The legislative council of Lugansk in the eastern Ukraine approved a bill on languages similar to the one passed by the Verkhovna Rada last week. Addressing lawmakers, Lugansk Mayor Sergei Kravchenko said the new law restored legitimacy in the Ukraine after two decades of violations that deprived people in a number of provinces of the right to speak or receive education in their native language. The law will enable school graduates in the Donbass region, where the majority of children attend Russian schools, to obtain high-quality post-secondary education in Russian. Meanwhile, nationalists in the Western Ukraine continue to fuel hysteria over the new law.
10 July 2012
Voice of Russia World Service