Ukrainian American Bar Association: Russia’s Disinformation Campaign Regarding Ukrainian Language Policy

The Russian government is deceitfully attempting to justify its invasion of Ukraine under a pretext that ethnic Russians who reside in Ukraine are discriminated against because of their use of the Russian language and their ethnic background. The Kremlin disingenuously claims that the new Ukrainian government recently passed legislation “banning” the Russian language. The Kremlin’s disinformation campaign is clearly intended to foment ethnic tensions and destabilize Ukraine. Regrettably, Western media has been blindly reciting this disinformation as if it were fact without doing any due diligence whatsoever as to its accuracy.

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From editorial board: zigzags of the party line

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The Russian media covers the situation in Crimea as if Russia is ready to incorporate the peninsula, evacuate all Russians, or even send in its troops tomorrow. Behind the imperial propaganda is nothing, neither political nor economic capabilities nor a desire to be an empire.

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Russia’s Consul General refutes Russia’s claim about victims in Crimea

One of the  justifications for Russia’s decision to send troops into Ukraine was a statement by the Speaker of the Federation Council, Valentyna Matviyenko, about victims among Russian citizens in Crimea.

General Consul of Russia in Crimea, Vyacheslav Svetlichniy, does not confirm Matviyenko’s statement about victims in Crimea, which served as a basis for the decision to deploy troops in Ukraine.

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Maidan representatives outline their demands for the new government of Ukraine

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Members of Ukraine’s “government of national trust” cannot be on the list of one hundred richest people in Ukraine, nor can they be executives within the acting government or employees of the presidential administration who have held these positions since 2010. These are [some of] the criteria established by [Maidan’s] “Circle of National Trust”, as set out in a statement by the Circle provided to Interfax-Ukraine. Other requirements include at least seven years of work experience, except for the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Security Service of Ukraine and the Ministry of Defence, and five years of work experience in management positions. Candidates must also have nothing to do with human rights violations and there must be no information available linking them to any sort of corruption.

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Akhmetov Has Demanded to Stop Talking about Separatism

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“Ukrainian billionaire Renat Akhmetov is against federalization and separatism,” the Head of Donetsk State Administration Andrei Shyshatskyi said at his press conference.

“Akhmetov is at home, in the country.  I met him and we talked that a peacefulsolution must be found. He was and is against the further use of force escalating as an answer. Ukraine must be one and undivided;  there must be no talks about separatism and federalization – that was his position,” – said Shyshatskyi.

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The sotnyk who turned it around: We had to break them down

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by Oksana Kovalenko, Ukraiynska Pravda

24 February 2014

Volodymyr Parasiuk is the very man who has turned the revolution around and kept Viktor Yanukovych from remaining at Bankova Street for another eight months.

It was he who made it through to the stage on Friday, 21 February 2014, after the “settlement agreement” was signed between the then-president and the opposition leaders. He delivered an ultimatum, raising the politicians’ morale and causing Yanukovych to flee Mezhyhiria for parts unknown.

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The Russian State Duma is quick to take offense to the language law

The Russian State Duma fears that the Verkhovna Rada’s abolition of the law conferring regional language status on the Russian language could complicate relations between the Russian Federation and the new government of Ukraine.

Leonid Slutsky, chairman of the Duma Committee for CIS matters, Eurasian integration, and relations with Russian nationals, announced his objections to the language law to journalists in Moscow, reports news channel UNIAN. “I hope this negative step will not complicate our dialogue with the future coalition government in Ukraine,” Slutsky said. “Undoubtedly, this dialogue will be conducted in Russian,” he concluded.

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Odesa Deputies Call to Preserve Country’s Territorial Integrity

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The Odesa city and oblast council deputies held a meeting on the evening of February 22 where they discussed and approved a statement regarding the situation in Ukraine.

“We declare that preserving the territorial integrity of the country is our principled position. We have only one Ukraine, though different corners of the country may have their local features. We will not allow oblast or city councils to make any decision that can question the integrity of Ukraine or incite violence in our region,” they stated in the document.

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EuroMaidan Self-Defense stops Yatsenyuk and Tymoshenko at the airport Kyiv, Ukraine

Self Defense 1: We are a little concerned about how you drove in here. You have guards, we understand, but we want to build a new Ukraine.

Yatsenyuk: You are right.

Self Defense 1: …where there won’t be any cronies…

Yatesnyuk: I agree with you.

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Last Hours of Dictatorship in Ukraine

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Events in Ukraine have been unfolding at lightning speed. Last night, an agreement was signed between the president and the opposition. This agreement left the protesters unsatisfied, as it included nothing on the resignation of Yanukovych or the prosecution of those responsible for the violence against peaceful protesters during the demonstrations. The agreement addressed the surrender of all ammunition to the authorities. However, it was very unclear how Maidan would respond and whether the violent clashes would continue. Maidan issued Yanukovych an ultimatum and demanded his resignation by 10 a.m. on 22 February.

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