Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman says the Ukrainian language has become an integral part of the country's modern cultural content.
"Today, Ukraine is actively promoting the development of the Ukrainian language not only as a state language, but also a means of everyday communication. Ukrainian has become an integral part of Ukrainian's modern cultural content. Modern Ukrainian books, songs, movies, and plays are gaining popularity not only in our country, but also beyond. And this is good news. This gives reason to look into the future with optimism," he said, addressing his compatriots on the International Mother Language Day (IMLD), February 21, according to the Ukrainian government portal.
Groysman recalled that IMLD was established to support linguistic and cultural diversity and preserve multilingualism across the globe.
"Any language in the world is property of mankind, as it enriches not only its carriers, but also the entire human civilization. Therefore, protection of various languages and support of linguistic diversity is something all nations and the international community must engage in," the prime minister stressed.
"I'd like to emphasize that the decades of excessive domination of Russian products was aimed at the complete depreciation and blurring out of the Ukrainian cultural, humanitarian, and information field. This was one of the significant reasons for the start of the Russian armed aggression against Ukraine," the head of government said.
Groysman assured that the government would take care of the protection and development of the Ukrainian, Crimean Tatar and other minority languages.
"Language is one of the most important components of our further development. May cultural and linguistic diversity always be the key to Ukraine's success, harmonious development of an individual, society, and the state," he added.
UNIAN memo. On February 21, representatives of all nations and nationalities across the world mark International Mother Language Day. The holiday was founded at the 30th session of the UNESCO General Conference in Paris in November 1999 to support linguistic and cultural diversity, as well as multilingualism.
IMLD should contribute to the protection of the language as the cultural heritage of each nationality and nation.