OREANDA-NEWS. Ukraine’s plans to create an international Russian-language channel amid limited opportunities to use the Russian language within the country are insane. This was written by the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova on Facebook.

“That is, in order to convince people who are upholding the right to speak Russian in Ukraine, that they are wrong, Kiev will create a Russian-language channel,” she noted. when in their country Russian, in accordance with the new law on language, is allowed only for private communication and religious rites!".

“The insanity of what is happening is so incredible that the story more resembles a biblical parable than the situation of our day”, she added. Earlier in the presidential administration of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky announced plans to create an international Russian-language TV channel, which will help fight for the minds of Ukrainians around the world, including in the Crimea and Donbas.

On July 16, 2019, the law “On ensuring the functioning of the Ukrainian language as a state language” entered into force in Ukraine. He was adopted on April 25, 2019 by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine. May 15, five days before the expiration of his authority, the document was signed by President Petro Poroshenko. The new law establishes the mandatory use of the Ukrainian language in the public sphere and limits the possibility of using the languages of national minorities, including Russian.

On February 23, 2014, immediately after the coup d’état and the opposition came to power, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine voted to repeal the law On the Basics of the State Language Policy, which has been in effect since August 10, 2012. The document granted Russian language and national minority languages the status of regional in those localities where they are native to at least 10% of the population.