Party of Regions leader Victor Yanukovych is indignant that children in the east of Ukraine are forced to study the Ukrainian language, and calls it a “mockery”.

He claimed this speaking at a XIX Oblast conference of the Party of Regions in Donetsk on Friday.

Speaking about “the use of Russian language at Russian-speaking territories”, Victor Yanukovych noted that “people, even children, who went to the first form and had never spoken Ukrainian, are humiliated”.

“They are forced now to speak Ukrainian. They come home, cry, and do not want to go to school. There are many such examples. The number of students from the south-eastern regions of Ukraine has significantly reduced due to only one reason – they can’t pass exams in Ukrainian”, Victor Yanukovych claimed.