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May 24, 2012, 10:40 am

Yulia Tymoshenko: introduction of second official language is a crime against the nation

 
pr_a0493.jpgToday the ruling party headed by Yanukovych plans to consider an absolutely irresponsible bill to introduce bilingualism in Ukraine. This is an exactly one of those cases when, as they say, nobody pulled them by their tongues – they pulled themselves.

I have to note that there is already bilingualism in Ukraine – the language of crime, the language of corruption and the shadow economy. This is the language they use to fill out "forms" and "reports", this is the language and code they live by and bully the country with.

I have been saying for a long time that if you have a problem with languages, if you have issues with bilingualism – learn Ukrainian.

The introduction of a second official state language isn’t just a pre-election initiative of the Party of Regions. We know that ahead of every election they resurrect this topic and try to manipulate people. They don’t need either Russian or Ukrainian. They don’t need Ukraine or Russia. They live by other codes. They want personal enrichment and total control over the country.

I want to note that this isn’t just a pre-election game – it’s a crime against Ukraine, a crime against the nation. It’s a crime against history and against the people. And I seriously assert that I won’t let them do this! Listen to me, here, behind bars, I won’t let you sneer at Ukraine!

I want you all to know that abusing a language and the fundamental principles of a nation are far more dangerous than abusing Tymoshenko. No matter where I am, no matter what you do – I will get you and force you to answer before the law and the country for what you are doing right now.

Yulia Tymoshenko,
Ukrzaliznytsia Central Clinical Hospital № 5, Kharkiv

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