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The Russian language retained the regional status of Zaporizhia

City council deputies did not have enough votes to cancel their predecessors' decision

Zaporozhye City Council

In Zaporozhye, the city council did not vote for the decision to abolish the granting of the regional center status for the Russian language. This was said by UNN.

On Wednesday, November 28, MPs reviewed the draft decision "On the Abolition of Decisions of Zaporizhzhia City Council", which provided for the abolition of the following decisions of the city council:

  • "On granting the language status of the region to the Russian language in Zaporozhye";
  • "On retransmission of Russian television channels in Zaporozhye cable networks";
  • "On the Protection of the Right to Information of Citizens of Zaporozhye" (2008);
  • "On creating the conditions for the further development of the Russian language in Zaporozhye city" (2007);
  • "Consultation on Consultative Review of Consultative Citizens (Advisory Referendum) for Zaporozhye City Administration in order to determine the will of Zaporozhye citizens of the city to grant Russian as a state language status with Ukrainian" (2009).
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The draft decision was supported by 22 members, voted against "0", did not vote – 19. To make a decision, it required 33 votes "yes", therefore no decision was taken.

Recall that in 2012, the Verkhovna Rada adopted a scandalous "Kolesnichenko-Kivalov law" on languages. He predicted that if the number of speakers of a region in a given territory is not less than 10% of the total population, this language can be used for the work of local government institutions and the circulation of official documents simultaneously with the state.

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On February 28, 2018, the Constitutional Court of Ukraine abolished the "language law", declaring it to be anti-constitutional.

According to Art. 10 of the Ukrainian Constitution, the state language in Ukraine is the Ukrainian language.

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