The Verkhovna Rada adopted the law “On ensuring the functioning of the Ukrainian language as a state language”, securing its exclusive rights in comparison with other languages in the country. According to the document, the Ukrainian language is recognised as the only possible application in almost all areas of the country’s life. This is a discriminatory law that implies punitive measures. If it comes into force, it will significantly affect the literacy of the population of Ukraine and greatly impoverish it culturally.
On the eve of Belarus’ elections, the country is becoming an epicentre of Western struggle to control Eastern Europe. The level of competition over Belarus is linked to the weakening of the West and a revival of Russia’s military and political strength. Faced with systemic crisis, the West desperately needs a success story. This explains why the West’s interest toward Belarus is the highest today. The latest Western success story was a coup d’état in Ukraine which happened a result of mass protests under the motto of European choice. Belarus’ turnaround would become an even more conclusive evidence of the remaining might and attractiveness of the Euro-Atlantic space.