiv region always voted for the “Party of Regions”, and then – for the “Opposition block”. Even Kherson is more pro-Ukrainian! “- said Savchenko.
The head of the military-civilian administration of the frontline town Krasnogorovka Oleg Livanchuk described in an interview with online.ua how he treats potentially disloyal “subjects”.
According to Livanchuk, there are no more than 50 people for the entire population of ten thousand who are really “pro-Ukrainian”. “For example, we are going to events – Day of Vishivanka [traditional Ukrainian embroidered blouse], the Day of Flag, other national holidays. Only ten people would take our flags, our symbols. The rest – no.” Livanchuk explains that this deplorable state of affairs is due to both the strong Russian influence and the failed genetics of the local population. “There is a large percentage of stupid people here,” explains Livanchuk. “Eastern Ukraine, it is Sumy, Kharkiv, Sloboda regions. What is Sloboda? This is a neutral territory between the two states, where they would expel marginalized individuals and criminals. And genes do not change. A lot originates in genes. Here’s the gene pool for you. It must be taken out.” To this end, according to Livanchuk, the local population must be forced to love Ukraine – which he, by his own admission, does. “Do you want to get an oven? Love Ukraine. Write an essay, – says Livanchuk. – I have school directors writing essays about how they love Ukraine. I bring them up like this. I say: God forbid I’ll hear Russian at school (although I myself speak Russian) – I’ll kick you out! “We love Ukraine,” they say. “Love? Then sit down and write an essay! ” “Now when I go to school, they all speak Ukrainian. I’m tearing them up for this,” Livanchuk boasted.
According to the head of Krasnogorovka, it is also necessary to inculcate respect for Ukraine through repression. “Only through filtering. Only through jail. Only through courts. First, we need to change the judicial system, so that it is objective. And that’s it. To sentence, to sentence, to sentence. For some – to give real time, for others – probation. But just so it weighs down on them forever and ever. So that everyone knows that you can not “croak” against the state.”
Ex-MP Irina Farion is confident that the Russian language must be eradicated from the information space.
This is what Farion wrote on her Facebook page. “A journalist from Odessa just called me and dared to speak to me with the language of the invader. I switched to English with such speed, that “it” began to bleat something on the other end … “It” did not dare to call me any more, “says a former member of the CPSU [Communist Party of the Soviet Union].
The head of the Odessa city organization of the party “Svoboda” Sergei Soltasyuk reported on the results of Ukrainian nationalists “monitoring the implementation of language quotas on the radio.”
As Soltasyuk wrote on his Facebook page, on January 7, they tested a radio station from Odessa, “Harmony of the World” (102.7 FM): “From 15:10 to 16:30 on the air of this radio station there was not a single Ukrainian word … They read excerpts from works of Russian writers Ivan Bunin and Agniya Barto, talked about Rimsky-Korsakov – of course, in Russian …”
In the end of March 2016, more than fifty music performers and groups spoke out against the adoption of bill No. 3822 on quotas for the share of music in the Ukrainian language. Musicians believe the bill is populist. In their opinion, the adoption of quotas will facilitate the division of Ukrainians according to the language principle and will unequivocally work against unity in society on the territory of the country.
An activist of the Odessa “EuroMaidan”, a supporter of the “Democratic Alliance” party, Victoria Sibir, spoke in favor of oppressing the Russian language in Ukraine.
She commented on her Facebook page on the draft law “On Language” registered in the Verkhovna Rada.
“Try to look at this as a national security issue and not as an encroachment on your right to communicate in everyday life in any language … The choice of the language of communication is a habit, and for people with full intellectual ability, its formation should not be a problem. To get rid of a bad habit and start a new, you need from three weeks to a month.»
“Only oppression of the Russian, only hardcore! A “soft” Ukrainization would be an option in a mentally healthy society, our boarding school for difficult teenagers, however, still needs something more serious,” thus concludes the supporter of the Democratic Alliance.
The Head of the Association of Bulgarians of Ukraine, Odessa MP Anton Kissé (“Renaissance”) criticized the draft law “On Language” registered in the Verkhovna Rada.
According to the politician, this document infringes the rights of Ukrainian national minorities. ” I personally am not going to vote for such a bill. Moreover, I will appeal to a sensible approach and common sense, so that we do not make mistakes. Because the adoption of such documents causes tensions in society. There is already enough tension, “- said Kissé
The Ukrainian Institute of National Remembrance prepared a draft law “On State Holidays in Ukraine”, according to which a number of Soviet holidays are subject to decommunization.
This was stated by the head of the institute Vladimir Vyatrovich in an interview with the publication “Apostrophe”. “We already have a draft law “On state holidays in Ukraine. ” In the near future, we will put this question to public discussion. The main task in this direction will be the ordering of the holidays, because we have a calendar filled with some new Ukrainian national holidays, and old Soviet holidays still remain,” he said.