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Ukraine: New Measures to Promote the Native Language

(Dec. 2, 2007) On November 20, 2007, Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko signed a decree on further promotion of the state language, which is Ukrainian, in the areas predominantly populated by non-Ukrainian minorities, especially in the Crimean peninsula. According to the Decree, new educational establishments, including a Ukrainian-Russian university, will be opened in such areas, special Ukrainian classes will be introduced in public schools, and programs aimed at studying language for the adult population will be initiated by the local administration. The decree provides for educational and other TV and radio programs in the Ukrainian language, allocates additional funds for libraries to purchase Ukrainian books and host Ukrainian theater tours, and orders the creation of local theaters performing in the Ukrainian language. (Yushchenko Passed a Decree on Ukrainian Language, UNIAN [Ukrainian National Information Agency], Nov. 20, 2007.)