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May 15, 2013, 08:25 pm

Yulia Tymoshenko: we have an answer to the authors of the Valuev Circulars (photos)

pr_a5219.jpgFormer Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko has congratulated the winners, participants and organizers of the XIII Petro Yatsyk International Ukrainian Language Competition.

"Today, for the thirteenth consecutive year, this grand event is taking place in independent Ukraine’s beautiful capital Kyiv. Over these years, the Petro Yatsyk competition has affirmed Ukrainian as the official state language, elevated its prestige and strengthened our national spirit. This competition for knowledge of our native tongue has united Ukraine - East and West, North and South - and all the corners of the globe into one Ukrainian family. The competition has become another example of the indestructibility of the Ukrainian word, which took its roots from Nestor the Chronicler, was tempered in the dumas of the Kozaks and today is flourishing in the works of Lina Kostenko, Dmytro Pavlychko, Yuriy Mushketyk, Valeriy Shevchuk, Maria Matios and many, many others," Yulia Tymoshenko wrote in her greeting, which was read by her daughter, Eugenia, at the awards ceremony today at the Ivan Frank Theater.

The ex-premier noted that this year’s event was particularly important. "It is our answer to the political provocateurs, the authors of the new Valuev Circulars and Ems Decrees, who last year dragged through parliament the shameful language law and now are crying about 'bilingualism', hoping to split Ukraine. But the success of the Petro Yatsyk competition shows that Ukraine will always be independent and one, and that the Ukrainian language is the only official language," she said.

"For political reasons, in recent years the competition has been deprived of state support. But today it has become a true civic initiative and is voluntarily supported by people who care, by true patriots of Ukraine," Yulia Tymoshenko noted.

The ex-premier thanked the organizers of the competition for their selfless work. "The Petro Yatsyk Competition is a step into Ukraine’s future. It’s winners will soon enter adult life and they will not only know Ukrainian well, but love the Ukrainian language. These are the kind of leaders Ukraine needs - highly educated, decent, pro-European and deeply patriotic, in short - sons and daughters worthy of the Ukrainian people," she believes.

"I’m sorry I can’t be with you today and share the participants' joy, but know that I am with you in heart and spirit. I want the awards that my daughter Eugenia will hand out today to be my humble contribution to our common cause to solidify the official status of the Ukrainian language and strengthen Ukrainian statehood," Yulia Tymoshenko wrote.

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