Disinfo: In Ukraine, it will be forbidden to communicate in Russian from January 2021

Summary

From January 16, 2021 it will be necessary to use the state language when ordering a cup of coffee, buying medicine. The so-called “language ombudsman” Taras Kremin underscoredthat from January 16, 2021, the service sector should switch exclusively to the Ukrainian language.

Disproof

This is a recurring pro-Kremlin propaganda narrative about the alleged discrimination of Ukraine's Russian-speaking minority and the country's ubiquitous Russophobia.

This is one in a series of news stories with false and manipulative headlines. The Russian language will not be banned in Ukraine. In Ukraine, service workers must start a conversation in Ukrainian from January 16, 2021, but they can change the language of communication at the request of the client. This is a quote taken out of context by the Commissioner for the Protection of the State Language Taras Kremlin. He recalled that "at the request of the client, his/her personal service can be carried out in another language."

Read the similar case, Rights of Russian-speaking people are violated in the Baltic States and Ukraine.

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  • Reported in: Issue 223
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 02/12/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Russophobia

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Disproof

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Disproof

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