Russian language could be granted official status in Donbas after de-occupation – Bohdan

15:40, 01 July 2019
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"From my personal perspective: I would allow [to use] Ukrainian as state language in Donetsk and Luhansk [regions] and Russian as the regional one after these territories return to Ukraine," he told RBC Ukraine on July 1.

When asked whether it would be expedient to immediately make Russian the second state language, the official answered: "No."

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"I'm from [the western Ukrainian city of] Lviv. We have 'Banderites' [Bandera followers] there. I stand for the Ukrainian language and for Ukraine. But we have a [language] problem, which must be resolved. We keep talking endlessly, but we don't solve anything. But we have to make a decision," he said.

Bohdan believes that the second state language will deepen the conflict in the country. "In this case, I am against it," he stressed.

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