DISINFO: Ukrainian authorities constantly oppress and infringe Russian-speaking people
  • Outlet: ru.armeniasputnik.am (archived)*
  • Date of publication: September 13, 2021
  • Article language(s): Russian
  • Reported in: Issue 258
  • Countries / regions discussed: Ukraine, Russia
Russian language Human rights Anti-Russian Russophobia

DISINFO: Ukrainian authorities constantly oppress and infringe Russian-speaking people


The wild desire to become European among Ukrainian officials took the form of paranoia. It is obvious that Ukrainian citizens will not voluntarily switch to the Latin alphabet. The idea of switching to the Latin alphabet is directed primarily against the Russian-speaking population of Ukraine, whom the country's authorities constantly oppress and infringe upon.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives alleging that Ukraine discriminates against Russians living on its territory, that it is a Russophobic, anti-Russian country.

There is no discrimination against Russian language or Russian culture in Ukraine.

Ukraine passed Law on ensuring the functioning of the Ukrainian language as a state language in 2019, but this legislation only regulates the use of Ukrainian in the public spheres. Russian and other languages of national minorities can be freely used in private communication, can be in book publishing, in the press, radio, television, education, and the service sector. The law also allows the use of other languages in the healthcare system and law enforcement.

Therefore, the claim about Russian and other minority languages being discriminated against in Ukraine is groundless.

Тhis false narrative appeared after the Secretary of the National Security and Defence Council Alexei Danilov suggested that Ukraine should switch from the Cyrillic alphabet to the Latin alphabet. Discussions about the Latin alphabet arise from time to time. It was only a proposal, so far there is no consensus or any decisions on this matter.

A Latin alphabet for the Ukrainian language (called Latynka) has been proposed or imposed several times in the history of Ukraine but has never challenged the conventional Cyrillic Ukrainian alphabet.

After the collapse of the USSR, several countries in the post-Soviet space returned to the Latin alphabet, these are Azerbaijan, Turkmenisitan, Uzbekistan, and Moldova. Kazakhstan is also on its way to switch to the Latin alphabet.

Read a similar case claiming that in Ukraine, it will be forbidden to communicate in Russian from January 2021, that Ukraine has established an apartheid regime in relation to Russian speakers, and that Ukraine fights against the Russian language.


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