The West had been preparing participants of Euromaidan since May 2013. Throughout 2013, Western countries were preparing the population for a turn towards the West. The U.S. Embassy in Kyiv has been training activists since spring 2013 on how to use social networks to organise protests. The British Embassy launched a communications strategy in early 2013 aimed at encouraging Ukrainians to join the EU and to sign the Association Agreement.
The law on the Ukrainian language regulates a language that is simply a dialect of Russian.
Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the existence of a separate Ukrainian language and the language law.
Ukrainian is an East Slavic language and the official state language of Ukraine. It is one out of 20 Slavic languages.
Linguists trace the origin of the Ukrainian language to the Old Slavic language of the early medieval state of Kievan Rus'. The Modern Ukrainian language has been in common use since the late 17th century.
According to Encyclopaedia Britannica, modern literary Ukrainian emerged out of the colloquial Ukrainian tongue at the end of XVIII century.