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Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov has responded to the latest statement by Russian State Duma Chairman Vyacheslav Volodin on the threat of "separation" of several regions from Ukraine in defiance of the new language law that he claims "oppresses" national minorities.

The head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, in a Facebook posting, emphasized that, in fact, there are many Russian-speaking Ukrainian nationalists in Ukraine, and he is "one of them."

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"I'll address Mr Volodin: do speak more often! This helps us, Ukrainians, better understand the true aspirations of the 'Russian world'. I'll also address our people – supporters of total forgiveness, purchase of electricity and cheap gas at discount prices, and others that insist that 'we are one people', re-read [statements by] people like Volodin," Avakov wrote.

According to him, Volodin's words can be regarded as "new lenses for rose-colored glasses" for supporters of friendship with Russia.